Photo by Shiogama City Sugimura Jun Museum of Art

Photo by Shiogama City Sugimura Jun Museum of Art

  • Encounter the nucleus of Shiogama City’s vibrant and ever-changing cultural scene at the Shiogama Sugimura Museum of Art. Though called an “art museum,” so many cultural events and experience programs are hosted here that locals think of it more as a hip community center. Better yet, the museum warmly welcomes visitors from near and far into its community, and English support is available at nearly all their workshops and special events.

    Established in 2014 and named after the late still-life painter Jun Sugimura, the museum acts as a springboard for learning about the city’s history through the lens of culture and the arts. The museum building, with its eye-catching arched architecture, was home to a thriving downtown community center during the mid-Showa era. It continues to fulfill that same function, of bringing people together—not only local residents, but also people from overseas who come to Shiogama, regardless of language or ethnicity.

     

    Fun and interactive events are offered all year round at the museum. Kurashi no Ichi is a semi-annual open-market event which brings together local artisans of diverse backgrounds, while the Voyage Exhibition series showcases up-and-coming independent artists from the Tohoku region. The museum also hosts events associated with the Reborn Art Festival, a sprawling, two-month-long art biennale that takes place every other summer.

     

    Like the exhibitions, nearly all of the events and workshops here are English-friendly. Some, like the English-friendly lacquer-brooch workshop, are available on a walk-in basis—no reservations required. English-friendly hands-on cultural programs include Japanese cultural experiences, like kimono dressing, and seasonal traditions like hanami. At the museum’s spring hanami event, visitors can sip wine and mingle with locals while viewing cherry blossoms.

  • Last Update
    March 18, 2020

    Area Matsushima Bay

Details

ADDRESS

985-0052 8-1, Motomachi, Shiogama, Miyagi

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

9-minute walk from Hon-Shiogama Station (Senseki Line)

ADMISSION

¥200 adults

CREDIT CARDS

Not accepted

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

Yes

HOURS

10:00–17:00 (last entry 16:30)

CLOSED DAYS

Mondays*, New Year's holiday period
*If Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be open Monday and closed the following day.

PHONE

022-362-2555

OFFICIAL URL

http://sugimurajun.shiomo.jp/english