Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum


Museum Project Exhibits

Title: 70 Years of Okinawa Prefectural Museum
Dates: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – Sunday, June 25
Description: Last year the Museum celebrated its 70th anniversary, starting from its humble beginnings as the Higashionna Museum which opened in 1946, immediately following the Battle of Okinawa. This exhibit will showcase the various pieces collected over the years reflecting the times and demand of the population along with the history of the Museum.

Title: The New Collection: 2016 Collection Pieces
Dates: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – Sunday, June 25
Description: An annual tradition, the New Collection will exhibit several pieces collected over the last year. 2016’s donated pieces include fossils (some excavated in Okinawa) and pottery fragments; what other pieces remain is left to be seen at the exhibit!

Title: The Rare, Surprising Life in the Oceans
Dates: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 – Sunday, August 27
Description: Exhibit of replicas and specimens collected over the course of Okinawa Churaumi Foundation’s extensive research history and operation of the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. There will also be panels explaining the Foundation’s latest research into the displayed specimens in easy-to-understand language.

Title: Shurijo Castle Park 25th Anniversary Special Exhibition
Dates: Thursday, September 7, 2017 – Sunday, October 15
Free Admission
Description: This exhibit celebrates the 25th anniversary of Shurijo Castle Park, and the 10th anniversary of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, revealing collected cultural properties, and repair and restoration projects performed by the Okinawa Churashima Foundation. The museum will be hosting the satellite exhibit.
*During the dates of Tuesday, July 25 – Sunday, October 8, a related exhibit will be held in the Prefectural Museum’s History Room of its permanent collection, showcasing documents and artifacts related to Naha and the Shuri area.
Organizers: Okinawa Churashima Foundation

Title: How Wilson saw Okinawa 100 years ago.
Dates: Friday, September 8, 2017 – Sunday, October 15
Have you heard of the Wilson stump on Yakushima? It was named after the famous English plant hunter Ernest Henry Wilson. Valuable photos of the Ryukyu Archipelago including Okinawa Island are stored at Harvard University, they were taken by Wilson one hundred years ago. What was his view of Okinawa? And what did he want to achieve? We look back on one hundred years of historical studies of Ryukyu plants, with a focus around the photographs of Wilson.

Title: Prefectural Museum 10th Anniversary Special Exhibition – “Okinawa of the Ocean”
Dates: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – Sunday, January 14, 2018
Description: Gathering the work of curators for the 8 fields of our museum (geology, biology, anthropology, archeology, history, folk history, arts and craftwork, and education propagation) as well as the Art Museum, this exhibit will focus on the ocean from a multi-disciplinary angle. The ocean is a basic component of Okinawa’s nature, history and culture, and will become a unifying theme for from 6 different angles, with backings in both art and science.

Title: The Kaoru Omine Collection
Dates: Thursday, February 1, 2018 – Sunday, March 11
Description: This collection will feature mostly antique art pieces collected by Mr. Kaoru Omine (1905-1970) in the pre and post-World War II period. This annual exhibit aims to show his vision of beauty, whilst recognizing his many