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Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto

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Art Museum · History Museum
Understand the evolution of Japanese arts at Kyoto National Museum, one of the most prestigious museums in the country. Originally set in an 1895 building, a huge modern wing with special pavilions was added in 2014. In numerous galleries, the museum tells a concise story of pre-modern Japanese art and Asian art through archeological relics, illustrated handscrolls, calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, and costumes. You can also see a collection of Buddhist paintings, lacquerware, and metalwork. Outdoor exhibits feature stone sculptures from Korea, early stone Buddhas, and Rodin’s "Thinker." Grab a drink at the lovely tea and coffee house, which sits in a spacious landscape garden. The museum is a five-minute walk from Shichijo station. Plan your visit to Kyoto National Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Kyoto online visit planner.
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  • Beautiful museum and I strongly recommend it for the person that loves history or a family that would like to learn more about humanity!  more »
  • seems some of the exhibits change often but they were all great. Some excellent ancient stone age stuff.  more »
  • Great museum. The meiji section was closed when I came but there was still plenty to see. They honored my girlfriends student ID from the US too!
  • A wonderful museum with a fine collection. Easily walkable. A great way to spend an afternoon.

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