The Matsumoto City Museum of Art was inaugurated in April 2002 and is a paradise for contemporary art. The entrance in itself is quite striking given the colourful installation by celebrated local artist Yayoi Kusama. Centred around the themes of Communication, Learning, Representation and Appreciation, this museum features maestros from Matsumoto along with those whose works have derived inspiration from the Japanese Alps. The museum is a 10 minute walk from the Matsumoto Station and is open from 9 am to 5 pm. The entrance fee is around 400 Yen.