An unforgettable experience on a unique island. If you only visit one place on the island of Naoshima, make it the Chichu Art Museum. Naoshima is the island located in the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea and in the Shikoku region that has been a contemporary art haven for more than 20 years and has gained international fame in recent years. It is not a coincidence as the impressionist painter is one of the only three artists showcased in the museum. Five of his Water Lilies paintings can be admired in a room that was specially designed for them, in order to be able to experience them as the artist intended, in natural light.

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The museum building, designed by Ando Tadao and itself a work of art, is mostly located underground and solely utilizes natural light to illuminate the artwork. This creates a viewing experience that is heavily influenced by the surrounding natural environment.

The museum has been built around a rather small collection of art. The first gallery displays large murals from Claude Monet's "Water Lilies" series. This is followed by a few works by James Turrell, who uses light as a medium. They include the "Open Sky" room from his "Skyspaces" series which has sister exhibits around the world including the 21st Century Museum in Kanazawa.

Admission to the Chichu Art Museum requires advance reservations for a specific date and time slot and can be made online in English. Bags and cameras are not allowed in the museum and must be stowed in coin lockers before entering. There are one or two buses per hour from Miyanoura Ferry Terminal via Honmura to the Tsutsujiso bus stop at the east gate of the Benesse House 10 minutes, yen , from where it is possible to walk 30 minutes or take a free shuttle bus to the Chichu Art Museum 10 minutes.

Alternatively, the museum is about a two kilometer bicycle ride 10 minutes or walk minutes from the Miyanoura ferry terminal. It is also possible to walk between the museums 5 and 15 minutes respectively.

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The World's Best Museum: Chichu Art Museum in Naoshima

On the day of your visit, please show your barcode ticket by either method below at the Chichu Art Museum Ticket Center. Upon receiving your admission ticket, you will be able to enter the museum. We are taking initiatives to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. We would appreciate for your understanding and cooperation. The tickets sold on this site are timed-tickets for access to the Chichu Art Museum in Naoshima at intervals of 15 minutes. In order to maintain a favorable viewing environment for all visitors, we kindly ask that you limit your purchases to a maximum of 8 tickets at a time.


Chichu Art Museum

A museum buried in the hills of Naoshima yet bathed in natural light, the Chichu Art Museum uses this paradox to better showcase the beauty of its art. With Chichu Art Museum, Ando sought to revolutionize the relationship between people, works of art and nature, creating a museum that merges with the natural environment without disrupting it. The museum remains in the style of Ando: unpainted raw materials and fusion between earth, air and water. The peculiarity of Chichu Art Museum is that it can be considered a work of art in itself, since the museum was designed and created to house the works on display. Having to wear slippers to visit parts of the museum makes it feel a little like prison!

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