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“Art both inside and outside!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shimane Art Museum

Shimane Art Museum
Ranked #5 of 116 things to do in Matsue
Certificate of Excellence
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Matsue, Japan
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Art both inside and outside!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2013

This art museum has an interesting permanent exhibition, whose artists are mostly related to Shimane in some shape or form, and a changing special exhibit that runs for a couple of months at a time. From time to time there are also local artist and photography exhibitions held which can be viewed free of charge.

There is a cafe/restaurant and restroom facilities inside, along with a small library and souvenir shop.

The view from the park outside this museum gives one of the best views of the sunset over Lake Shinji, and there are a number of sculptures in the park to be enjoyed also.

The archetectural design is quite distinctive, and is said to represent and artist's painting palette, and also said to look like the sun setting over Lake Shinji.

Visited April 2013
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Tokyo, Japan
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10 attraction reviews
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“Best way to enjoy the sunset over Lake Shinji”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2013

The Shimane Art Museum is a wonderful place for anyone who would like to wind down, relax and spend some peaceful time indoors enjoying beautiful art. The art museum has several exhibits that are sure to reach anybody’s interest. Japanese and foreign works of art are displayed at the museum. The Shimane Art Museum is also one of the best places to catch the sunset in Shimane. The museum is located along Lake Shinji and the setting sun can be seen over the waters horizon. Museum goers can enjoy the sunset from the inside of the museum if it's cold and watch through the museum's giant glass walls or they can go outside and watch the sunset among some beautiful sculptures that line the lake shore.

Visited March 2013
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Shinjuku, Japan
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15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Art along Lake Shinji”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2013

The Shimane art Museum is a modern building that stands along Lake Shinji. Its wall of windows allow visitors to appreciate not only the art on display, but the view of the lake from the inside. The exhibits displays western-style art with a flare of Japanese influences. Inside the museum, there is a small restaurant where you can enjoy the view of the lake while having coffee or tea. After admiring the galleries, you can take a walk along the lake where you will find many different sculptures and a sunset view point of the lake and a small island that sits in the middle of the lake. There is a discount if you present a foreign passport or resident card.

Visited March 2013
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Matsue, Japan
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43 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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“Good for ukiyo-e and Lake Shinji views.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2013

Very good collection of Hiroshige and Hokusai prints, some of which are noted as the best versions available based on their line quality and colors. The museum itself has a nice modern layout and good views of Lake Shinji. Sometimes there are events held outside the museum on the banks of the lake, where you'll also find a variety statues. Finish up the day by going to the sunset-viewing spot nearby. 50% off admission with foreign passport or foreign residence card.

Visited February 2013
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Orange County
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84 reviews
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“Beautiful building”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2012

The location for photos over the lake is excellent. The sculpture outside is fun. Nice restaurant for coffee and snack. The museum collection is not very interesting, sorry to say, with the exception of the Hiroshige prints and some tea items.

Visited June 2012
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