Museums in Hakone

The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Located two minutes walk from Chokoku No Mori Station, (one stop from Gora Station) the Hakone Open Air Museum opened in 1969 as the first open-air art museum in Japan and exhibits over 100 outdoor masterpieces by world-renowned contemporary artists.  Several sculpture areas have been designed and composed to enable children to discover and play amongst the pieces.  Five indoor exhibition areas are also included, one of which houses a vast array of Picasso pieces.  Footbath Spa "Hot Foot” is also a popular site at the museum.
Opening hours
9:00am – 5:00pm, March – November
9:00am – 4:00pm, December – February

Pola Museum of Art
The Pola Museum of Art blends into the rich natural landscape where 300-year-old beech trees and gregarious Hime-syara stewartia grow.  The collections of the Pola Museum of Art number more than 9,500 works, which were assembled over some forty years by the late owner of the Pola Orbis Group, Suzuki Tsuneshi (1930-2000).  The collection's diverse array of genres and periods features 400 European paintings including works by the 19th century French impressionists and Ecole de Paris artists, along with modern Japanese Western-style paintings, Japanese-style paintings, Oriental ceramics, modern Japanese ceramics, glass works, and cosmetic utensils.
Opening hours
9:00am – 5:00pm

Lalique Museum Hakone
Rene Lalique, a jewelry designer and glass maker/craftworker was a forerunner of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco era.  Depicting his life, “Lalique Museum Hakone” is a place where you will feel the richness of the spirit, blending with nature and art. The garden is surrounded by the seasonally blooming trees and flowers that Lalique loved. 
Opening hours
9:00am – 5:00pm

Venetian Glass Museum
The building of this museum, featuring glass craftwork, is designed based on an image of a villa belonging to a medieval European nobleman.  It stands in a garden with lush greenery featuring a pond in the middle.  Mainly exhibiting art pieces related to historically famous families like the Medicis and the Rothchilds as well as Venetian glass products from the 15th to 18th centuries, there are also modern works from the late 19th Century to the present.  There is also a workshop where you can experience making glass pieces and accessories by carving your favorite design on glass using a method called "sandblasting". 
Opening hours
9:00am – 5:30pm

Museum of The Little Prince and Saint-Exupéry in Hakone
This museum was erected to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of the famous story The Little Prince.  Letters and photos related to Saint-Exupéry are on display.  The facility includes a restaurant serving food from the south of France, a chapel and other buildings.
Opening hours
9:00am – 6:00pm

Hakone Art Museum
The Museum enhances human sentiments through the beautiful gardens and old Japanese ceramics.  The Hakone Museum of Art was established in 1952 by Okada Mokichi (1882-1955).  Located in the Gora district of Hakone, 630 metres (2,066 foot) above the sea level, the museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens that are designed to exhibit the seasonal beauty of nature.  The Hakone Museum of Art focuses on displaying medieval Japanese ceramics from the Jomon period (10,000BC-200BC) through to the Edo period (1615-1867).
Opening hours
9:30am – 4:00pm, December to March
9:30am - 4:30pm, April to November

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