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The Museum Experience in Fukushima

Fukushima contains a number of diverse museums, from the science of Hideyo Noguchi to the modern collection in the Prefectural Art Museum, you will find something that matches your interest. Let’s dive into these chests of history.

  • Yamabiko Museum

    Yamabiko Museum

    Yamabiko Museum

    Yamabiko Museum is unique in their multifaceted approach to exhibitions. Their space is made up of an event hall, gallery, traditional Japanese room, and an area to display collections. With such a wide variety of amenities, they are able to attract a mix of different people.

    Nestled in the culture-infused Mishima Town, Yamabiko Museum serves as a place to present the diverse history and tradition of the town’s 16 villages. They strive to present the stories that were born here. Quite literally in fact. With a number of books in publication based on the stories of the past, one can see that the people of Mishima Town are serious about preserving their distinct history. The stories range from those long ago and the miniature stories that arise every day among the villagers.

  • Hideyo Noguchi Memorial

    Hideyo Noguchi Memorial

    Hideyo Noguchi Memorial

    The medical scientist, Hideyo Noguchi, brought his love for science all around the world and back to his hometown Fukushima. This passion and dedication earned him a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. His nickname was “Human Dynamo” for his versatility and prowess in the medical science field. This memorial museum at Inawashiro Lake does well to display his personal history and experiences that established this passion that has influenced Fukushima natives for years.

    Hideyo Noguchi Memorial

    Hideyo Noguchi Memorial

    In the museum you can experientially learn about the tiny microbes Hideyo Noguchi studied during his career. With a variety of videos and touch panels, you’ll find that some of the bacteria he studied were disease-causing, while others were used for making miso and natto.
    These microbes are invisible to the naked eye, with most of them 1/1000th the size of a grain of rice.

    Hideyo Noguchi Memorial

    Hideyo Noguchi Memorial

    Most people assume that all microbes are human body-destroyers. In fact, they are plenty of bacterium that ensures our body runs efficiently. And Noguchi made his work reflect the importance of the cooperation between the microscopic and humanity. His memorial is a great way to experience his space. A precarious balance between humanity and the tiny universe right beneath our noses that keeps us running.

  • Fukushima Prefectural Art Museum

    Fukushima Prefectural Art Museum

    Fukushima Prefectural Art Museum

    Located right below the symbol of Fukushima City, Mt. Shinobu, Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art has been enriching the community since 1984. Although the Fukushima Prefectural Library opened at the same time, the museum sits on its own grounds.

    With close to 4,000 different types of works, the museum was built to bring fine modern and contemporary arts to Fukushima prefecture. Among these works are French Impressionism, 20th American Realism, modern Japanese paintings and a number of ceramics and textiles.
    With four different rooms to hold these collections, visitors will find themselves floating in the intimate space experiencing wildly different worlds.

    Fukushima Prefectural Art Museum

    Fukushima Prefectural Art Museum

    Overall, Fukushima has been through a lot in the last decade with the Great Eastern Earthquake and subsequent nuclear explosions. Despite this, the people of Fukushima carry something special in their art and are open to sharing their culture widely with the community. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience living history at one of the museums we’ve covered here.

    Mishimamachikoryu Ctr yamabiko
    Address
    Fukushima Pref. Onumagunmishimamachi Nairi Suwanoue 418
    Phone
    0241522165
    Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Museum
    Address
    Fukushima Pref. Yamaguninawashiromachi Mitsuwa Maeda 81
    Phone
    0242652319
    Inawashiroko
    Address
    Fukushima Pref. Yamaguninawashiromachi
    Phone
  • Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art
    Address
    Fukushima Pref. Fukushimashi Moriai Nishiyouzan 1
    Phone
    0245315511
    Fukushimakenritsu Library
    Address
    Fukushima Pref. Fukushima City Moriai Nishozan1
    Phone
    0245353218
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