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A Guide to Ibaraki Museums

The Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki

(茨城県近代美術館)

Location: Mito

Web: www.modernart.museum.ibk.ed.jp/english/index.html

The museum has a collection of works from artists such as Yokoyama Taikan, Hishida Shunso, and Shimomura Kanzan. They also have a collection of Japanese-style paintings by Ogawa Usen who loved to depict people doing agriculture and animals living in harmony with nature. They also have paintings by Taisho-era western-style painters who were very influential in the art world and a collection of over 3600 European pieces of art.

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Art Tower Mito

(水戸芸術館)

Location: Mito

Web: www.arttowermito.or.jp/index_en.html

The Art Tower Mito is a joint art facility. It has an art museum with mainly modern art exhibits, a concert hall, and a stage for musicals and traditional arts like rakugo. In the museum, they hold many exhibitions of famous Japanese artists as well as foreign artists.

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The Tokugawa Museum

(徳川ミュージアム)

Location: Mito

Web: www.tokugawa.gr.jp/en/

The collection of the Tokugawa Museum consists of around thirty thousand treasures of the Mito Tokugawa family – Samurai collection – and thirty thousand documents stored in Shokokan Libary.