But after the video and a walk through a simulated Kobe street right after the quake, you enter the main display area of the museum. And it is full of artifacts and photos from Kobe. I was really surprised seeing some of the photos of real destruction, exactly like I had seen in the movie. That's when you realize that the destruction from this earthquake was so much worse than the one I had experienced in California.
The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art is a couple buildings down, which I wish I had been able to visit. It, too, opened as part of the rebuilding efforts in Kobe and is a very large contemporary and modern art museum.