The Otsuka Museum of Art in Tokushima Prefecture is home to more than 1,000 ceramic panels of famous paintings that everyone has seen or heard of at one time or another, including Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers,” Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Necklace,” and Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus.
In this article, you will learn how long it takes to visit the Otsuka Museum of Art in Tokushima Prefecture and tips on how to get around.
- Time required to visit Otsuka Museum of Art and how to get around
- Summary of time required for Otsuka Museum of Art
Time required to visit Otsuka Museum of Art and how to get around
There are several courses that will take you around the museum more effectively
The Otsuka Museum of Art is a large museum with five floors, from three underground to two above ground. Therefore, if you add up the exhibition route, it will take you a total of four kilometers.
There are more than 1,000 works of art on display in the museum, so it would be nearly impossible to complete the entire tour in one day if you take turns looking at the works and the explanations, as you usually do in museums.
Of course, you can speed up the pace and go from one exhibit to the next, but the amount of information is so large that you will probably feel like your head is going to explode.
For this reason, the Otsuka Museum of Art has taken some measures to make your visit as efficient as possible, even if your time is limited.
1. Following a model course
One way to get around the museum in a short time is to follow the museum’s model course.
The model course is designed to take about one hour and 20 minutes to view representative works from each period of Western art history, from ancient times to the present.
In this case, you will only be able to see about 100 of the 1000 works on display.
2. Use an audio guide
The Otsuka Museum of Art rents audio guides for 500 yen that provide explanations of about 107 selected works from all the exhibits.
The audio guide allows visitors to listen to the explanations through headphones without having to read the explanatory plaques, and thus allows them to spend more time focusing on the paintings.
The audio commentary is recorded for two hours in total, so you should expect to spend three to four hours to go through the entire tour.
Summary of time required for Otsuka Museum of Art
A museum where you can efficiently learn the history of Western painting
The Otsuka Museum of Art in Tokushima Prefecture is a highly recommended museum where you can understand the history of Western painting from ancient to modern times just by looking around.
However, there are more than 1,070 ceramic paintings on display inside the museum, so I hope the tips in this article on how to get around will be helpful.
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