About our Museum
What kind of facility is Kamakura Bunkakan Tsurugaoka Museum?
The Kamakura Bunkakan Tsurugaoka Museum is a facility of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. With its main focus on the history of the shrine, the museum holds a variety of exhibitions with a variety of themes including history, culture, literature and art throughout the year. It is a new cultural exchange facility which showcases the charm of Kamakura for people in Japan or from overseas.
When was this building established?
The original building was established in 1951 as Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, the first public modern art museum in Japan. It was designed by the architect Junzo Sakakura (1901-1969).
What does the museum logo symbolize?
Designed by Ayumu Takahashi, the logo symbolizes a post standing in the middle of Heike Pond, with ripples of water reflected on the ceiling. To prove that this cultural property, which began its life as a brand new museum, will be looked after with care as a symbol for many more years and as a structure which connects two qualities: “tradition (culture and history)” and “the future (a new world of expression and art),” Takahashi used the post as the main motif in his design.
When is the closing date?
In principle, the museum is closed on Mondays. When a public holiday falls on a Monday, the museum will be closed on Tuesday. However, these dates may change depending on the exhibition schedule, so please check our “Current Exhibition” page. We will close at the beginning and the end of the year, and also the time period required to change exhibitions.
Do you accept credit cards?
We accept major credit cards and prepaid transportation cards (Suica, etc).
Can I reserve admission tickets?
We do not take reservations. Please purchase your tickets at the reception desk upon your arrival.
Can I re-enter the museum?
You can enter the museum as often as you like on the day of the ticket purchase by showing a staff member the portion of the ticket containing the date stamp.
How can I get to the museum?
Please check our “Museum Access” page.
Is parking available?
There is no parking available at the museum. Please use a paid parking lot nearby.
Is there space to park motorbikes or bicycles?
Is there a taxi stand?
Where are the nearest bus stops?
The “Kamakura Hachimangu Mae” stop on the Enoden bus route, and the “Hachimangu” stop on the Keikyu bus route.
Inside the Museum
Is the museum handicapped-accessible?
Yes, there is an elevator.
Can I visit in my wheelchair?
Yes. Please use the elevator to got to the exhibition room.
Is there an ostomate device?
No, but we have multi-purpose toilets which are wheelchair-accessible.
Can I rent a stroller for my baby?
Are their coin-operated lockers available?
We have coin-return lockers which take a 100 yen coin. These are large enough to fit standard backpacks. For larger items, please ask at the reception desk on the first floor.
Can we bring food or drinks? Can we drink water out of our own water containers or plastic bottles?
Eating and drinking inside the museum is prohibited.
Is there a restaurant inside the museum?
Not inside the museum. Please check our “Visit” page.
Is there a space where I can breastfeed my baby?
Not inside the museum, but there is a space you can use for breastfeeding at the “Yanagihara Kyukeijo (Food Court).”
Is there a space where I can change my baby’s diaper?
Not inside the museum, but there is a space you can use for changing diapers at the “Yanagihara Kyukeijo (Rest house).”
Are there any brochures available in foreign languages?
May I take photos inside the exhibition room?
Taking photographs inside the exhibition room is prohibited.
May I sketch a copy of any artwork on display?
May I take notes?
Yes, but only with a pencil.
Can I share photos I take inside the museum?
You may only take them for your personal use. Using the museum as a photo studio is prohibited.
May I bring my baby inside the museum?
May I bring my pet inside the museum?
May I bring my guide/service dog inside the museum?
Yes. These dogs are allowed inside the exhibition room, too.
Is there information available on social media, such as Twitter or Facebook?
Can I use the image of a work that is posted on the website?
I would like to purchase a copy of your exhibition catalog. Can you send it to me?
We do not mail museum catalogs.
Can you send me a brochure in the mail?
We do not mail museum brochures.
Please tell me about the large ginkgo tree.
The ginkgo tree fell in the early morning of March 10, 2010 due to a snowstorm. It was believed to be about 1,000 years old. With a height of 30 meters and a circumference of 7 meters, the tree oversaw the long history of Hachimangu Shrine. A portion of the trunk is on display in the café.
Is Wi-Fi available at the museum?
You can use free Wi-Fi by selecting “Hachimangu_Free_Wifi.”