April 1 to April 30 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1 to October 31 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 1 to March 31 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
|April||19 (Mon), 28 (Thu)||October||24 (Mon), 27 (Thu)|
|May||9 (Mon), 19 (Thu)||November||7 (Mon), 17 (Thu)|
|June||Open everyday||December||Year-end holidays (see below)|
|July||4 (Mon), 14 (Thu)||January||New Year holidays (see below)，16 (Mon)|
|August||29 (Mon)||February||9 (Thu)，20 (Mon)|
|September||Fumigation period (see below)，9 (Fri)||March||Open everyday|
[New Year holidays] December 29 (Thu), 2016 to January 3 (Tue), 2017 [Fumigation] September 1 (Thu) to September 6 (Tue), 2016
(no advance ticket)
|Normal Period||Special period||Advance ticket||Tickets at door|
|Adult||310 yen（250 yen）||250 yen（200 yen）||400 yen（320 yen）||500 yen（400 yen）|
|High school and college students||150 yen（120 yen）||120 yen（100 yen）||200 yen（160 yen）||240 yen（200 yen）|
*The prices in brackets are for groups of 20 or more.
*The special period is January through February.
*People with disabilities and elderly persons staying in welfare facilities are admitted free of charge. For more information, please read "Free admission to the museum" below.
*The special exhibition ticket includes access to the permanent exhibitions.
*There may be a separate admission fee for an exhibition held by a third party.
We have eight permanent exhibition rooms (numbered 1 to 8) and one special exhibition hall. Exhibition rooms 1 to 7 are located in the new building, room 8 and the special exhibition hall are in the old building. The old building used to be the head office of the Aomori Bank. Click here to Old Building, a Registered Tangible Cultural Property.
In the permanent exhibition rooms, discover archeology, folklore, history, nature and the leading forerunners from Aomori prefecture.
A featured exhibition is often held in the Special Exhibition Hall.
The room displays objects from the Paleolithic age to the Yayoi period. You will discover the archaeological sites and artifacts of Aomori Prefecture. Odai Yamamoto ruins occupy a significant position when considering the migrations of the Jomon period in the Paleolithic Age. The Kamegaoka ruins and Sannai Maruyama ruins are the most important archaeological sites of the Jomon culture that flourished in Aomori. The Suanazawa ruins (in Hirosaki) and Tareyanagi ruins (in Inakadate village) are crucial in the development of rice farming.
Aomori Prefecture is blessed by nature, such as the beech forests of the Shirakami Mountains, a World Heritage Site. This room exhibits the animals, plants, and insects inhabiting Aomori with dioramas, specimens, and stuffed animals. In 1984, a gift from the universe landed in Aomori City, now known as the Aomori meteorites. The fossils of the Mount Iwaki whales tell us that Mount Iwaki was once located at the bottom of the sea. You will learn about how the history of the Earth was associated with Aomori Prefecture through the geological ages, minerals, and other exhibits.
Experience the history of Aomori from the Nara period to the present day. What sort of people called themselves Emishi? Did samurai and farmers in Kamakura, Muromachi, and the Sengoku period have a faith? How did the people in the Nambu or Tsugaru territory live in the Edo period? How did Aomori change from the Meiji and Taisho through the Showa periods? In addition, a variety of objects showing the relationship with the northern world are on show.
Aomori Prefecture is located in the most northern area of Honshu. Its weather is very severe However, our life is shaped by the climate. Imagine our daily lives when you look at farming tools or a koginzashi (old needlework) jacket. Please feel the spiritual foundation in the people with faith, Oshirasama or Itako.
Apple production is a key industry in Aomori Prefecture. The volume of apples accounts for about half of national production. However, we were facing difficulties continuously until we were recognized as an apple production region. Our efforts in breed improvement and technical innovations built the brand value of Aomori apples. You will see diverse apple varieties and cultivation techniques.
This room is an experience zone for children to encourage an interest in the history and culture of Aomori. They will find old-fashioned tools for daily life and nostalgic toys. We have video materials and books that explain life in Aomori so that children can research and learn about this region. In the Multipurpose Hall, a mini exhibition displaying mainly old tools is held. This room has ideas and materials for lessons and experiences or a school trip for elementary and junior high school students.
Shiko Munakata, expressed unique sensibility in his artworks and called them Banga (image on a wood panel). Noriko Awaya, turning into a singer from authentic vocalists, left great footprints on the Japanese music scene. We introduce 108 forerunners in Aomori who have contributed to the development of Aomori Prefecture.
This room is for the FUINDO collection of mainly excavated articles from the later Jomon period donated by Ko Otaka. The total number of articles in the collection is approximately 12,000. In this collection, 60 magnificent pieces excavated from the Kamegaoka ruins have been designated as a prefectural cultural property. This valuable material has been retained by a local organization even though many of the articles excavated from the Kamegaoka ruins have been scattered nationwide. Hengaku (name tablet) in this room was drawn by Shiko Munakata who named the collection room FUINDO. Explore the beauty of the Jomon period here and in Exhibition Room 1 (Archeology Exhibition).
Learn more about the achievements of Hikoei Narita in preserving the cultural properties in Aomori and view part of his collection.
The old wing to the left of the front entrance of the museum was used as the head office of the former Aomori Bank. This was built in 1931 as a two-story reinforced concrete structure. The building is characterized by its modernist style of less of detailed decorations while leaving the structure in a classical style. It has been regarded as a typical example of the architecture of the time, and the building was registered as the national tangible cultural property (buildings) on March 4, 2004.-
Russian Federation, Khabarovsk
- Joint academic research with the Khabarovsk Regional Museum
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Our museum and the Khabarovsk Regional Museum held special exhibitions to introduce the characteristics of the culture and region to each other in 1995 and 1997. Currently, we promote the joint academic research according to the agreement. (The current status is the third year of the second three-year agreement.)
Process of Exchange
United States, Maine
- Exchange with Maine State Museum
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Our museum and the Maine State Museum held special exhibitions to introduce our respective regional and cultural characteristics in 1997 and 1999. We will promote the exchange of literature and articles about each other. In addition, we will hold a small photo exhibition to display each other’s photos from time to time.
Process of Exchange
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