Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Shimane Art Museum (outside)


Located on the banks of Lake Shinji in Matsue, the Shimane Art Museum opened in 1997.


The 93,000 sq.m. building, designed by Kikutake Associates, houses a permanent collection including works by Monet and Rodin, as well as temporary exhibitions.


There are several large sculptures in the grounds of the museum and on the bank of the lake. There are also exhibition spaces available for use by private groups.


Entrance is 1000yen, but like most tourist sites in Matsue there is a 50% discount for foreigners.
Between March and September the museum stays open until 30 minutes after sunset, and it is a great place to watch the sunset over the lake.

After recently visiting London, where fantastic museums are free, I am loath to pay the entrance fee for what is essentially a provincial museum, but the lobby and ground floor exhibition spaces are free and sometimes the exhibitions there are OK.


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