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Thousands flock to new Prefecture Museum

Date Posted: 2007-11-09

Nearly 10,000 showed up for the grand opening of Okinawa Prefecture’s new Museum and Gallery, ooh’ing and aahh’ing the exhibition focusing on the Okinawa ocean waters and the historic roots of the prefecture’s citizens.
Last Saturday’s opening of the museum in Naha City’s Omoromachi area was deemed a success by Hirotaka Makino, the museum’s chairman. The permanent exhibition keys on the Ryukyu Archipelago’s birth and traces life through the ages to the present. Makino says the islanders’ lives and natural environment, and introducing visitors to the ocean depths is very exciting because of the use of light beams and sound.
The causes of ocean typhoons are explained in museum exhibits, and archeological finds, including animal bones, are on display in the museum. Other sections of the museum feature historic kimonos, puzzles, herb leaves and Okinawan music. Makino says it’s the perfect place for young people to learn a lot about history.
The new Prefecture Museum is located next to Naha Main Place in Omoromachi. Open Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. ~ 8 p.m., the museum is closed Mondays. Last entry is at 7:30 p.m. daily. Adult admission is ¥400, and high school age student entry is ¥250. Junior high school and elementary school student entry is free. Museum officials say all children can have free admission by presenting a school pass, available to all schools in the Prefecture free of charge.

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