The museum’s opening ceremony was held on 13 May 2006 and it was opened to the public on 15 May 2006

The Seinan Gakuin University Museum is a rather small museum, but it is particular suitable for educational activities related to Christianity. Due to its characteristic insight on Christian culture its reputation increases year by year. The building, that was designed by William Merrell Vories as Seinan Gakuin’s main building in 1921, became the symbol of the University, because of the historical significance and impressiveness of its red brick facade. The museum hosts lots of activities and events: Two times a year special or temporary exhibitions, public lectures, academic conferences and concerts are held and several times a year a “Children Workshop” for the local children takes place.


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History of the museum

1916

Foundation of “Private Seinan Gakuin” in the Daimyo district (Fukuoka city)

1918

Relocation to the Nishijin district (Sawara ward, Fukuoka city)

1920

Beginning of the construction of Seinan Gakuin’s former main building

1921

March: Completion of the former main building and lecture hall (Vories Architecture)

1933

31 May: Death of Founder C.K. Dozier

2000

SGU received the Urban Landscape Award from Fukuoka city

2004

11 March: The former main building and lecture hall was assigned as “Tangible Cultural Property of Fukuoka” and “Protected Building” 9 August: Start of repair and construction works to strengthen the building fabric of the former main building and lecture hall

2005

21 July: End of repair and construction works to strengthen the building fabric of the former main building and lecture hall

2006

April: Change of the buildings name to “Seinan Gakuin University Museum” 13 May: Opening ceremony, 15 May: Opening to the public

 

Association memberships

1. Japan Association of Museums 2. Musicological Society of Japan 3. Kyūshū Association of Museums 4. Fukuoka-ken Association of Museums

Founding director

Takakura Hiroaki(July 2009 – March 2013) Department for Intercultural studies, Division for Intercultural studies 【Field of research】 Main research subject: History of the cultural exchange between Japan, China and Korea by examining archaeological excavations, antiquities and primary sources Japanese archaeology 【Social activities (selection)】 Chair of the Council for Cultural Affairs’ first advising expert subcommittee on cultural properties, studies of antiquities and primary sources (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) Member of the round-table conference on the importance of studies of antiquities and primary sources (Agency for Cultural Affairs) Vice president of the senate of the Kyūshū National Museum Member of the collectors of primary sources of the Fukuoka City Museum Member of the investigative commission on the detailed design of “Minami no mura” in the Yoshinogari Historical Park