Bernard Buffet Museum

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The Bernard Buffet Museum, inaugurated on 25th November 1973, was founded by Kiichiro Okano (1917-1995) to collect and exhibit works by the French painter Bernard Buffet, a prominent postwar figure of French figurative art. The museum boasts the world’s largest collection of Buffet’s works, with more than 2000 oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, engravings, illustrated books, posters and more.
Okano's first encounter with the work of Buffet dates from the early 1950s, when the ravages of WWII were still quite visible. Buffet’s depictions of a sense of postwar vacuity and anxiety made a deep and lasting impression on Okano’s mind. Subsequently, he started collecting representative works from every period of Buffet’s career. Later on, he decided to found a museum near his hometown that would commemorate the achievements of this unique painter as a witness of the historical events of the 20th century. Okano's wish was for “culture to flourish on this soil through the talent of this man of genius”.

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Has a shopHas a parkingHas a restaurant/cafeNo Library/BookstoreNot accessible to disabled persons

Permanent Artists/Collection

Bernard Buffet

Opening hours

From 10:00 to 17:00
Closed on Wednesdays
Note:From April to August, the museum opens until 18:00. From November to January, opens only until 16:30. On a Public Holiday Wednesday, the Museum is open, but closed on the following Thursday.


Adults ¥1000, University and High School Students ¥500, Elementary and Junior High School Students free, Special Exhibition Fees may be charged separately.


Address: Higashino Clematis no Oka, 515-57 Sunto-gun, Nagaizumi-cho, Shizuoka 411-0931
Phone: 055-986-1300 Fax: 055-987-5511

From the North exit of JR Mishima Station, take the free shuttle bus from the north exit (25 min).

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