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The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

The hands-on museum where you can learn about life in Osaka now and then.

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Japan’s first museum, specialized on the history and culture of life, was opened in April 2001. You can learn about housing and how people lived during Edo, Meiji, Taisho and Showa Periods.

On the 8th floor, Modern Osaka Panoramic Tour shows a modern town in Osaka from Meiji to Showa Periods with a diorama model and video. The architecture of the era, the life, culture and customs from the Cultural Revolution through the Dai-Osaka (Big Osaka) Era. The Living Theater "That Day That House -A Family's Relocation Story-" is an intriguing episode of a girl, who was born and grew up in Osaka Karahori Shopping Street. It shows how a family changed homes via video and models. Check it out.

On the 9th floor, “Saijiki of Naniwa Machiya (Time Slip to the Edo Period)” recreates the townscape in early 1830s in life-size. You can actually walk along the street with a public bath, kimono shop, book store, Pharmacy, etc. and step inside and handle the displays. (Closed for the ceiling repair until the fall of 2022)

The special display room will have exhibitions related to life from time to time.


  • The museum that shares the changes in housing and life in Osaka.
  • Displays a detailed recreation of housing in Osaka through Meiji, Taisho and Showa Periods with video and diorama models.
  • Permanent exhibition and occasional special exhibitions.
  • “Saijiki of Naniwa Machiya,” a recreation of townscape in Edo Period on the 9th floor is closed, due to a ceiling repair until fall of 2022.


  • The permanent exhibition to show the life, culture and customs in modern Osaka

    The permanent exhibition to show the life, culture and customs in modern Osaka

  • The model depicts the modern townscape

    The model depicts the modern townscape

  • Recreated details inside the buildings

    Recreated details inside the buildings


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Name in Japanese
大阪市立住まいのミュージアム 大阪くらしの今昔館
Postal Code
6-4-20 Tenjinbashi, Kita-ku, Osaka city, Osaka, Housing Information Center Building 8F
Tuesdays, The end and beginning of the year, When preparing for new exhibitions
10:00am-5:00pm (Admission allowed until 4:30pm)
* Exhibition room partially closed due to the ceiling repair until about fall of 2022.
400 yen/person, High school/college student 300 yen (during the ceiling repair)
* You can view the permanent exhibition on the 8th floor and some special exhibitions.
1) Directly connected to Osaka Metro Subway Tanimachi Line, Sakaisuji Line, and Hankyu Senri Line, and Tenjinbashisuji 6 Chome Station.
2) From JR Osaka Loop Line, Tenma Station, walk 7 min.
Credit Cards
Accepted (Visa, MasterCard, JCB, American Express, Diners Club, Discover, UnionPay)
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)