The Niigata Prefectural Museum Of Modern Art

The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art

About the Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art

The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art was opened in July, 1993 in the rich greenery of the Senshugahara Furusato no Mori Park.
The museum is built on the Taiko collection which was put together by a local collector, but in addition to Japanese works that show the evolution of modern art, we have gathered 19th century western art from styles such as Barbizon and Les Nabis, styles which are closely related to modern Japanese art, and display them in our collection gallery and special exhibitions. We also hold a wide variety of activities that visitors can enjoy, such as lectures and workshops. At the Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art visitors can connect with the art while at the same time enjoying the nature of the four seasons.

General Information

Hours of Operation

9 a.m.-5 p.m. * Ticket counter closes at 16:30

Closed Days

Closed on Mondays (When a national holiday falls on a Monday, the museum is closed the following day.However, the museum will be open on 3/26), New Year’s Holiday (12/29-1/3) and Maintenance periods. See schedule for further details.


Normal Ticket Adults/¥430
Group Ticket Adults/¥340
  • Group ticket prices apply to groups of 20 or more.
  • Admission is free for junior high school students and children all year.
  • Special exhibition tickets include admission to the collection gallery.
  • College & high school students must show their student ID cards to receive the discount.
  • Free entrance for individuals with either a Physical Disability Certificate or Rehabilitation Certificate (must show certificate). In the case that an individual uses a wheelchair or has a grade 1 disability and needs assistance, one person accompanying them shall also be given free entrance.


  • Shinkansen / Local Train: Get off at JR Nagaoka Station (Ote Exit)
  • From Nagaoka Station

    Bus: Take the central loop-line bus (Ote Exit, platform No.8) and Get off at “Kenritsu Kindai Bijutsukan” (Approx. 15 min.).

    Taxi: 15min.

  • Car: If coming from the Nagaoka I.C. or Kashiwazaki, go straight on 8 route towards Niigata and then turn right at the Hasugata intersection. If coming from Niigata, go straight on route 8 until you cross the Nagaoka Ohashi bridge and then turn left immediately.

    Free parking available (165 spaces)


3-278-14, Senshu, Nagaoka, Niigata, 940-2083, JAPAN


TEL : +81-258-28-4111、FAX: +81-258-28-4115、E-mail:


Chinese Characters: A Legacy and Marvel Perfected Over Three Millennia

April 29–June 11

This exhibition will introduce around 110 pieces that highlight the history of Chinese characters and the evolution of their beauty. This includes the most ancient Chinese characters known to us, on bones and carapaces; characters from the Qin dynasty, when the writing system was standardized; the first public exhibition of terracotta army figures with engraved characters on them; cultural pieces with writing; ink rubbings of the works of Wang Xizhi and Yan Zhenqing; as well as first-rate cultural pieces from Chinese museums and research institutions.

Matazo Kayama: Sparkle of Life

July 8–August 27

In the early post-war period, the Japanese painter Matazo Kayama had a voracious appetite for western painting and fed off of it to develop his own unique style, resurrecting the traditional Japanese style of painting and bringing it into the modern age with his keen senses. The pieces he produced from his early years all the way up to his passing were innovative and invite us into the lively and magnificent world of Japanese painting.

YOROZU Tetsugoro 1885-1927

September 16–November 19

Tetsugoro Yorozu (1885–1927) was one of many artists of the Taisho era who were called individualists and is known for demonstrating a remarkable talent for painting. This exhibition commemorates the 90th anniversary of his passing and is the first time it has been held in 20 years. This is a large-scale retrospective exhibition with around 400 pieces that includes important cultural assets.

Daigaku Horiguchi Retrospective

December 2, 2017–January 8, 2018

The poet Daigaku Horiguchi, whose family has roots in Nagaoka, spent over ten years abroad in places like Mexico and Spain. He both translated and published exotic literature, like Gekkou to Piero (Moonlight and Pierrot). This exhibition showcases his hitherto unknown story in full detail through collections of his beautiful poetry and pieces that display the state of his friendships.

The Art of Disney: The Magic of Animation

This exhibition includes approximately 450 pieces, with key frames from approximately 90 years of Disney productions, from the birth of Mickey Mouse to their latest work Moana. It shows the path that Walt Disney Animation has taken over the years and explores the magic which breathes life into their productions, the result of the combination of the latest technology and the power of imagination.

Collection Exhibitions

1: March 24–June 18 (First part lasts through May 7. Last part starts May 9.)

Exhibition Room 1: New Pieces in the Collection

Exhibition Room 2: Masterpieces of the Museum of Modern Art

Exhibition Room 3: Dreams, Illusions, and the Bizarre

2: June 22–September 3 (First part lasts through July 30. Last part starts August 1.)

Exhibition Room 1: Masterpieces of the Museum of Modern Art

Exhibition Room 2: Fun for Children and Parents 3 – The Return of a Great Idea

Exhibition Room 3: First Part – Fun with Etching; Last Part – Miró: Eulogy for the Sun

3: September 7–November 26 (First part lasts through October 15. Last part starts October 17.)

Exhibition Room 1: Living with Nature

Exhibition Room 2: Masterpieces of the Museum of Modern Art

Exhibition Room 3: Art in Life

4: November 30, 2017–February 12, 2018 (First part lasts through January 8, 2018. Last part starts January 10, 2018.)

Exhibition Room 1: Lines and Planes

Exhibition Room 2: Niigata and Sculpture

Exhibition Room 3: Masterpieces of the Museum of Modern Art

5: February 16, 2018–March 31

Exhibition Room 1: Portraits of Mothers

Exhibition Room 2: Masterpieces of the Museum of Modern Art

Exhibition Room 3: The Hands Speak

*Exhibition names are tentative and are subject to change.