Famous Museums in Osaka

The museums in Osaka give the very essence of its citizens and rich culture. If you are looking for something deeper and more meaningful, head to the museums in city. Explore the cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical side of Osaka with these museums.
We have curated a variety of the best and free museums in city, besides the usual arts or historical ones. Explore and engage yourself with the wonders of science at the museum of science in Osaka. Get fascinated by the exceptional stories of heroes at war museums or memorials. You can go wow with your kids at the Natural history museums or enjoy some time at children's museums in Osaka.
Check out this list for an entertaining and enlightening trip to the museums in Osaka.

Let's explore the finest collection of museums in Osaka:

  1. Mint Museum

    4.1 (1622 Votes)
    Mint Museum


    There are over 4000 items on exhibit in this museum on Japanese coin and currency. The collection is housed inside a building that used to be an old thermal power plant. See a miniature of the mint complex of it's 1873 layout. View the 1876 Great Clock. See The Balance used to test the purity of gold, and Japan's oldest Double-Entry Accounting Book. There's also an antique Hepburn dictionary. L...Read more
  2. Osaka Museum Of Housing And Living Image

    Museum, Outdoors, Specialty Museum

    The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living is a remarkable and intriguing museum located near the Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street. The museum has re-created buildings and streets that show what life was like in Osaka during the Edo Period (1603-1867). Through interactive exhibits, visitors learn all about Osaka's development. Visitors can also rent kimonos, dress up in them and take pictures along...Read more
  3. Osaka Museum Of History

    4.1 (934 Votes)
    Osaka Museum Of History

    Museum, Natural History Museum

    Located across from the moat of the Osaka Castle Park, the modern style museum building has some great views of the castle. The exhibits inside explore Osaka's evolution - cultural, social, technological - from ancient to modern times. Each floor is themed after a specific period in the city's 1400 year old history. Highlights include a miniature recreations of the Naniwanomiya Palace and shopp...Read more
  4. Kids Plaza Osaka

    4.3 (568 Votes)
    Kids Plaza Osaka


    Essentially this is a giant interactive playground. The facility is from the 3rd to 5th floors. Each floor is has a theme; these are Discovery, Adventure and Creativity. Combining games, athleticism, role-play and workshops, the plaza is one of the coolest learning spaces for exploring nature, science, society and culture. Parents often walk away wishing this was what schools were like.
  5. Museum Of Oriental Ceramics

    4.3 (159 Votes)
    Museum Of Oriental Ceramics


    This is thought to be one of the finest ceramics collections in the world. Most of the collection focuses on Chinese and Korean artwork, and there are Persian and Vietnamese works too. However, you'll also find a couple of Japanese National Treasures - Celadon vase with Iron Brown Spots, Tenmoku Glaze bowl with Silvery Spots. From each of these countries the artefacts gathered here date back ce...Read more
  6. Osaka Takoyaki Museum

    4 (1175 Votes)
    Osaka Takoyaki Museum


    Even given Osaka's famous love for food, especially takoyaki, calling this place a museum is a bit misleading. It's nothing more or less than the city's best Takoyaki vendors brought together to one place for your eating and comparing pleasure. Each of these restaurants have their own twist on the dumplings. So by the time you're done sampling them all, you'll definitely walk away with an educa...Read more
  7. Osaka Science Museum

    4.2 (1608 Votes)
    Osaka Science Museum

    Science Museum, Children Museum, Observatory, Planetarium

    The Osaka Science Museum was opened in October 1989. It has four floors of interactive exhibits and displays. Designed especially for children, the museum takes visitors through interactive displays about the universe, chemistry, electricity and energy. A science show is held three times a day (in Japanese only). Apart from the exhibits, the Science Museum also has a planetarium with multi...Read more
  8. National Museum Of Art, Osaka

    Art And Culture, Art Museum

    Situated in an architecturally stunning building, the National Museum of Art, Osaka is situated on Nakanoshima Island. The museum building was designed in such a way that it represents the growth and shape of a bamboo plant. The museum houses Japanese and foreign contemporary art, with exhibitions from the museum collection and special exhibitions.
  9. Tennoji Park

    4 (1559 Votes)
    Tennoji Park

    Museum, Park, Botanical Garden, Statue

    The Tennoji Park is a botanical garden in Osaka. It features many statues made with wires and covered with beautiful flowers. Located next to Tennoji Station, the Park is an urban oasis. It was opened in the year 1909. Tennoji Park also includes the traditional Japanese garden Keitakuen, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, Tennoji Zoo, Chausuyama Tomb and a lot of other interesting buildings and lan...Read more
  10. Tekijuku


    Ogata Koan Was a Dutch scholar, Scientist and educator. He open to the school on Dutch studies in the Edo period. Incredibly the school is still going strong today. It is the only place in Japan to study western science in Dutch. This Museum preserves materials and artifacts related to the man and his students such as documents, medical instruments, and the handwritten Doeff Dutch-Japanese Dict...Read more
  11. Osaka Municipal Museum Of Fine Art


    Opened in 1936, the museum collection has grown to about 8000 items of fine art, mostly Chinese and Japanese. There's a light smattering of fine art from other cultures too. The collections are themed based on the persons who donated them to the city, based which there are seven major collections. The exhibits cover metalwork, calligraphy, painting, sculpture, print and textile-work. While the ...Read more
  12. Osaka International Peace Centre

    Observatory, War Memorial, Exhibition , Natural History Museum

    The Osaka International Peace Centre aka Peace Osaka is a museum that documents the horrors of World War II. The permanent exhibition displays photographs and documents related to the war, highlighting the horror and pain caused by Japan's aggressions in China, Korea and South East Asia. It also documents the US invasion of Okinawa and the atomic bombings. The Peace Centre portra...Read more
  13. Osaka Culturarium At Tempozan

    Museum, Exhibition

    This space used to be known as the suntory Museum, but that shut down. In its place is a cultural exhibition center that opened in 2013. It seems like a place still trying to find its legs and message and theme. The temporary exhibitions it has hosted so far has covered a diverse range of topic, from dinosaurs to botany to fine arts. Still, the events are always interesting, so you should defin...Read more
  14. Konamon Museum

    3.6 (42 Votes)
    Konamon Museum

    Museum, Specialty Museum

    This is less of a museum and more of an interactive workshop on one of Osaka's food obsessions. Konamon refers to any food around here that uses flour as a main ingredient. Takoyaki is of course the first thing to come to mind. The museum explores the origins of these foods, invites you to make your own takoyaki and try out the multiple flavours of the dish. There's even a class on how to creat...Read more
  15. Osaka Kigyoka Museum

    3.9 (4 Votes)
    Osaka Kigyoka Museum

    Museum, Specialty Museum

    This is an unusual concept for a museum. Taking cognizance of 107 entrepreneurs who helped  not only develop Osaka but also empower the lives of the people in the city, the museum pays tribute to them. It explores their ambitions through three distinct period of Osaka's history - creation of an industrial base, creation of the consumer culture, and redevelopment. The exhibits are presented...Read more