Permanent Exhibition

The History of the Exchange between Holland and Saga

During the 17th century, Arita ware was shipped to the rest of the world by the influential Dutch East India Company, and during the late Edo period and the Meiji Restoration the latest Western science and technology were introduced to Japan by Holland. In recent years there has been exchange between Dutch design and Saga/Arita manufacturers, as well as sports and cultural exchange. Here, learn about the history of exchange between Saga and the Netherlands and find out more about this connection, which started in the 17th century and will continue into the future.
“1616/arita japan” and “2016/,” the contemporary Arita ware brands created through collaboration with leading Dutch and European designers, will be on display. (Available for purchase)

World-class Towns on the Water

Both the Netherlands and Saga share the trait of being flat areas with a history of reclaiming land from the sea, making the Netherlands a “far away country that feels very close.” Learn about the similarities and differences of Holland and Saga through visualizations of these towns on the water.


Life on the Water

  1. The Activities of Saga Creek Net
    2018.03.17 – 05.13
  2. Water Town: Saga
    2018.05.14 – 07.11
  3. Report on Holland’s Watersides
    2018.07.12 – 08.26
  4. Enjoying the Watersides
    2018.08.27 – 10.22
  5. The Future of Our Watersides
    2018.10.23 – 2019.01.14

This exhibition will be held in five installments, introducing current waterside activities in Saga, a report detailing Dutch watersides, and more.

Opening Special Exhibition

2018.3.17 – 5.12

Scholten & Baijings

The “1616/arita japan” and “2016/” Arita ware series were born through the collaboration between Dutch design and Saga/Arita manufacturing. Scholten & Baijings is a world-class design team that worked on both series. Please enjoy their highly refined designs, which are created by searching for the hidden cultural and artistic contrasts behind items through extensive research, and feature bright colors and strong, modern geometric designs.

2018.3.17 - 2019.1.14