Admire art, inside art.

Enjoy collections of endearing Japanese dolls and Art Noveau glass works. Appreciate modern masters Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, and Kaii Higashiyama, and gaze upon the Setouchi seascape from the rooftop. Everything you see and encounter stimulates the senses, from Shigeru Ban’s concept of movable exhibition rooms inspired by the islands of Setouchi, to the garden filled with plants beloved by French artist Emile Gallé.

Movable Galleries / Exhibition Hall

The eight movable galleries that sit within the water basin were conceived by Shigeru Ban with inspiration from the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. Incorporating Hiroshima’s shipbuilding technology, this unique architectural design allows the galleries to be moved by floating them on the water. The walls of the exhibition hall are rearranged for each exhibition.

Opening Hours:
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (admission until 4:30 p.m.)
Days Closed:
Every Monday (except public holidays), year-end and New Year holidays, exhibition changeover periods

Seaview Terrace

Go outside the exhibition building and climb a gentle slope to see a view of the sea. The beauty of the many islands of the Seto Inland Sea, such as Miyajima, Atatajima, and Etajima, stretch out before your eyes. Here you can enjoy scenery that harmonizes the architecture of SIMOSE, including movable exhibition rooms in eight colors lining a basin of water, and nature.

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(admission until 4:30 p.m.)

Emile Gallé’s Garden

Emile Gallé, a craftsman who represented Art Nouveau, not only produced works with motifs of nature, but also worked as a botanist. This garden was planted in harmony with the climate of Setouchi, centering on flowers which appear in Gallé’s works of art.

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(admission until 4:30 p.m.)

Museum Cafe

A café with a view of the peaceful Seto Inland Sea. You can enjoy desser ts made with fruit from Setouchi, sandwiches and other light meals, as well as coffee and tea.

20 seats
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(last order 4:30 p.m.)
open year-round

Museum Shop

The museum shop offers a variety of original goods, including prints of the artworks in the Simose collection, items inspired by the movable galleries, glassworks that reproduce the techniques of Emile Gallé, and objects made from thinly cut paper tubes, one of Shigeru Ban’s iconic architectural materials. Books on architecture, art, and design are also for sale.

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m./open year-round

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