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Welcome to Akita Prefectural Museum!

museum Akita Prefectural Museum was opened in 1975. The museum features six exhibition halls and opens to the public the viewing of a former residence of the Nara family located apart from the main premises. We have gathered and exhibit many articles concerned with Akita's history, nature, culture, people, and so on.

Human History Exhibition Hall

This hall introduces the lives of the people and history of Akita from the Paleolithic period to the modern period. We have reconstructed a pit dwelling of the Jomon period and a merchant house of the Edo period in which you can enter and experience the living atmosphere of the respective periods. This exhibition displays many actual articles of great importance and explains Akita's history in an easy to understand manner.
human history exhibition hall
human history exhibition hall human history exhibition hall

Natural History Exhibition Hall

This exhibition hall introduces Akita's abundant nature. One can fully take in the awe of nature through the overwhelming number of specimens, such as ones that have been sealed in acrylic that reproduce the appearance of the specimen being alive, stuffed specimens and skeletons of large animals, fossils and rocks, and more.
natural history exhibition hall
natural history exhibition hall natural history exhibition hall

Hands-on Experience Room

In the Hands-on Experience Room, you can learn while doing activities with the many items in the "Treasure Boxes." In the workshop, make replicas of fossils or clay figurines, or experience tatami dying. Everyone from children to adults can enjoy a broad range of things in this room.

hands-on experience room
hands-on experience room hands-on experience room

Memorial Hall of Akita's Pioneers

This hall introduces the accomplishments, anecdotes, and mementos of 152 of Akita's pioneers who were active in their respective fields in the modern period.
The hall comes equipped with a computer where one can search the pioneers. For those who want to gain an even deeper understanding of the pioneers, the hall also has a room with reference materials and survey records.
memorial hall of akita's pioneers

Sugae Masumi Exhibition Center

Sugae Masumi, who lived in Akita for a little more than 25 years in Akita during the late Edo period, recorded nature and the lives of the people of that time. Through gathering together his materials and recordings, this center was constructed for the purpose for study about Sugae Masumi.
This center has a permanent exhibit room that introduces Masumi's travels through images and reproductions of his materials, a study room equipped with reference materials and DVDs, and a research room.
sugae masumi exhibition center

Nara Family Residence
- A branch of the Akita Prefectural Museum -

This former residence of the Nara family, built in the mid Edo period, is located 1km away from the museum's main facilities in the Koizumi district. The period of construction is apparent from the architecture and contains many characteristics of that time period. In Showa 40 (1965), it was designated as a national important cultural property. In addition, the annexes on the grounds that were built from the Meiji period to Taisho period have also been preserved and were designated collectively as a registered tangible cultural property in Heisei 18 (2006).
the old nara family house


 9:30 - 16:30 (April 1 - Oct 31)
 9:30 - 16:00 (Nov 1 - Mar 31)

Close :
Closed every Monday (the next weekday is closed when Mon falls on a holiday),
fumigation periods, and New Year's holiday.

Free admission

By train: 20-minute walk from Oiwake Station on the JR Oga Line or the Ou Main Line (15 min from Akita Station).
Taxis available from the station.
By car: Approximately 15 km (30 min) from Akita City on National Highway 7 or Prefectural Highway 41.

For groups over 20 people, please contact the museum prior to your visit.

Akita Prefectural Museum

52 Ushiroyama, Niosaki-aza, Kanaashi, Akita City
TEL 018-873-4121 FAX 018-873-4123
URL http://www.akihaku.jp/

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