I knew about this free museum in my town, but had never visited it. I was out for a walk and decided to stop in. I'm so glad I did! A woman working there spoke some English and explained some of the exhibits, plus she gave me some information on other nearby places to visit. There was also some signage in English.
Jirocho Shimizu (1820-1893) was well known in this area during his lifetime. He is said to have opened Japan's first English school in 1874. This museum is a restored version of the seamen's inn that Jirocho Shimizu opened in 1886.
This is the entrance to the museum.
Inside were many exhibits, including this ceremonial robe from the Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu.
Some of the materials in this building came from the time of the original building.
This was the downstairs.
Upstairs were more exhibits including the English school. Notice how the students all sit in seiza, while the teacher sits on a box.