Located in Ohori Park, adjacent to the Japanese Garden, the Fukuoka Art Museum (not to be confused with the Fukuoka Prefectural Art Museum) is a surprisingly good museum with an interesting collection and a reasonable entry price.

Before entering the building, check out some of the outdoor installations and sculptures that can be viewed free of charge. Among them is one of Yayoi Kusama’s iconic polka dotted giant pumpkins.

Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin Fukuoka
Photo by Gregory Lane

The museum collections are divided over two floors, with the modern and contemporary art collection on the 2nd floor and the pre-modern art on the ground floor. The contemporary section includes works by Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miro, Jean-Michel Basquiat as well as leading Japanese modern artists, so the ¥200 admission fee is great value.

The pre-modern galleries on the lower level are filled with Japanese paintings and statues including a 12th-century sitting Buddha.

Photo by Gregory Lane

Admission is free for children below high school age.

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