About Okinawa Prefectural Museum
Take the Okinawa Monorail to Omoromachi, take Exit 2 and continue on the right overpass (take the left overpass to DFS), cross the road and there will be two stairways to go up and down, the first one is by the side of the road (the second stairway goes down to the pedestrian walk area in the middle of the main road, in the middle of Nakajima district, and follow it straight to the side entrance of the museum. This section is recommended as a return route – of course you can also use it as a going route).
Go down the stairs to the ground level and walk straight along the road (you should see a white tubular arch on the far right, which stands next to the museum intersection), past the Hotel Hokke Club and past the large parking lot of Naha Main Place shopping center, and you will see the museum across the road.
The white tubular arched bridge next to the museum is a great way to see the outside of the museum and its surroundings from above.
How to get there
Take the monorail and get off at Komoromachi Station (Omoromachi Station), then walk about 10 minutes to the station.
Museum permanent exhibition adult ticket 410 yen.
Art Museum Collection Exhibition Adult 310 yen
Opening hours: 9:00-18:00 (admission closes at 17:30). Closed on Mondays
The Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum is located in the new district of Naha City, the “New Metropolis”. The entire museum has a modern architecture with a white facade and a square grid, making it feel like a fortress. Here you can get a better understanding of the unique history and culture of Okinawa. The museum explains Okinawa’s unique nature, history and culture in a clear and concise manner with the key words “ocean” and “island”.
There are also five exhibition rooms, including natural history, archaeology, art and craft, and folklore. The art gallery exhibits a variety of works of art, photography, and installations related to Okinawa and Okinawa. The exhibits are regularly updated according to different themes, and there are also various project exhibitions on the 2nd floor, for which separate tickets are required.
Admission to the museum is 410 yen, high school and college students (260 yen) and elementary and middle school students (150 yen), and there is a free Chinese audio guide. Although the museum is small, there are a variety of services and facilities, including wheelchairs, baby carriages, toilets for the disabled, rest rooms, and a children’s experience room.
The museum is the best classroom for students to learn more about history and culture, and it offers a broader perspective than sitting in a classroom with a boring textbook.
Throughout the tour, I saw a teacher with a group of children about 5 or 6 years old explaining, he took out the specimens to them while introducing them in detail with exaggerated physical demonstrations, somehow I was moved by such a scene, so learning history is really great.