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 main building of the Shoko Shuseikan Museum will be closed for renovations from Monday May 9, 2022 untill September 2024.
The museum annex will remain open to the public.

Opened in 1923, the Shoko Shuseikan Museum is housed in the oldest Western-style stone factory building in Japan, built in 1865 to process metal for ships. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2015 as a site of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution. The Western-style exterior saw the building given another name, "Stone Home" at the time of construction, but it was built according to Japanese architectural style. Another major characteristic of the building is that instead of bricks, tuff - volcanic stone widely used in the Satsuma region - is used. The museum stores or displays some 10,000 pieces originally used by the Shimazu family pertaining to the history of  the  family and the modernization project it undertook, the Satsuma cut glass produced since the Edo period, the oldest daguerrotype photographs taken by Japanese people and the machines that used to operate in the factory.
In the museum shop, you can find books and goods related to the collection.

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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. 20 minutes by car from Kagoshima Chuo Station
Car Park Yes
Open 8:30am - 5:00pm
Price Adults (high school and above): \1,000; elementary and middle school students: \500 (same as Sengan-en)
Closures The first Sunday of March
(Closed for Kagoshima Marathon)
Links Shoko Shuseikan Museum Official Site


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