Fukuoka City Museum
Fukuoka City Museum
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Fukuoka City faces the Genkai-nada Sea in the northern part of Kyushu. It is at the western tip of the crescent-shaped Japanese archipelago and draws near to the Eurasian continent and the Korean peninsula. Our ancestors kept this area rich and lively by coming into contact first with cultures the rest of Japan was unaware of, by developing forms of production and economic activity never experienced before and by overcoming threats not encountered in the past. Subject matter of our permanent exhibitions addresses the history of Fukuoka and the lifestyle of the people of this area, which served as a gateway to foreign interchange Saturday 16th November. 2019 ~ Sunday 22nd December. 2019 Ukiyoe that Challenges : Kuniyoshi, Yoshitoshi… and More! 9:30A.M. ~5:30P.M. (guests are admitted until 5.P.M. only) Closed on Mondays Fukuoka City Museum 3-1-1, Momochihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka Admission Adults: ¥1,400, High school/University Students: ¥900, Junior High School or Younger: free
Duration: 1-2 hours
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RichardBJ
Liverpool, UK113 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The exhibits themselves are excellent, tell a fascinating story clearly and there is an excellent audio commentary available via your phone and earphones. Guides lovely and helpful and very reasonable price.
It is a little let down with a disappointing museum shop and especially, when we were there, there was no cafe. It was 26C and humid that day, we walked a fair way and I was pretty desperate for a little water or something.
Written 8 June 2024
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Feel Fukuoka Japan
Kyushu, Japan184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Beneath the imposing bronze sheen of the Dome and the reaching silver spire of the Tower sits the reassuringly intimidating glass and stone edifice of the Fukuoka City Museum. Among the many repositories of Fukuoka’s history that we have, the city museum is quite possibly the top place to visit. First opened in 1990, the Fukuoka City Museum has some of the most important collections and artefacts from this very important part of Japan. It tells nothing less than the entire history of what is now, after many changes in the swirling maelstrom of time, Fukuoka.
Around the museum are avenues and side paths of trees, punctuated by beguiling artworks atop stone plinths. Dominating front and centre of the museum complex is a large still pond which would not look out of place in the garden of an English country estate; its broad shimmer is a trusty spot for selfies. You can get the subway to Nishijin to get here if you don`t mind a bit of a walk (although the sage traveller would save their legs for the museum itself) or get a Tower-bound bus almost to the door of the museum.

The museum consists of a single building with a mirrored glass exterior. The entrance is ensconced inside a grand stone arch upon four mighty pillars which cut deeply into the front, forming almost a short tunnel to the clear glass entrance. Look up as you walk in to see the tall windows of the upstairs café. Enter the doors into the large bright atrium that forms the entrance of the museum, the curved ceiling making the place feel a bit like a converted Victorian railway station. The far side of the atrium features a broad staircase that leads up and then out in two wings to the higher floor that runs like a mezzanine around the atrium. The lower floor has the museum bookshop and a map by the doors to orientate yourself. Visitors are advised that umbrellas and pushchairs are not permitted inside the museum. Photography is allowed but not everywhere so do look out for signs.
The three exhibition spaces of the museum (Permanent, Feature and Special) are all on the higher floor. The temporary exhibition spaces change several times a year. On my visit, they were hosting a very popular exhibition devoted to the works of Studio Ghibli. The nature of having large and ever-changing exhibitions makes the Fukuoka City Museum well worth a revisit not just once but often.
Written 30 May 2019
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puddin52
San Jose, CA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Definitely worthwhile for the Fukuoka-Hakata historical context. Many fascinating exhibits from pre-history to modern times. If you like to enhance your vacations with more background information, you will really enjoy this museum. Renting the audio is a must for non-Japanese speakers.
Written 5 November 2017
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japanfan2016
Fukuoka, Japan43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017
The Fukuoka City Museum opened its doors in 1990. It was built during the economic bubble in Japan (1986 to 1991) at a vast land reclamation called Momochi-hama (Momochi-Beach). So it has very spacious surroundings documenting the high spirits of those years. As present-day Fukuoka is situated in the northern part of Kyushu near to the Korean peninsula and China the area served throughout its history as a gateway to the continent.
The permanent exhibition of the museum addresses the life of the people living here in eleven sections beginning with early settlements approximately 26ooo years ago until contemporary Fukuoka including sections on special topics like the Yamakasa Festival and the Gold Seal.
The Feature Exhibition Room puts on exhibitions on the history and culture of Fukuoka. The content changes about every two months.
The Special Exhibition Room puts on large-scale exhibitions based on a variety of themes. The content changes about every two months.
There are also other areas where visitors can explore a variety of subjects.

Please be aware that the name Fukuoka came in 1601 when Lord Kuroda Nagamasa received this area for his contributions during the Battle of Sekigahara and established a castle. He called the castle and the new castle town after Fukuoka of Bizen Province, where the Kuroda family had originated. Until the 19th century the castle town Fukuoka inhabited by members of the samurai class was separated from the old town Hakata where merchants and artisans lived. After the reopening of Japan in 1868 both towns were united under the name Fukuoka City in 1889.
Written 8 August 2017
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ROSSYSHIN
Busan, South Korea316 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
여행 가면 해당 지역 박물관을 방문하고 있어요.
I like to visit local museum in my trip.
두번째 일본여행이고, 두번째 일본 박물관 방문이었는데요,
This is my second trip to Japan, also this is second time to visit Japan museum.
후쿠오카 시 박물관도 외국어 오디오 안내를 제공하고 있지만, 300엔인가를 내야해요.
Fukuoka City Museum offer foreigner audio guide, but it’s not free. You should pay about 300JPY.
오키나와 현립 박물관에서는 무료로 오디오 안내를 빌릴 수 있었는데, 여긴 유료라 아쉬웠어요.
In Okinawa, I could borrow audio guide with my passport without payment, but in Fukuoka doesn’t offer free.
내부에는 영어안내문이 있을 줄 알았는데, 모조리
일본어였고, 제목 정도만 영어로 읽을 수 있었어요 ㅠㅠ
I expected to read English information inside, but all information was fully Japanese, I could read only title in English.
영어안내문이 없는 걸 알았더라면 오디오 가이드 빌렸을텐데요 ㅠㅠ
If I had known there is not English information inside, I would have borrowed the audio guide :(
박물관 안에는 영어 사용이 자유로운 직원분들도 별로 없어서 조금 불편했어요.
There is no staff who can speak in English, so I felt inconvenient a little.
박물관 건물이랑 조경이 매우 멋져서 인상적이었어요.
The building and gardening of this museum was very wonderful!!
Written 22 October 2018
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hokenyu
Hong Kong, China144 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
The museum was a bit out of the way for me, but well worth the time and effort to get there. The building appears disappointing, a misguided design from the 1970s or 1980s, but what truly matters is the exhibits. The exhibits and textual descriptions highlight the importance of Fukuoka and Kyushu as crossroads and as a bridge to the rest of Asia. The jar coffins stand out in my memory.
Written 5 January 2018
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Wandering Teacher
Makati, Philippines391 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Friends
If you're using a tourist pass, you'll get a discount here (from 200 yen to 150 yen) and you get to see both the Feature and Permanent Exhibition rooms. After seeing the said rooms, don't miss the 1st Floor and go to the Touch and Experience Room. My friend and I got to experience wearing a yukata and an Uzbekistan costume and took our pictures for free! The staff are friendly and accommodating. They even helped us in giving directions in going to Ohori Park. A must see!
Written 3 November 2016
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Tim P
Richmond, VA22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
We happened upon this museum by chance while walking around the area. The entry cost was minimal and the displays and history of Fukuoka were very informative inside the easy to navigate museum with sufficient English posted. The museum staff were very polite and courteous and our experience allowed us to escape some oppressive outdoor heat for nearly two hours as we walked the entire museum.
Written 3 September 2016
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Carrie
France303 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
The permanent exhibition only costs 200 yen to go in, which is a bargain! You can find out history of Fukuoka and they showed a lot of things from the China to armour and the famous gold seal, good place to find out the details.
Written 18 August 2016
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ChristheIntrepid
Singapore, Singapore48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
The museum provided a good insight into Fukuoka. Only 1 main exhibition hall worth seeing. The other hall had everything in Japanese so it was more of a viewing gallery. Unfortunately there's no near by subway.
Written 8 August 2016
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