Construction of a New Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art


The Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, which is currently located in the Tenjin district of Fukuoka City, has drawn many visitors over the years as a venue for encounters with art and culture. However, 58 years have now passed since the time of the museum’s construction, and there are limits to the size and functions of the building. In order to carry on and expand the museum’s artworks and artistic activities, which are precious cultural assets of the people of Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture has therefore decided to construct a new prefectural art museum at the southern end of Ohori Park (Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City).

Accordingly, Fukuoka Prefecture formulated a “Master Plan for the New Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art” compiling the basic policies and approaches necessary for the construction and operation of the new prefectural art museum in November 2021.

Aims and Concept of the Master Plan

The following four aims have been laid out based on perspectives such as the historical context of Fukuoka Prefecture; the open, cheerful, and enterprising character of its residents; the museum’s role as the center of arts and culture in Fukuoka Prefecture; contributions to the artistic and cultural development of the Kyushu region; the mission of a museum with prefectural residents and artists in leading roles; and the utilization of the attractions of one of Japan’s leading urban parks.

“A Museum to Expand and Challenge the Potential of Art”

  • Become a hub for Japanese and international artists to interact and carry out cultural and artistic activities.
  • Become a hub for new forms of artistic expression using cutting-edge technology, etc. and the creation of new trends in culture and art.
  • Become a hub for supporting the cultural and artistic activities of young artists, such as the creation and presentation of works, as well as developing artists to lead the next generation.

“A Museum That Will Contribute to the Artistic and Cultural Development of the Kyushu Region and Fukuoka Prefecture”

  • Become a hub for information about the past, present, and future of artistic activities in Fukuoka Prefecture, through research into and exhibition of artworks and other materials related to Fukuoka Prefecture.
  • Preserve the collected artworks and other artistic assets that the Prefectural Museum of Art has accumulated while also further enriching the collection.
  • Promote initiatives that contribute to the artistic and cultural development of Kyushu in partnership with other art museums in the region.

“A Museum Where Prefectural Residents Can Enjoy, Engage With, Learn about Art and Culture While Developing Pride in Fukuoka”

  • Become a hub for prefectural residents to become more familiar with art, refine their sensibilities, and enrich their minds while also discovering and developing their own talents.
  • Become a place where people can learn by coming into contact with rich culture and art as well as artistic assets and nurture pride and affection for their local region.
  • Become a place where diverse individuals participate in the museum’s activities, and connections and empathy are born through culture and art.
  • Become a hub for regional revitalization spreading the impacts of cultural and artistic activities throughout the prefecture in partnership with local communities, schools, other art museums in the prefecture, etc.

“A Museum Integrated with the Park”

  • Expand activities widely into surrounding areas to create a vast artistic space in Ohori Park.
  • Stimulate new cultural and artistic activity by becoming a venue for diverse forms of artistic expression in partnership with the Noh theater, Japanese garden, and Fukuoka Art Museum.
  • Become a landmark for the area and encourage exchanges between many people.

Construction Site

The planned site is prefectural land at the southern end of the prefecture-run Ohori Park, where the Fukuoka Budokan and Japanese garden are currently located.

Future Schedule

The current Prefectural Museum of Art may continue to be used as a facility for exchanges between young artists, workshops, and symposiums, taking advantage of its location in the Tenjin district. A specific utilization plan will be discussed in the future.