A soothing art museum integrated with Shukkei-en
The Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum is located right in front of the Shukkei-en Mae trolley stop in the center of Hiroshima City. In the 1st-floor lobby of this modern building, there is a huge atrium which is a very open space that anyone can enter. The permanent displays begin with the Important Cultural Property of the Imari Porcelain Flower Bowl and include profound art works connected with Hiroshima as well as many major works by artists such as Salvador Dali. Tickets can be purchased so that you can come back and forth between the museum and the adjoining Shukkei-en Garden which is a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty. Since the wall facing the garden is all in glass, you can enjoy the landscape of the four seasons including the early spring plum and the colors of autumn.
Many special exhibitions and appealing events
Special exhibitions are held up to 6 times a year. In the past, there have been many such exhibitions appealing also to children such as the Moomin Exhibition and the Fujiko F Fujio Exhibition. There are also many other interesting exhibitions of works by the world’s masters which usually cannot be seen in the region including the Van Gogh Exhibition and the Pola Museum of Art Collection of Monet, Renoir and Picasso. There are also events held in tandem with the special exhibitions and other performances with which you can further enhance your enjoyment of the art such as concerts in the lobby. It’s also recommended to visit the museum on Fridays when the opening hours are extended.
A restaurant and tea room in a calm atmosphere
On the 1st floor, there is the popular restaurant Zona Italia In Centro which boasts wine directly imported from Italy and specially selected ingredients. It is appealing for not only its lunch menu but also for its concerts held during dinner at night which provide a time of high quality. The tea room on the 3rd floor, Tom Sawyer, is next to Shukkei-en so that being able to have a meal while viewing the garden landscape is wonderful.