Kyoto National Museum

Kyoto National Museum collects, preserve, manages and exhibits cultural properties, while also conducting research and educational activities. It focuses on cultural properties from the Heian period to the Edo period, at time when Kyoto was the capital of Japan.

A Message from the Executive Director

Kyoto National Museum strives to transmit traditional Japanese culture to the wider world, with a focus on cultural properties from Kyoto, the ‘thousand-year capital.’ We hope to attract many visitors as a place of education and learning, a space for relaxation, and a hub for cultural tourism. In doing so, we aim to become a ‘beloved museum rooted in the local area.’
Our museum collects, conserves and restores cultural properties. We also hold exhibitions, educational programs and other activities to convey the importance of these cultural properties. We solicit donations from individuals and groups to help us undertake the research and develop the personnel to achieve these goals. Our ancestors handed down our cultural properties safely to the present day. We sincerely hope you will support our efforts to honor this legacy by ensuring these properties are passed down through the next 1,000 years.

Matsumoto Nobuyuki, Executive Director
Kyoto National Museum