Matsue History Museum

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Matsue History Museum
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

4.0
126 reviews
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Sally N
Hong Kong, China25 contributions
Good place to learn about the history to Matsue
Apr 2019 • Solo
Interesting display of History of Matsue. Go and request for the audio guide so you would be able to understand fully what the display shows
Written May 8, 2019
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ozteddy
Brisbane, Australia463 contributions
Impressed
Apr 2019 • Couples
If you are interested in history at all, this little museum quite close to the castle will keep you occupied for an hour at least, although I suspect we were there longer. They provide a free English audio guide which is necessary if you cant read Japanese, as there was little or no English. The display tells the history of Matsue and has some wonderful artifacts and photos and we both found it really interesting. We also enjoyed tea and beautiful hand made sweets overlooking the garden which you can explore along with some restored buildings in the grounds, once you leave the main building.
Written April 27, 2019
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mandypage2015
Auckland Central, New Zealand65 contributions
Well presented and interesting
Mar 2019 • Business
A small museum with an excellent layout. I enjoyed the animated history and the collection of antiques... it made the Samari history of Matsue come alive.
Written March 19, 2019
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Kip F
Sacramento, CA1,285 contributions
Get the free English audio guide, see the Festival boat exhibit in the separate building
Apr 2016 • Couples
The History museum also has a foreigner discount with passport, half price. For 600 yen, we saw the permanent local history exhibit, the temp one on tea ceremony and traditional wall hangings, and in a separate building around the corner there was a movie, with English subtitles and an exhibit on their temple parade celebration with boats and costumes. The main exhibit had free audio guides in English, which helped as the long explanations in the display cases and the movie in the main room were all in Japanese. However, it took a good 3 hours to go thru it all and was well worth the time. The shop inside was a typical museum shop in that it sold over-priced books, tea ware, sweets, and other museum themed objects, as well as a café with overpriced tea with mochi that is decorated right in front of you. Pretty cool to look at and watch being done.
Written May 14, 2016
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Isabelh2o2
Tours, France47 contributions
Standard exhibits plus special event
Oct 2015 • Couples
There are two sections of the museum, and if you don't read Japanese, the main one with free audio guide is the one to choose. (To be fair, what we saw in the special exhibit was explained a bit in the tour of the castle, since it dealt with the restoration efforts undertaken in the Showa era). The man who demonstrated making Japanese sweets was busy, and had a special display of ones he'd already made. We were lucky to see the special performance of the antique musket brigade made up of men and women in costume. Each volley demonstrated the routine of using the pre-flintlock gun, with the crowd close enough to really see how it worked.
Written November 8, 2015
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DCtraveller779
Matsue, Japan3 contributions
Interesting History Lesson
Jul 2013 • Friends
The museum is walking distance from the Matsue Castle, but it felt a long way in the humid summer heat. The inside is nice, made to look like a traditional Japanese building. I went with my Aunt and we got English audio guides, which was helpful. The explanations went on a bit too long for my liking, though! I ended up skipping some of the tracks because I felt like the explanation would out-live my interest in the artifact. The narrator wasn't very good either, and mispronounced many words. The actual objects on display, though, were very interesting and it was enlightening to learn about the city's history. The tea and Japanese sweets we had afterwards were really lovely too!
Written March 5, 2014
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lithiumbass
Waterloo, Canada286 contributions
How Matsue came to be
Jan 2014 • Solo
This museum may be small, but it does not disappoint. The fee is relatively low (especially with the foreigner discount). The receptionists are all dressed in traditional Japanese attire which adds to this attraction's charm. It is also very traditional in the sense that no shoes are allowed past the entrance, socks only. The permanent exhibition covers almost every part of Matsue's past. The early days of the Edo period, the businesses and trades that were established there, its struggles, its innovations, and the list goes on. All exhibitions are written in Japanese, but you can rent an (free of charge) that will describe nearly every display there is. The only exception is the temporary display (for which you must buy a different ticket) which is all in Japanese. There is also a souvenir store and a tea room where you can order and drink tea in a very traditional setting.

I enjoyed this very much and recommend it to anyone visiting the Matsue City area.
Written January 10, 2014
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Andy L
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan22 contributions
Edo exterior, modern interior
Mar 2013 • Friends
Right across from Matsue Castle is the Matsue History Museum. The exterior remains true to the surrounding Edo style and feeling of the surroundings but once you enter the interior, the museum is very modern, light and feels vary spacious. The exhibits focus mainly on the history of Matsue and includes a feature video explaining the establishment of the city. I also recommend stopping by the museum cafe, that serves freshly brewed matcha and hand made Japanese sweets. The seating area is situated next to a beautiful Japanese garden with Matsue Castle in the backdrop. I really was drawn in by the beautiful scenery and atmosphere.
Written March 30, 2013
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Annie N
Tokyo, Japan108 contributions
a look into the past
Mar 2013 • Friends
The Matsue History Museum is a must for anyone visiting Matsue Castle. The museum offers the background knowledge that really enhances one's experience in Matsue. It's one thing to see a beautiful castle and to walk around a beautiful town but it's an entirely different experience when you know the rich history behind what you are seeing. My favorite part about the museum was the tea room. It is a great way to experience traditional Japanese tea and desserts while looking out onto a beautiful Japanese garden. The setting is very tranquil so don't worry if you are traveling alone. If you do stop for tea I suggest the matcha tea with one of the hand crafted desserts.
Written March 12, 2013
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Hong An D
Shinjuku, Japan125 contributions
Experiencing Japanese Traditions
Mar 2013 • Friends
Situated right next to the Matsue Castle, the Matsue History Museum takes visitors back into ancient Matsue. Here, people can experience the old lifestyles of those who lived around the castle. One impressive exhibit of the Matsue HIstory Museum is their collection of maps. The collection shows how, even though there was little technology, the people of Matsue really understood their land. One may also observe the advancement of navigation and map making as time passed. After appreciating each exhibit, take a rest in the tearoom and enjoy some green tea and sweets while looking out at the traditional Japanese garden. Here you can be swept away by the beauty and peace of old traditional Japan.
Written March 11, 2013
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