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A museum where you can take a look at the history and culture of Kyoto

The Museum of Kyoto

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The Museum of Kyoto
The Museum of Kyoto is a comprehensive cultural facility for introducing the history and culture of Kyoto in a way that is easy to understand. In addition to the varied special exhibitions and the film theater, the Museum has Roji Tenpo, a street of shops and restaurants based on traditional Kyoto townhouse design. And you can relax, knowing that museum brochures and on-site guidance explanation signs are all written in English, Chinese, and Korean.
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If you are in a rush, you can just have a look at The Museum of Kyoto Annex. You’ll get a taste of the amazing atmosphere even in a short amount of time.
Exhibition&Special exhibition
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Exhibition & Special Exhibition
On the second and third floors, exhibited materials tell Kyoto’s story—its history, culture, and art. The fourth floor has periodically changing exhibits of Japanese and foreign arts and crafts.

* Photo-taking is prohibited in the exhibit rooms.
* Admission tickets can be purchased at the general information counter on the first floor.
The Museum of Kyoto Annex
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The Museum Of Kyoto Annex
This Western-style building was built about 100 years ago. It was originally the Kyoto branch of former Bank of Japan. The building was converted and reopened as a museum. It has a profound and solemn atmosphere that powerfully impacts museum visitors.

* Some areas may be off-limits when events such as exhibits are being held.
A meal in a restaurant
Must Do !
A Meal In A Restaurant
A Japanese restaurant, a soba noodle shop, and a café are lined up on the "street." You can enjoy the unique foods and atmosphere of Kyoto in any of them. It is a great idea to enjoy a lunch or a dinner. Even have just a break in the café is enjoyable.
Taste and buy Japanese sake
Must Do !
Taste And Buy Japanese Sake
This store carries an assortment of Kyoto-brewed sake brands. You can taste them and then purchase whichever you like. At the counter, you can ask the clerk to wrap it securely so you can get it home in one piece.
Manner & Tips
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Check the sign board for prohibited areas. Some staff are there for assistance and to inform you if a specific area is prohibited or not.
The Museum of Kyoto Appearance Photo
The Museum of Kyoto
Categories Museums & Galleries
Phone +81 75-222-0888
Address 623-1, Higashikatamachi, Sanjo-agaru, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8183
Directions 3-minute walk from Subway Karasuma Line Karasuma Oike Station
Hours Exhibition 10am - 7:30pm (must enter by 7pm)

Special exhibition 10am - 6pm *Every Friday, the special exhibition stays open until 7:30pm, and last entry is until 30 minutes before that time.

Annex 10:00am - 7:30pm * You can enter the restaurant by 8:30pm
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Open all year
*Closed on Mondays (Except when national holiday falls on a Monday) and year-end holidays (December 28 - January 4)
Notes Popular exhibits may become crowded. Photos may be taken only on the first floor and in the Annex.
*When exhibits are held in the Annex, photo taking is prohibited.
Fee Exhibition: adult ¥500 / college students ¥400 / high school students and younger free (group discounts are available for groups of 20 or more)

Special exhibition: may change for special exhibits

Annex: free (except for special event)
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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English, Chinese, and Korean leaflets are available
Information Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean
Languages spoken Japanese only
The Museum of Kyoto +81 75-222-0888 Exhibition: adult ¥500 / college students ¥400 / high school students and younger free (group discounts are available for groups of 20 or more) Special exhibition: may change for special exhibits Annex: free (except for special event) 2/3

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