We are the only museum in the world that exhibits glassworks created by a technique known as lampworking. Our collection includes approximately 2,000 showpieces, including lampwork beads, or “Tombodama” in Japanese, from ancient times through the modern age of great variety: exquisitely artistic works and distinctively unique ones. The exhibition presents you with all the charm and fantastic potential of lampwork as an art form.
Our hands-on workshop provides you with an exciting opportunity to create your glass bead using the lampwork process. Previous experience is unnecessary. Also, discover memorable gifts at our museum shop.
This is a fun-filled museum where you can view, appreciate, create, and purchase glass artworks. We look forward to seeing you!
History of the Museum
- January 1995
- Miyamoto Kyonobu opens an arts and crafts shop to provide “compassion and enjoyment in daily life” on the site of his restaurant destroyed by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
- July 2005
- During the same year as the 10th anniversary of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, Miyamoto opens the “Kobe lampwork glass museum” as a private art museum to express a wish for regeneration and creation by exhibiting glass artworks known as “lampwork.”
- December 2005
- Miyamoto holds “International Lampwork Festa 2005, 10 Years after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in KOBE.” (The 2nd Festa, in October 2007.)
- April 2006
- Miyamoto establishes the “Japan Lampwork Society” to further promote and develop lampwork.
- October 2006
- Miyamoto holds “Bead Art Show, KOBE 2016,” the first bead show in Japan, aiming to fuse lampwork and bead art and provide a place for new exchanges, encounters, and possibilities. (Since then, it has been held regularly in YOKOHAMA and NAGOYA.)
- October 2007
- The inaugural issue of LAMMAGA, a quarterly lampwork information magazine, is published.
- December 2007
- Getting the participation of people involved in beads for different purposes and from various standpoints, Miyamoto establishes the “Japan Beads Society” to broaden activities and expand exchanges.
- March 2012
- The inaugural issue of Bead Art, an information-filled magazine for enjoying beads as artworks, is published.