Yume Murasaki Art Museum

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Yume Murasaki Art Museum

This small, 50-meter-square dyeing museum was created by the sixth head of Taniya Kimono, a textile shop that was established over 150 years ago, who was enchanted by Tyrian purple, a natural dye extracted by exposing the pigment from the purple glands of sea snails to ultraviolet radiation. This dye has been used since ancient times and is said to be the gemstone of colors. Yume Murasaki Art Museum collects textiles, paintings, and other handicrafts dyed with Tyrian purple, and has restored this purple-dyeing technique.

The museum building was converted from Taniya Kimono’s 120-year-old storehouse and is the only private dyeing museum in Japan. The plaster wall is 60-centimeters thick and the basement is said to have been set up as a countermeasure to flooding. The building is still in good condition and has been nationally registered as a Tangible Cultural Property.


580 Omigawa, Katori City

Hours of Operation

9:30 AM – 6:00 PM


Wednesday, New Year’s Holiday

Admission Fee



By train

Approx. 10 min walk for JR Omigawa Station

By car:

Approx. 20 min from Sawara-Katori IC on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway



Nearby Tourist Attractions

Contact Information

Phone: 0478-83-1089


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〒287-8501 千葉県香取市佐原ロ2127番地 (市役所3階)