|1972||January||Former mayor Abe Genzo publicly announced the establishment of an art museum in Fukuoka City.|
|1973||November||Tokoin Temple (an incorporated religious organization) gifted 85 works of Buddhist art to the Fukuoka City Board of Education. (They were later transferred to our museum.)|
|1974||December||The 1st Art Material Acquisition Committee was convened. At the Seaside by Raphaël Collin was purchased as the first work in the museum’s collection.|
|1978||September||The Kuroda family gifted 440 works (425 pieces of pre-modern art, 15 of modern and contemporary art, related to the Fukuoka domain of the Kuroda family.) (Some pieces were entrusted or purchased afterward.)|
|October||Dancer Listening to Organ in a Gothic Cathedral by Joan Miro was purchased.|
|1979||November||The Fukuoka Art Museum opened on November 3. The special inaugural exhibition Asian Artists Exhibition Part I: Modern Asian Art – India, China and Japan was held.
In the autumn of the following year, Asian Artists Exhibition Part II Festival: Contemporary Asian Art Show, 1980 was held. This was the original form of the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, now held at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.
|1980||March||When the Matsunaga Memorial Museum Foundation closed, 371 works were gifted to the museum (among them 369 pieces of pre-modern art, including an Important Cultural Property, Tea Leaf Jar with Design of Mt. Yoshino, by Nonomura Ninsei).|
|1990||October||Some of the Kuroda Family Treasures, including Gold Seal (National Treasure), Renowned Nihon-go (a spear with long blade) and other historical materials were transferred to the Fukuoka City Museum.|
|1995||December||Recognizing that an Asian art museum would be established in Fukuoka in the near future, Madonna of Port Lligat by Salvador Dali was purchased as a new centerpiece of our collection in lieu of Asian modern art.|
|1996||November||A masterpiece of antique Kyushu ceramics, a large covered dish with flower and bird design in enamel in the Kakiemon style (Arita ware) was purchased.|
|1999||March||672 pieces from the Asian modern art collection were transferred to the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.|
|2016||September||From September 1, the Fukuoka Art Museum temporarily closed almost for two and a half years due to a large-scale renovation.|
|2019||March||On March 21, Reopening of the Fukuoka Art Museum.|