Niigata Prefectural Museum of History


A museum with an excellent collection of Jomon period exhibits that tells the history of Niigata in an approachable and easy-to-understand way

The Niigata Prefectural Museum is intended as a place for visitors to learn comprehensively about the anthropology, archaeology, folklore and history of Niigata prefecture. In addition, the museum is also dedicated to the archaeology of the Jomon Period in Japan, and its study in Japanese and global context.
In the permanent exhibits there are rooms that introduce the history and culture of Niigata Prefecture (“Course of Niigata’s History,” “Life in Snow Country,” and “Making Rice”) as well as those that introduce Jomon culture from a national and global perspective (“World of the Jomon” and “Exploring Jomon Culture”). This is a uniquely interesting museum that includes life-size recreations of some historical environments.
There are also free audio guides available for the permanent exhibits in Japanese, English, Chinese, Russian and Korean.

General Information

Directions5 minutes by car from Nagaoka Interchange on the Kanetsu Expressway
40 minutes by bus from Nagaoka Station on the JR Joetsu Shinkansen
Car ParkParking for cars 184 spaces
Parking for large buses 5 spaces
Disabled parking 4 spaces
Opening Times9:30-17:00 (last entry at 16:30)
PricesPermanent exhibitions
Adults 520 yen (groups 410 yen)
High school and university students 200 yen (groups 160 yen)
Up to junior high school students free


Telephone Number0258-47-6130
Fax Number0258-47-6136