Shoko Shuseikan Museum しょうこしゅうせいかん

Introduction to the history of the Shimadzu family and its initiatives to modernize Japan

The historical museum, opened in 1923, was first built as a metal processing factory for ships, etc. in 1865. This is the oldest existing western style building in Japan and in 2015 it was registered as one of the world heritage assets of the Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal. The museum introduces the history of the Shimadzu family and its initiatives to modernize Japan. The museum stores and exhibits approximately 10,000 items including Satsuma Kiriko cut-glass produced in the Edo Period, daguerreotype photographs, the oldest photographs taken by Japanese, and machines used at the factory. At the museum shop, special items, books about the museum collection, and traditional Kagoshima crafts are available.

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Basic Information

Address 892-0871 鹿児島県鹿児島市吉野町9698-1
Access ・ Approx. 50 minutes from Kagoshima Chuo Station on the Kagoshima City View line; get off at Sengan-en Mae
・ Approx. 30 minutes by car from Kagoshima Chuo Station
・ Approx. 15 minutes by car from Kagoshima Station
Car Park Yes
Open 8:30am - 5:30pm
Price Adults (high school and above): \1,000; elementary and middle school students: \500 (same as Sengan-en)
Closures Open every day
Links Shoko Shuseikan Museum Official Site


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