Kōbe City Museum

Kōbe City Museum information

Location
Kōbe , Japan
Address
24 Kyōmachi
Getting there
Train: JR, Hankyū or Hanshin lines to Sannomiya Station
More information
www.city.kobe.lg.jp/culture/culture/institution/museum
Prices
admission ¥200, up to ¥1000 during special exhibitions
Opening hours
10am-5pm, additional hours during special exhibitions, closed Mon
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Ground yourself in Kōbe's history as a trading port and east–west meeting place, via art and artifacts with decent English signage. Items show foreign influence from clocks and oil lamps to hairstyles. It's pricey during special exhibits but worth it especially when they include the museum's collection of namban (literally 'southern barbarian') art, a school of painting that developed when early Jesuit missionaries taught Western painting techniques to Japanese students.

The Greek revival-style building dates from 1935.