Hayashibara Museum of Art

Hayashibara Museum of Art, Okayama: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Hayashibara Museum of Art Reviews: 3.5/5

Hayashibara Museum of Art
3.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
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4 contributions
small but interesting
Feb 2020
The title says it all, this is a small museum that has a great variety of exhibitions. Check what is being exhibited before going. It is a fun and interesting place to check out while in Okayama
Written December 28, 2020
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Marcus W
Worthing, UK329 contributions
Poor
Aug 2016 • Family
The cost of entry was over twice what the guidebook suggested it would be, it's now 700 yen per person, and unless you have an interest in the quality of steel and kinds of samurai swords used there is little else here.

The museum itself is of a wonderful design and is the best thing about the place. I would definitely suggest going to the yumeji art museum instead, but that is at the gate to the gardens and we visited the gardens first, then the castle then this museum ... a mistake. I suggest you do it all in a different order: castle first and get your interest tickled by the glimpses into the garden, then cross the river to the garden, have a peach smoothie in one of the tea houses, and finally the museum, that would make for a good round trip.

But still nowhere near Himeji - if you have to choose one site, choose Himeji, the city is nicer there too.
Written August 24, 2016
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Eileen M
San Francisco, CA12 contributions
Small gem of a museum designed by Kunio Maekawa
Nov 2015 • Friends
This very small, private museum was worth the visit for several reasons.

I believe that their collection of Japanese arts far exceeds their display space, so you might see something very different than I saw, but if the Maki-e I saw was any indication, it would all be beautiful. As mentioned by other reviewers, all text is in Japanese but you don't have to read about something to see the beauty, and in some respects, it allowed me to focus on the pieces themselves and not be influenced by someone else's opinion of what was important.

For architecture fans, the building inside the outer walls was designed by Kunio Maekawa, a protege of Le Corbusier, who also designed the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. Sitting in the small, relaxing lounge area allowed me to look more at the building itself, which I had admired once I stepped in the outer gate.

I read in one other review that the size didn't justify the entrance fee, ( and I definitely appreciate the free museums in the UK), but compared to some in Kyoto and Naoshima, this place was a bargain.

No photography is allowed but their postcards are 100 yen The postcards illustrate the range of things not currently displayed, and I will definitely go back to see a new exhibit next time.
Written November 23, 2015
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joikamiru
Singapore, Singapore111 contributions
Small but they have rare and special collections
Sep 2015
It was a good decision to visit this small museum among all others in Okayama City as they were exhibiting the scrolls of the Tale of Heike. I was fascinated with the artistry and detail of the scrolls. For example, in the drawings you can clearly see the kimono patterns of people 1-inch in size. Six antique noh masks were also on display. The downside is that there are no English explanations for the exhibits except for the introduction.
Written October 7, 2015
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arisuta
Okayama, Japan81 contributions
Lovely building with a very small collection on display.
Sep 2015 • Couples
Some beautiful things on display but simply not enough of them to justify the entrance fee. I guess coming from Glasgow where we have the Burrel Collection and the Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Museum available free of charge just tends to spoil one rather.
Written September 22, 2015
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Walter_Keats
Wilmette, IL47 contributions
Quality Exhibit of Japanese Arts
Oct 2014 • Couples
This is a very small museum, beautifully located in a former guesthouse of Okayama Castle. The paintings, swords, kimonos, pottery and other arts are all exquisite. The only problem is that none of the descriptions were in English. As it is "on the way" to the castle and garden, it is worth a short visit to see its beautiful items.
Written September 1, 2015
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