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Kyoto National Museum

Address: 527 Chayamachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0931, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-541-1151
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Ranked #103 of 513 things to do in Kyoto
Type: History museums, Art museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum houses a large collection of artworks and archaeological artifacts from the Kyoto area.
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Type: History museums, Art museums, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This museum houses a large collection of artworks and archaeological artifacts from the Kyoto area.

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San Francisco, California
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189 reviews 189 reviews
68 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The admission fee is 520 yen. This place is located across the street from Sanjusangendo Hall and enormously big. The building has at least three floors. I only went up to the second floor. On the first floor, the museum houses a gigantic buddha and many of its deities and ancient relics and artifacts. Then there antique mandalas and thanks,... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Super nice outlook of the new museum design, simple and modern, it's good to take a walk and take photo.

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Montreal, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We enjoyed part of this museum which showed some of the treasures from past eras. Artifacts dating back to 10,000BC were seen all the way through to the other influences of other societies (Chinese, Korean, western). Very interesting transitions in art and sculptures with English plaques making it easy to follow.

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Klamath Falls, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Pleasantly surprised. This museum has an English highlight of the display available for free at the reception. I only had 1.5 hour to spend here. The highlight of the display showed the most important cultural treasure in this museum. The whole museum is well organized. I learned a lot in a short amount of time.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

New building by Yoshio Taniguchi is excellent, but the description is almost in English. So it's unkind for foreign people. Taking Photo is allowed.

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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Although the museum has been renovated by Yoshio Taniguchi, the caption is almost only in Japanese. Not kind for foreign people. Taking photo is permitted like Tokyo National Museum.

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4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This museum has been renovated by Yoshio Taniguchi, Japanese famous architect. The museum is not kind for foreign people because there is few explanation in English. Like Tokyo National Museum, taking photography is allowed!!

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Libreville, Gabon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This was not a good museum. The exhibits were very limited, entirely in japanese and two whole floors of the building are empty. The one redeeming factor were the very sparse docents who would explain a particular exhibit to you if you did not speak japanese, but for our trip only one existed at some urns.

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Singapore, Singapore
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20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

Disappointed to find the museum closed except for a special exhibition held there. Apparently some major construction is going on in there. However, tickets are still going for 1000 yen and the lady at the ticket booth was very kind to inform us of the same. we made an informed decision to go somewhere else. Despite all that, In the... More 

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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Expensive place to hang out while in Kyoto. But, on this area you can learn how Kyoto city still beautiful like old town until now.

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