I really enjoyed the Museum of Housing and Living. It sounds a bit dry, but it's a fantastic concept. The museum has a floor dedicated to a complete reproduction of an Osaka street in the Edo period. You can go in and out of the buildings, and touch many of the displays. History really comes alive. The next floor has an excellent display on Osaka streets in other historical periods. The display includes detailed models of several streets. As each period is highlighted, the model drops away and a new model lowers from above, showing a close-up of a scene from the same streets. Another fantastic exhibition is about household appliances over the last 60 years. It's fascinating to look at the kitchen gadgets, TV's and so on.
The museum has lockers at the entrance (100 yen returned at the end). It also has an English audio guide, which is well-worth getting.
I used my Osaka Unlimited 2 day pass for the museum (2700 yen for attractions, subways and buses). The closest station is Tenjimbashisuji 6-chome. As you exit at exit 3 you are in the entranceway of the building that houses the museum. The museum is on the upper floors. There is a nice little shopping alley alongside the building. A short way down on the right is an excellent takoyaki (the delicious octopus balls) stand, where you can get good, cheap takoyaki to eat in or take away.
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