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Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

#131 of 1,390 things to do in Kyoto
Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Worth a visit

A great free museum to wander around on a rainy day. Some beautiful paintings, drawings and... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
Exeter, United Kingdom
Quirky Museum with Often Great Exhibis

We have been to this somewhat run-down museum several times. You never know what might be there... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2016
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  • Average14%
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18 Apr 2018
“Museum under renovation”
12 Apr 2017
“Worth a visit”
Starting from 10th of April 2017 the Main Building will be closed due to upcoming renovation work and only the Annex will be open. The renewal opening of the Main Building is scheduled for fiscal year 2019.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
As featured in Museum Guide for Kyoto
124 Okazakienshojicho, Sakyo-ku | Okazaki Park, Kyoto 606-8344, Kyoto Prefecture
City Centre
+81 75-771-4107
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art is currently under intensive renovation while the main building had been closed for public under the estimated completion by early 2019.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

A great free museum to wander around on a rainy day. Some beautiful paintings, drawings and calligraphy.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank anotherplanetwithyou
Reviewed 10 November 2016

We have been to this somewhat run-down museum several times. You never know what might be there. The museum often has special exhibits, for which one must pay an entry fee. But for other exhibits, which appear to be more local or community based, there...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed 9 November 2016

We recently made a visit to the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art for the Ito Jakuchu exhibit. I used to frequent this museum often during my childhood growing up in Kyoto. However this was my first time in over 30 years. This museum, which opened...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank N_and_R
Reviewed 16 October 2016

We had time to kill and I wanted to see the Mary Cassatt exhibit, so we took the bus from the JR train station. This was an easy and economical way to go. The main exhibit was extensive as was another exhibit of an early20...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank 24lorraineS
Reviewed 11 October 2016

We planned to go to the Modern Art Museum across the street but due to a national holiday it was closed. We paid 1200 yen each (three of us) to walk the perimeter of the first floor gallery that had only Japanese scrolls. Nice scrolls...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank oregonfrost
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

My husband was reluctant to go in at first, but he quickly changed his mind. There were several exhibitions taking place, but we only visited the free/permanent display, which was an eye opener. It presents a very diverse selection of modern Japanese artists, and not...More

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank moushmoula
Reviewed 16 August 2016

This museum is advertised as being free except for temporary exhibitions. The problem was that everything was temporary exhibitions. We ended up paying 500yen for an exhibition of Japanese Paintings (there was a Salvador Dali exhibition at the time, for 3 times that price). The...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank lfgbaia
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Entry to this museum is ¥500 which is not bad but there is no information in English regarding the origins of the paintings of the artists. It is small as well so don't expect to spend too much time here, I spent under half an...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank jackmoore93
Reviewed 6 July 2016

No English info about was a bit confusing and obviously changed since previous reviews. Seemed to be four separate paid exhibits - we pad 500yen for a small mixed Japanese exhibit which was good. There was also a Salvador Dali which was 1500yen. No care...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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