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Kyoto National Museum

Preserving the legacy of Kyoto’s cultural assets for the benefit of future generations.

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Museum

Kyoto National Museum opened in 1897 as the Imperial Museum of Kyoto.
Today, the museum maintains a collection of about 14,600 pieces of art and cultural properties with close ties to Kyoto, including Japanese and East Asian artworks, as well as excavated cultural treasures. The museum exhibits a range of cultural properties, including archaeological artifacts, ceramics, Buddhist statues and other forms of sculpture, paintings from the Heian through early modern periods, calligraphy, textiles, lacquer work, metalwork, and other arts and crafts that reflect the history of Kyoto. The museum also regularly holds special exhibitions.

The museum has two exhibition spaces: the first is the Meiji Kotokan Hall, a Western-style, retro red brick building that has remained intact since the museum first opened. The building itself is designated as an Important Cultural Property (as of July 2021, exhibitions here are suspended due to plans for seismic retrofitting).

The second is the Heisei Chishinkan Wing, which was built in 2014 and designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, who also designed the new building for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. It has a striking, modern appearance and includes a café-restaurant called The Muses that is managed by the luxury hotel Hyatt Regency Kyoto, as well as a museum store called Kyoto Benrido that sells goods related to the museum's exhibits. The café Maeda Coffee is located at the south gate, and from there you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Meiji Kotokan Hall and the garden.

Highlights

  • The museum opened in 1897 and boasts a collection of about 14,600 works of art and crafts related to Kyoto.
  • The retro Western-style Meiji Kotokan Hall functions as an exhibition space and has been designated a National Important Cultural Property for its significant historical value.
  • The Heisei Chishinkan Wing, opened in 2014, was designed by world-renowned architect Yoshio Taniguchi.

Photos

  • The main gate and the Meiji Kotokan Hall are esteemed landmarks designated as an Important Cultural Properties.

    The main gate and the Meiji Kotokan Hall are esteemed landmarks designated as an Important Cultural Properties.

  • In front of the Meiji Kotokan Hall (Important Cultural Property), the famous sculptor Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker" is on display.

    In front of the Meiji Kotokan Hall (Important Cultural Property), the famous sculptor Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker" is on display.

  • The Heisei Chishinkan Wing, located next to the Meiji Kotokan Hall, leaves a striking impression.

    The Heisei Chishinkan Wing, located next to the Meiji Kotokan Hall, leaves a striking impression.

Reviews

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  • Yuk1030

    不只是博物館內部的收藏品,光是博物館建築物的本體也都有相當歷史值得參觀。

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Details

Name in Japanese
京都国立博物館
Postal Code
605-0931
Address
527 Chayacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Tel
075-525-2473
Closed
Mondays, Year-end and New Year holidays
Business Hours
9:30am-5:00pm (Admission allowed until 4:30pm) ※Subject to change for special exhibitions.
Admission
<Thematic Exhibition> 700 yen for adults, 350 yen for university students, free admission is available for senior citizens (70+ years of age) / high school students and below (under age 18) / disabled guests (includes one attendant)
<Special Exhibition> Varies by exhibition (Advance reservations may be given priority)
* University and high school students and those eligible for free admission must show their ID such as a student ID card when entering the museum.
Access
1) 7-minute walk from Shichijo Station on the Keihan Main Line
2) 20-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station
3) From JR Kyoto Station, take city bus No. 100 from platform D1 in front of Kyoto Station, or city bus No. 206 or 208 from platform D2, and get off at "Hakubutsukan, Sanjusangendo-mae" stop. It’s a short walk from there.
Credit Cards
Accepted (JCB, American Express, Diners Club, Visa, UnionPay, Mastercard)
Official Website
Official Website (English)