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The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum

The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum

The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum opened in July of 2003 as a branch of the Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art. The museum's mission is as follows: to collect contemporary art works, especially those dating from 1945 onwards; to actively introduce not only Western art but also Asian art, especially from neighboring countries and regions such as Korea, China, and the Russian Far East; and to support artists who live in or have a connection with Niigata prefecture.


Address 5-1, Bandaijima, Chuo-ku, Niigata, 950-0078, JAPAN
Accessibility A 25-minute walk or 8-minute taxi ride from Niigata station's Bandai exit. Bus services are also available (No.3 bus bound for the Sado-Kisen terminal).
Hours 10:00 - 18:00 (Admission ends 30 minutes before closing).
Closed Mondays (When a national holiday falls on a Monday, the museum will be closed on the following Tuesday.), New Year's holiday, and maintenance periods


Admission Fee 【Exhibition from the collection】

Adults: 310yen, College & High school students: 150yen, Junior High & Elementary School Student: admission free.

*Special exhibitions require an additional admission fee.

Inquiries TEL +81-25-290-6655; FAX +81-25-249-7577;




January 20 - April 10, 2022

Sanrio celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2020. The history of Sanrio is itself the history of “Kawaii” culture, which has drawn fans from all over the world. The exhibition has original drawings and valuable materials. In this great exhibition, you’ll be able to see how Sanrio created the concept of "Kawaii", how it developed, and where it could head in the future.


The Heroes – Chronicles of the Warriors: Japanese Swords x Ukiyo-e from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

April 23- June 19, 2022

“Musha-e” depict the heroes that appear in Japanese legends and war epics. Through a carefully curated selection from the world-renowned, first-class Japanese art collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the finest swords, action-packed ukiyo-e prints, and tsuba sword mountings with related imagery will be featured in this dynamic exhibition of brave heroes and their feats!


WADA Makoto

July 2- August 28, 2022

Wada Makoto (1936-2019) wore many different hats: besides being an illustrator and graphic designer, he was also a book-designer, film director, essayist, composer, animator, and art director, and he excelled in every genre he tried his hand at. This exhibit centers on 30 topics essential to understanding Wada Makoto, and will introduce you to the full range of his vast and diverse creative activities.


September 23- January 9, 2023

Anno Hideaki ’s latest film Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time, which he directed, was a blockbuster success with a box office of over 10 billion yen. This exhibition showcases the director’s past works, including those he was involved in during his time as an animator. It also includes his latest works as a director and producer, and delves into the secrets of his creative processes.


Osamu Harada: Finding "KAWAII"

January 28- May 7, 2023

This is the first large-scale retrospective exhibit of the illustrator Harada Osamu (1946-2016) since he passed away. He is well-known as the creator of OSAMU GOODS, which were extremely popular with teenage girls from the 70s until the 90s. Even now, his simple lines and bright colored characters are loved by many people. This exhibit will display his diverse artworks, from his childhood pieces to when he first began working, as well as his advertisements, publications, and goods.