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Top 10 Must-Visit Museums in Osaka - 2023

Updated Jun 2023
  • No.1

    Osaka Museum of History

    301 Reviews
    2.1km from downtown
    "Osaka Museum of History is free admission if you buy the Osaka Pass. Highly recommend coming here as it is very educational."
    Highlights: The Osaka Museum of History is located on the west side of Osaka city and contains displays of cultural relics, historical artefacts, and various multimedia displays to entertain and inform visitors. Visitors can come and learn about the history of one of Japan's greatest cities, from ancient times to the modern day.
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  • No.2

    Osaka Takoyaki Museum

    146 Reviews
    6.5km from downtown
    "Octopus roast is a food developed in Japan. The first time I saw this museum with the information of octopus roasting, of course, I can also taste the authentic octopus roasting. The taste of octopus is very good. A piece of octopus meat is grilled with marinade. It is delicious."
    Highlights: Located just outside Universal Studios Japan, the Osaka Takoyaki Museum is a haven for any true foodie. Although called a museum, the place is really a street of 5 unique restaurants, each with their own special takoyaki flavor. As well as tasting takoyaki, visitors can learn about the origins and history, see takoyaki-making tools, and browse souvenirs and merchandise.
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  • No.3

    The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

    45 Reviews
    302m from downtown
    "The Toyo Ceramics Art Museum in Osaka, Japan, is still very worth a visit haha."
    Highlights: The museum is located in Nakanoshima Park in the center of Osaka City, on the east side of the Central Public Hall. It was established to commemorate the donation of the world-famous "Ataka Collection" by 21 companies of the Sumitomo Group, and officially opened in November 1982. The collection is centered on Chinese and Korean ceramics from the "Anzhai Collection", as well as Korean ceramics from the "Li Bingchang Collection", works by Hamada Shoji and other donations from various quarters, as well as some Japanese ceramics. These include 2 national treasures and 13 important cultural properties. National Treasure: Oil Drop Tianmu Tea Bowl The oil drop Tianmu tea bowl in the collection is a rare porcelain from China, from the Jian kiln in Fujian. Oil Drop Tianmu is called oil drop in Japan because of its texture similar to the black and white spots on the chest of the local partridge bird in Jianyao, and it is also called oil drop in Japan, and is regarded as a "national treasure" by Japan. It is one of the many built cups brought to Japan during the Kamakura period. It is said to have been owned by Sekiba Toyotomi Hideyoshi (l568-1595) in the past, and later passed through Nishi Honganji, the Mitsui family in Kyoto, and the Wakasa Sakai family. Handed down to this day, there are three lacquer Tianmu tea tables from the Southern Song Dynasty as accessories.
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  • No.4

    Glion Showroom

    23 Reviews
    7.6km from downtown
    "Very inconspicuous little place, but a paradise for fans! There are a lot of antique cars and Harley, and even weddings can be held, it feels super cool! There are free pavilions and fee pavilions, there are more pictures in my guide, it is worth seeing!"
    Highlights: The Antique Car Museum (GlionMuseum) is an antique car museum converted from a century-old red brick factory. Using historical buildings flexibly, the Osaka Port recreates the old style of London and New York in the last century. All the vehicles preserved in the "Rolls-Royce", "Ferrari" and "TOYOTA2000GT" pavilions are famous cars, each of which is well preserved and can actually run. Through the multi-language commentary board, you can also learn about the history and performance of antique cars. Both enthusiasts and ordinary tourists can feel the fun of the car. There are also a steakhouse, a cafe, and a showroom in the museum. In October 2017, the museum was awarded the title of "Lovers' Famous Place" and became a famous place for couples to date.
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  • No.5

    Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

    144 Reviews
    2km from downtown
    "It's like walking around Japan's history from the past to the present. There is a very loving replica village."
    Highlights: The buildings and street models in this museum reproduce the life of Osaka people in the past. Visitors who come to visit here can imagine the way of life of people in different historical periods through the exhibits, so as to have a comprehensive understanding of the development of Osaka. The museum houses a city model of Osaka in the Edo period, the only remaining city model in Japan.
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  • No.6

    Osaka Museum of Natural History

    63 Reviews
    9.5km from downtown
    "Very good museum, exquisite, the outside looks small, the inside is quite big, the animal bones look very shocking, the door is hanging should be the skeleton of the blue whale, adults visit is also very interesting."
    Highlights: The porch in front of the gate of the museum displays skeletal specimens of fin whales. There are many specimens of animals, plants, insects, fossils, etc. in the museum, and some exhibits such as dinosaurs and elephants can be touched. Here you can witness the silent march of reptiles and mammals, some dying out on the way of evolution, and some all the way to modern times. There are also interactive teaching games on the second floor, which are highly educational and interesting.
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  • No.7

    Zohei Museum (The Mint Museum)

    132 Reviews
    1.8km from downtown
    Joyful Dining
    "Visit the Mint in April when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Before departure, you should pay attention to the opening date and time online. The cherry blossoms are brilliant, the scenery is endless, and there are many tourists. There are stalls selling snacks on the roadside, and the roast beef skewers are fragrant. You must try them."
    Highlights: Zohei Museum (The Mint Museum) in Osaka was not only a place for coin mintage, but also doubled as a bureau for making medals, badges, and other medal handicrafts. The cherry blossom walkway here receives endless streams of visitors every year, who come in specially to admire the flowers. Rare breeds not seen elsewhere can be found here, including “Benitemari” and “Yourouzakura”; nighttime sakura viewing, when the blooms are illuminated, is also a pleasurable experience.
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  • No.8

    Konamon Museum

    36 Reviews
    2.8km from downtown
    "【View】Konamon Museum It is located inside the Maritime Museum, which is the symbol of Meriken Park. Kawasaki World is the Kawasaki Group's corporate museum. You can see many Kawasaki products."
    Highlights: There is such a museum in Osaka, where you can learn more about takoyaki besides eating. This is both a restaurant and a museum. The first floor is a shop, and the second floor has a little knowledge about takoyaki and related history. On the 3rd floor is a workshop for making wax takoyaki, so you can experience it yourself.
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  • No.9

    Modern Transportation Museum

    19 Reviews
    4.5km from downtown
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    Highlights: The Transportation Science Museum is a famous attraction in Osaka. It was established in 1962 to commemorate the opening of the Osaka Loop Line. The museum building is as long and narrow as a railway station platform, and 7 different themed exhibition rooms such as "Railway Development" and "Railway Vehicle Structure" are lined up. The museum mainly displays precious railway cultural relics and transportation materials. The exhibition of the museum is not limited to the content related to trains and railways, but all means of transportation are included: a whole prototype of a military aircraft, a car, a motorcycle is also displayed, and even the engine of the aircraft is also displayed in its entirety. Among the more valuable exhibits are precious vehicles with a long history, such as the steam locomotive of the Meiji period, the Yoshitsune, and the No. 1 Shinkansen. In addition, in the museum, there will be performances on small railways, such as blue trains and SL trains made in a scale of 80:1, using a model road as a stage.
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  • No.10

    Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan

    34 Reviews
    8km from downtown
    "Master design, very architectural cultural exhibition hall, clean surroundings, facing the sea, the building presents a strong and sculpture-like square contrast shape, the structure is very good, architecture students come to punch in."
    Highlights: In 2013, the original Suntory Museum was renamed "Osaka Cultural Center Tempozan". This cultural center was designed by Tadao Ando, a famous Japanese architect, with a novel shape. The Gallery of the Cultural Center holds various exhibitions such as museum exhibitions and art exhibitions, in addition to various attractive special exhibitions. In cooperation with various facilities in Tempozan Port Village, such as "Kaiyukan" and "Tempozan Business District", we will strive to build a facility that constantly surpasses itself and hosts various events. You can check what exhibitions are being held on the official website in advance, and if you are interested, you may wish to visit.
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  • No.11

    Osaka Kigyoka Museum

    26 Reviews
    1.3km from downtown
    "Japan has a lot of very good entrepreneurs, this museum is introduced a lot of influential entrepreneurs in Japan, have their portraits, or some history, there is indeed a reward."
    Highlights: The museum is located in the downtown area of Osaka. It is a museum with the theme of active entrepreneurs in Osaka. It introduces 105 well-known entrepreneurs from Osaka, including Panasonic Electric and Nissin instant noodles.
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What are some Must-Visit Museums in Osaka?
Some Must-Visit Museums in Osaka include:Osaka Museum of History|Osaka Takoyaki Museum|The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka|Glion Showroom|Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
What are some highly-rated Must-Visit Museums in Osaka?
Some highly-rated Must-Visit Museums in Osaka include:Osaka Museum of History:4.6|Osaka Takoyaki Museum:4.4|The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka:4.5|Glion Showroom:4.4|Osaka Museum of Housing and Living:4.4
At what locations in Osaka can Must-Visit Museums in Osaka be found?
The Must-Visit Museums in Osaka are mainly located in:Osaka Museum of History:Osaka|Osaka Takoyaki Museum:Osaka|The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka:Osaka|Glion Showroom:Osaka|Osaka Museum of Housing and Living:Osaka