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 every Monday. When a national holiday falls on a Monday, the museum is open on the holiday and instead closed the next weekday. The museum will be open on 5/6, 8/16, 9/21. The museum is closed for the New Year’s Holiday (12/29 -1/3) and other maintenance periods.Please see our schedule for more details.


A Message from the Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art

From April 2020, the fees for the main collection and special exhibition will become separate. Those with a ticket for the special exhibition will need a ticket for the main collection. Thank you for your cooperation.

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.
  • 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 or Train: Disembark at JR Nagaoka Station.
  • From Nagaoka Station


    • Via Bus Line 8 from Nagaoka Station Ote Exit: Take the Center Loop Kururin (Inside Loop) bus, disembark at Kenritsu Kindai Bijutsukan (approximately 15 minutes).
    • Via Bus Line 2 from Nagaoka Station Ote Exit: Take the bus bound for Center Plaza/Red Cross Hospital, disembark at Nisseki-Byoin Mae (approximately 15 minutes) then walk 5 minutes.

    Taxi: Approximately 15 minutes from Nagaoka Station Ote Exit

  • By car:
    • 10 minutes from Nagaoka IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
    • 10 minutes from Nagaoka-Kita SIC on the Hokuriku Expressway.

    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:


Viva Video! : The Art and Life of Shigeko Kubota

March 20 (Sat) – June 6 (Sun)

This exhibition introduces the life and legacy of video pioneer Shigeko Kubota (1937-2015), who was born in Niigata prefecture and based in New York City from the mid-1960s. As the first major survey of the artist in Japan, Viva Video! exhibition focuses the artist’s development from the beginning of her career in Tokyo, to a leading innovator in video art. Kubota is primarily known for her “video sculpture”, which she invented by integrating video into three-dimensional structures. Representative video sculptures including her well known Duchampiana series, single-channel videos, drawings and archival materials illustrate Kubota’s contributions to the burgeoning medium of video.

Normal Ticket Adults/¥1,000
Group Ticket Adults/¥800

Special Exhibition Celebrating the Enthronement Ceremonies of His Majesty the Emperor
The Reproduction of Shosoin Treasures
Encountering Tenpyo Craftsmanship through the Recreation of 8th Century Works

July 3 (Sat) – August 29 (Sun)

While reproductions of the Shoshoin Treasures were made in the Meiji period (1868-1912), the focus on faithful reproductions of the materials and skills used to create them began in 1972. We will be displaying several reproductions together, created by sharpened skills of holders of Important Intangible Cultural Property (Living National Treasures) combined with cutting edge research..

Normal Ticket Adults/¥1,500
Group Ticket Adults/¥1,300
Advance Ticket Adults/¥1,300

Takahata Isao: A legend in Japanese Animation

September 18 (Sat) – October 31 (Sun)(dates subject to change)

Takahata Isao (1935-2018) was an animation director who lead the Japanese animation industry for half a century, starting in the 1960s. This exhibition focuses on his directing techniques, with never-before-seen materials such as production notes and storyboards, exploring the vibrant worlds of his films.

Normal Ticket Adults/¥1,500
Group Ticket Adults/¥1,300
Advance Ticket Adults/¥1,300

Collection Exhibitions

1: April 13 (Tue) – June 13 (Sun)

[Exhibition room 1] A Journey Through Pop Art
[Exhibition room 2] Art Across Time
[Exhibition room 3] Art that Warms the Heart

2: June 22 (Tue) – August 29 (Sun)

[Exhibition room 1] Fun for Children and Parents How Did This Get Like That!?
[Exhibition room 2] Ah, Tokyo
[Exhibition room 3] Masterpieces of the Museum of Modern Art

3: September 10 (Fri) – December 12 (Sun)

[Exhibition room 1,2] Stories in Art
[Exhibition room 3]  The White Road in the Burning Body

4: December 21 (Tue) – March 21 (Mon) ,2022

[Exhibition room 1] Masterpieces of the Museum of Modern Art Focusing on Our New Collection: The 130th Anniversary of the Birth of Haga Shuzo
[Exhibition room 2,3] Art of the 1920s