The museum’s first exhibition honours several major UK events this year
The world’s first permanent sand-sculpture museum, which has dedicating its initial exhibition to Great Britain, opened on 14 April and will close in January next year.
The Sand Museum, at Tottori Sand Dunes in Tottori Prefecture, features 16 spectacular sculptures created over about one month by 15 sculptors from 10 countries.
Originally an open-air museum, the Sand Museum has exhibited several sand sculptures since 2006 in temporary structures, but in 2012 the sand museum moved into its own permanent building, with a larger display space and a richer collection.
The museum’s first exhibition honours several major UK events this year, such as the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s enthronement and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, along with sculptures of symbolic and popular British buildings.
At 4m high, 19m wide and 5m deep, the largest sculpture is “The Palace of Westminster and Big Ben”.
Admission: ¥600 for adults
and ¥300 for school children