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Kyoto National Museum

Travel Guide - Kyoto National Museum

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Kyoto National Museum was originally opened as The Imperial Museum of Kyoto in 1897. The museum is mainly housed in two buildings - the prominent red brick building built in 1895 is the museum's former main building (Meiji Koto-kan), and the modern-style white building completed in 2014 is the current main building (Heisei Chishin-kan). The former main building is designated as a Important Cultural Property and is only used for special exhibitions today.
The museum holds about 12,000 of fine arts, historical artifacts and handicrafts, and half of them were donated from the public including shrines and temples in Kyoto and Nara. The museum's collection of fine arts is especially highly rated, holding over 200 items that are designated as National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties.
The museum also displays stone Buddha statues created in the Heian Period (794 - 1185), stone pagodas created in the Kamakura Period (1185 - 1333), and a famous sculpture "The Thinker" by Auguste Rodin in the garden.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 9:30 - 18:00 *admission until 30 minutes before closing
  • 9:30 - 20:00 (Fridays) *admission until 30 minutes before closing

ClosedClosed

  • Mondays (or the following day when it falls on a national holiday)

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Varies according to the exhibition

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 10 minutes from JR Kyoto Station by the #206 or #208 bus. Get off at Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae Bus stop.
  • 7 minutes walk from Shichijo Station on the Keihan Main Line

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 527, Chayacho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0931

TweetsTweets

Alain Dagher @alain_dagher - 2019-03-22
@BenSaunders Eat at yakitori shops under the tracks at Shinjuku Station. Go to Kamakura (or Kyoto if you can). Visi… https://t.co/lmd5VV8rxQ
Jaiden.F @JaidenGaymer - 2019-03-17
Kyoto National Museum. Wasn't allowed photos but Buddhist and temple guardian statues 12feet tall stone and wooden… https://t.co/kqFN0SnfTC
Tokyo Büyükelçiliği @EmbassyTokyo - 2019-03-15
Artifacts that will be displayed during “The Treasures and the Tradition of “Lale” in the Ottoman Empire “exhibiti… https://t.co/8G41P1pFBA
Paula R. Curtis @paularcurtis - 2019-03-12
Images above and below likely from the 12th century (late Heian period). The full scroll of the two pics above (bel… https://t.co/Kri0CTQwmc
Daniel Vaughn @BBQsnob - 2019-03-11
Left Tokyo for Kyoto yesterday, but not before seeing religious statues from the 7th century and swords nearly that… https://t.co/6bLKMMDDeX
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4649 @goodluck4649 - 2019-03-04
【Kyoto national museum】
I was going to Kyoto national museum.
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What's up in Kyoto @whatsupinkyoto - 2019-03-01
Highlight this weekend, on March 3: Hina Matsuri - Doll Festival

Many homes set up displays of dolls in honor of t… https://t.co/d2sOSH6smG
artfram.es @artfram_es - 2019-02-26
«Album of Plum Blossoms» (1754) by Li Fangying
🏛️ Kyoto National Museum
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Japan Consulate Miami @JapanCons_Miami - 2019-02-20
In Japan, this is what formal feminine apparel looked like around the 12th century. The sleeves and hems of multipl… https://t.co/a5WX3OEVNp
Paprika Girl @PaprikaGirl_JP - 2019-02-20
People in #Kyoto! Rashomon will be shown at the National Museum on the 3rd next month! I can’t go, but I so would!… https://t.co/KuGKVOyRYR
Paprika Girl @PaprikaGirl_JP - 2019-02-19
I used the morning to visit an exhibition of Hina-matsuri dolls at the Kyoto National Museum. How beautiful they ar… https://t.co/TwPAldMfxI
Paprika Girl @PaprikaGirl_JP - 2019-02-19
The beautiful ume (plum) blossoms at the Kyoto National Museum. @kyohaku_gallery #Kyoto #February #flowers https://t.co/N2sUUjUPeY
Chap Mei Chan @ChristineMCNA - 2019-02-15
@FranchiseAFA My birthday spent in the Kyoto National Museum by my ryokan (out of the snowy cold)... unforgettable… https://t.co/1MIAfrNmwe
Christine M. Chan @ChristineMCNA - 2019-02-15
@FranchiseAFA My birthday spent in the Kyoto National Museum by my ryokan (out of the snowy cold)... unforgettable… https://t.co/1MIAfrNmwe
David Calhoun @franksvalli - 2019-02-15
Kyoto National Museum also has full explanations of items on exhibit, in Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese
春田晴郎 @HarutaSeiro - 2019-02-12
Translation based on _Ancient Text Sources in the National Museum of Iran Vol.1_, Maekawa K. ed., Matsushima E.… https://t.co/6T4XD1ewIf
Vaibhav Mallya @mallyvai - 2019-02-11
@jtaby Hiroshima - main war museum. Take a full day to wander, eat Okonomiyaki with beer, sit in grass, reflect.

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芸術の窓 ArtWorld @tokikodasa - 2019-02-11
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Tokyo Büyükelçiliği @EmbassyTokyo - 2019-02-05
Historical artifacts of Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace Museum are coming to Japan! The magnificent works of art of Topka… https://t.co/kPu5cCiqay
Adventures in Kyoto @KyotoDailyPhoto - 2019-02-01
***Zuisen-ji is still in possession of many of these 'Jisei' (辞世-death poems). For safe-keeping they are stored at Kyoto National Museum.
Yuri Yoshida @yrysdyr - 2019-01-29
January 12, 2019.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (Japan)
'Exhibition in remembrance of Iwakura Hisashi'… https://t.co/5C2MiptnYG
Yuri Yoshida @yrysdyr - 2019-01-29
January 12, 2019.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (Japan)
'Lucie Rie and European Ceramics'… https://t.co/S0MiR1uI8L
Yuri Yoshida @yrysdyr - 2019-01-29
January 12, 2019.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (Japan)
'Marking 30 Years Since the Death of Mizuki Shi… https://t.co/YxnVcmXL0C
Yuri Yoshida @yrysdyr - 2019-01-29
January 12, 2019.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (Japan)
'Selected Works of Kawai Kanjiro'… https://t.co/Wz8gve1hgl
Yuri Yoshida @yrysdyr - 2019-01-28
January 12, 2019.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (Japan)
'Graphics in Vienna around 1900 – New Design fo… https://t.co/WyMDmHkCwr
Yuri Yoshida @yrysdyr - 2019-01-28
January 12, 2019.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (Japan)
'Ueno Isaburo and the International Architectur… https://t.co/0TD8VgB8m6

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