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History of Niigata University Asahimachi Museum
(formerly Niigata Teacher's School Memorial Hall)

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 Niigata University was established in 1949 based on the post-war reform of the academic system. The predecessors of each faculty, including the National Niigata Teacher’s School and the Niigata Medical School, were established during the Meiji and Taisho periods.
 In 1999, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the university's founding, a public exhibition of valuable academic materials accumulated over the university's long history was held to rave reviews.

 Based on the exhibits from the above exhibition, and as a stepping-stone toward the establishment of the Niigata University General Museum, the Niigata University Asahimachi Scientific Materials Exhibition Room was established in December 2001 with the aim of making the university's valuable academic materials widely available to the public, both inside and outside the university. In April 2004, the name of the museum was changed to the Niigata University Asahimachi Museum.

 The exhibition hall building has been used as a children's museum of the former Niigata Teacher's School since its construction in 1929, and is one of the oldest existing reinforced concrete buildings of the early Showa period in Niigata City. As a result, the Asahimachi Museum was designated a registered tangible cultural property by the national government in November 2005. Repairs to exterior walls and other renovations are being carried out in 2021.

 In addition to the exterior of the building displaying a feeling of elevation through pillars that run from the first to the second floor and vertical window fenestration, the pillars in the center of the facade are raised to emphasize symmetry, soundly conveying the characteristics of the Neo-Gothic style that was popular in Japan in the early Showa period. Highlights of the museum include its scratch-tile walls and the beauty of the fittings that can be seen on the staircases and elsewhere.

The Asahimachi/Nishiohata area where the museum is located is dotted with Western-style buildings and residences with a blend of Japanese and Western styles built during the Meiji and early Showa periods, some of which are used as galleries. You can take a stroll and enjoy the atmosphere of that time.