The Kyoto National Museum is one of the famous museums in Kyoto housing some of the most important cultural properties of Japan
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The Kyoto National Museum was founded during the Meiji period to protect important cultural artifacts that had until then been held by shrines and temples. The museum has two wings, the Heisei Chishinkan Wing and the Meiji Kotokan Hall, where they mainly display important cultural properties from Kyoto. Both wings of the museum are architecturally significant; the Meiji period Western style red brick Special Exhibition Hall, Meiji Kotokan, the Main Gate of the museum, and the new and modern Heisei Chishinkan Wing just opened in 2014. At the museum they hold two kinds of exhibitions, special exhibitions twice a year with a specific topic and thematic exhibitions showing artifacts and artwork from the museum collection, which are reinstalled regularly. They have sculptures, metalwork, illustrated handscrolls, Buddhist paintings, and lacquerware on display, some of them designated as National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties of Japan.
Besides these exhibitions, there are also outdoor exhibits and even a quaint tea house, so there really is a lot to see at this museum that is representative of Kyoto.