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An art museum in a department store with a quiet and spacious space

静かでゆったりとした空間が広がる、百貨店の中の美術館

Infiltrate an art space!
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In between shopping, you might have an encounter with art that moves your heart!
Sogo Museum of Art

Did you know that there is a quiet and calm museum on the 6th floor of the Sogo Yokohama store at the east exit of Yokohama Station? The Sogo Museum of Art opened in September 1985 as a full-fledged art museum of unprecedented scale, with the aim of becoming a cultural facility that would serve as a base for the dissemination of life, culture, and information at the same time as the opening of the department store. It is also known for its collection of approximately 160 oil and watercolor paintings by Shintaro Suzuki, a painter active in the Western-style painting world of the Showa period. Exhibitions of a wide range of genres are held, from Western paintings, Japanese paintings, sculptures, prints, etc., to unique special exhibitions with themes of science fiction movies and girls' comics. It's also attractive that you can casually drop by in the middle of shopping and experience the world of art casually.


The ticket office is located next to the entrance of the museum. Admission fees vary depending on the exhibition. The opening hours are basically the same as the opening hours of the Sogo Yokohama store, 10:00 to 20:00 (entry until 30 minutes after closing).
*The closing time may be earlier, such as on the last day of special exhibitions.


After purchasing a ticket, first deposit your luggage and coat in the locker here. It's a coin-return locker (100 yen), which is unique to the museum, so when you take out your luggage after viewing, 100 yen will be returned. Of course, there is also an umbrella stand across the street.

I showed the ticket and found this guide before entering the hall.

If you want to take notes on what you felt or learned while viewing art, please use it. It is a free rental service of simple pencil pegsil. Normally, at art galleries and museums that handle important works of art, it is good manners to avoid using pencils and mechanical pencils that may break, ballpoint pens and fountain pens that may splatter ink, etc. Please feel free to ask the staff to borrow one.

When I visited for the interview this time, "Japanese paintings and Western paintings from the Showa to the Meiji era 'Painting Trends'" (March 4 (Sat)-April 9 (Sun), 2017) was being held. I was allowed to take a few special photos of the inside of the building. Once you step inside, you'll find yourself in a quiet space that's in a different world from the bustle of the department store you've seen before.

Depending on the exhibition, there is also a video corner where you can sit on a chair and watch.

Well, after enjoying plenty of wonderful art, go to the museum shop attached to the museum. In addition to original goods with the motif of the works of the exhibition currently being held, various art and design goods are available. Visiting the museum shop after viewing is one of the pleasures, isn't it?

In one corner of the museum shop, you can also find original museum goods designed by Naoko Fukuoka, based on the works of Shintaro Suzuki, the aforementioned painter! There are plenty of stylish and cute designs that are perfect for your current mood.


In addition to masking tape, which is popular now, mug cups, tote bags, pins, clear files, stickers, postcards, etc. Of course, you can purchase it even if you don't use the museum, so please visit and take a look.

Sogo Museum of Art
[Place] Sogo Yokohama
[TEL] 045-465-5515 (directly to the museum)

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