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“Art, architecture, gardens and views”
Review of MOA Museum of Art

MOA Museum of Art
Ranked #2 of 79 things to do in Atami
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: It has been 33 years since MOA Museum of Art was established in 1982, and we are currently carrying out refurbishment construction to renovate the exhibition space and museum facilities. The renovation of its lobby area and exhibition galleries are being provided by New Material Research Laboratory, led by world-renowned contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto and architect Tomoyuki Sakakida. Contrary to its name, New Material Research Laboratory is focused on researching materials and techniques used in ancient, medieval, and early modern times, and finding ways to incorporate them in contemporary architecture and pass them down to the future. They will be exploring a myriad of possibilities to design incredible spaces for the MOA Museum of Art. The concepts of MOA Museum of Art are as follows: The Fundamental Plans of the Museum We shall aim to become a museum transmitting information of Japanese Art. We shall promote the development of tourism, art and crafts. Having a cooperative p
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 26 July 2014

You'll feel several degrees cooler as you drive up the winding tree-lined roads above Atami to get to this impressive, spacious museum. We just had about 2 hours to spend here and that was too short. We rushed through the exhibits, which had just enough art to enjoy and yet, if you have children, they wouldn't get bored. In fact, they will LOVE some of the interactive exhibits. We would've spent way more time to have fun in those galleries. We did have time for a short tea break in their tea house, which was relaxing. The views of the city overlooking Atami were gorgeous! In July it was very green, but, we were told that we had just missed the blue and pink ajisai (hydrangeas) and the azaleas that jolted the senses with color!

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Reviewed 28 October 2013

I was first taken to visit Atami with some friends from Tokyo. We travelled by train to this tiny seaside town during the cherry blossom season, perfect. At first glance the museum is somewhat stark, very impressive, but outwardly rather cold. The entrance has long escalators which take one into the depths of the museum. Much of the artwork on display concentrates on Japanese and some Chinese, including exquisite pottery and beautiful objet's d'art. The serenity of the interiors makes one slow down and absorb the beauty of the unique works of art. As you surface from the depths of the museum the view from this vantage point is startling, quite superb, with far reaching views out over the bay at Atami. As the day was hot we wandered into the tea house in the Japanese garden where we enjoyed the typical green tea and the acquired taste of mochi cakes. I was fortunate visiting with Japanese friends as they were able to introduce me to artifacts that otherwise I may have missed. I long to return as there is so much more to discover.

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Reviewed 15 October 2013

This museum boasts grandiose architecture, especially for a town as small as Atami. There aren't that many exhibits, but a featuring exhibit when I visited was a curated selection of Mt. Fuji artwork - very interesting. Definitely worth taking a gander here, if just for the views offered. Good morning/half day attraction.

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Reviewed 7 October 2013

You can feel the spirit of a true Japanese whether through old pictures. Art objects. Thriving beautifully.

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Reviewed 7 February 2013

the museum building itself is very nice, high &long escalators leadin to the main show room. I'm thankful that they provide English explanations on some of the main exhibits. Most art pieces are Japanese & Chinese n very few western arts. But the plaza outside offer very good view of the Atami bay during good weather

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