Aomori Prefectural Museum

Sightseeing can be intense at times, so why not take a couple of hours to relax and soak in culture and history? Nestled snugly in Aomori city centre is Aomori Prefectural Museum, a one-time bank now filled with artifacts from the prehistoric period right up to present day. With several permanent exhibits as well as frequent temporary ones, this museum is a great way to spend a few hours.

The first exhibit you come across deals with archaeology, from the Paleolithic period up to the Yayoi Period (which lasted until around the year 300BC). Reconstructions of houses, as well as samples of pottery that visitors are encouraged to touch, help to give a sense of what life was like in eras long-past.

Next is the Nature Exhibit, filled with fossils of Aomori’s native flora and fauna over the centuries. The following exhibit deals with changes in history from ancient times to the present day, and everything in between. Next stop is the Folk Customs Exhibit, which shows us the lives of everyday folk living in the harsh northern climate.

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A reconstruction of a Jomon Period pit dwelling.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an Aomori museum without an Apples Exhibit! This section introduces the history of apple cultivation in Aomori, and how Aomori’s apples have become renowned as the best in Japan, with Aomori as Japan’s top apple producer.

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Aomori boasts a wide range of apples to this day.

 

The museum also offers an Experience Room, where you can see, touch, play with, and experience authentic traditional toys and tools. This room makes the museum especially popular for children, as the experiences are not limited to the visual.

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Old notes and coins – there was even a one-yen note!

 

Also important is the Pioneers of Aomori Exhibit, which introduces us to natives of Aomori who went on to achieve outstanding success on a national or even international scale. The pride in their success is tangible as you peruse their ranks; over 100 people from singers to photographers and all walks of life in between.

The Fuin-do Collection showcases a large range of pieces from the later Jomon Period. Most significant is the earthenware, 60 pieces of which have been designated as prefectural cultural property.

The museum as a whole is fascinating; no matter which aspects of history you’re most interested in, you’re bound to find something to catch your attention.

 

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