Seeing the “Monet” at the Otsuka Museum of Art

Published January 14, 2013 by gaijinmama

Last weekend my daughter and I ventured to the nearby Otsuka Museum of Art in Naruto. My husband read somewhere that this museum, which houses ceramic reproductions of many of the world’s famous paintings, was voted “the most satisfying art museum in Japan” by Japanese visitors.

A ceramic reproduction of "La Japonaise" by Claude Monet - one of my favorite paintings and the cover of my most recent book!

A ceramic reproduction of “La Japonaise” by Claude Monet – one of my favorite paintings and the cover of my most recent book!

I’d been there once before, when it first opened. Everything smelled new, like chemicals, so it was difficult to suspend disbelief and pretend that I was looking at the real thing. I thought the whole place was kind of cheesy, to be frank. Plus, the entrance fee (3,000 yen for adults, or about US$45 at today’s exchange rates) was prohibitively¬† expensive. However, I thought it might be a good way for my daughter to get some exposure to great art, and I thought she was finally old enough to enjoy such as outing.

Since its opening, many fun new features have been added, such as the robot tour guide.

The Sistine Hall with robot.

The Sistine Hall with robot.

The museum covers four floors, and we arrived quite late, so we didn’t make it through all of the exhibits. I thought it was best not to hurry my daughter past the things that interested her. We spent about an hour just on antiquities!

A dragon from antiquity.

A dragon from antiquity.

We did manage to view the ceramic reproduction of Monet’s Water Lilies. Hopefully, on our next art outing she’ll have a chance to see the real thing!

Me and the "Monet."

Me and the “Monet.”

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One comment on “Seeing the “Monet” at the Otsuka Museum of Art

  • we have one good museum in my area of virginia and i am grateful for its extensive glass – a lot of art nouveau, but ancient glass, too – collection, but otherwise, eh. i miss being close to nyc or in boston. always loved museum days.

    that manet is one of my favorites, too.

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