The Museum of Kyoto
The Museum of Kyoto
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About
Kyoto is richly blessed with nature and having been the capital of Japan for more than one thousand years it has been developing an outstanding culture and has played a major role in the formation of Japanese culture. The Museum of Kyoto was opened in 1988 as a comprehensive cultural facility that introduces the history and culture of Kyoto in an easily understandable way. And in 2011 the museum was renovated for visitors to experience "the real thing" and it started out on a new journey. In addition to the wide variety of special exhibitions on the 4th floor, there are various projects that introduce excellent items connected to Kyoto in the exhibition galleries on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Also, there are regularly scheduled shows of classic films held by Kyoto Prefecture in the pleasant and comfortable of the film theater on the 3rd floor. In addition, the annex (the former Bank of Japan Kyoto Branch), which was designated as the Important Cultural Property as a leading example of a modern Western-style building, is widely known as the symbol of the Museum of Kyoto.
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Neighbourhood: City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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Peter K
Ryde, Australia540 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Expecting to find exhibits relating to the history of Japan in general and Kyoto, as ancient capital, we were disappointed. Like other galleries and museums, this hosts special exhibitions.

This museum also hosts special exhibitions which are not free.

We saw artefacts from the Tofuku - Ji temple, which were both beautiful and significant and worth the admission in a wonderful space.

If you have the concept of western style museums, this is not the case.
Written 25 October 2023
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Scott F
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
For English speaking visitors: A little challenging to get much out of it unless you speak Japanese. Relatively small main exhibition.
Written 2 June 2023
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Tony Collins
Edgewater, Australia2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Unable to digest the information provided. Not value for money, although accept the cultural significance to the City
Written 6 May 2023
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Gary W
Melbourne, Australia249 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
I visited the Kyoto museum without any expectations except to learn something of the local history and culture. What I found when I got there was a fantastic exhibition of the Czech artist Mucha works.
This exhibition covers two floors of the museum and has over a hundred of his works.
It also covered how his stylised works have influenced others right up to current manga artists.
The rest of the museum exhibits were ok but there was very limited English explanations on the exhibits so I probably didn’t get the full benefit of the experience.
Audio guides are available which I didn’t use.
Highly recommended
Written 31 October 2019
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Leanda D
Townsville, Australia58 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Generally average museum, its website suggested it had more than what was actually there. General admission was 500Y, which was ok value for what we got. The first floor has been set up like an Edo period main street, this contains the gift shop. The second floor is a pretty decent exhibit of buildings around Kyoto and the materials used. We ventured up to the 5th and 6th floors (3 and 4 are the special exhibit floors) and found ourselves a good photography exhibit plus a lovely fashion/shibori exhibit both staffed by friendly locals all too happy to share their displays with us. The kaliedoscope museum is a 1 minute walk away... It's worth a look
Written 19 October 2019
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Noam R
Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel33 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
I’m a big fan of museums, I love history, but this one was an Awful museum. No English, no proper structure. Not worth it at all.
A waste of your time.
Written 11 October 2019
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Bartłomiej
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
Permanent exhibition is only one floor and there are not too many exhibits. History of shown objects is described only briefly and without creating of any continuity. In the price there is option to see the movie - but no English subtitles. After all it feels like the space of museum is poorly used. Would not recommend :/
Written 15 August 2019
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ExileInPoohville
Oswego, NY52 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
This museum was a bit of a disappointment, with not a lot of content, despite Kyoto's obviously rich history. Also, not much of the text that accompanied the exhibits was in English. But the current exhibit of woodblock prints by Yoyokama Kazan was lovely. The Ken Burns-style animation (in which a camera slowly moves over a photo or picture) and projection of those prints was mesmerizing. If you like Japanese woodblock prints, this exhibit is worth seeking out.
Written 25 June 2019
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baywanderer
San Francisco, CA342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Like the reviewer below, I went to the museum when it was showing the Ukioye paintings. The exhibit was wonderful and first class. Like other museums we encountered in Japan whether you should make a visit depends on what they are showing and whether that exhibit interests you. I would rate their permanent section at three stars but the much larger rotating space depends on what is showing.
Written 4 June 2019
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thesouplady-two
London, UK289 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
I can’t rate the space allocated to their collection highly at all - but we were super lucky that the special exhibit while we were in Kyoto was on Uniko-e Paintings - and was outstanding. I particularly loved the wigs on display - explaining in English exactly what kind of woman would have what kind of hair-do. This made it easy to imagine just who the ladies pictured by the artists might have been. This section was worth the price. But if you aren’t lucky to have a must-see exhibit. - skip this museum.
Written 15 May 2019
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