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The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto

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History Museum Museum
Learn about the history of the city at the modestly sized The Museum of Kyoto, featuring various illuminating artifacts and exhibitions. Observe artworks and crafts that reveal Kyoto's culture and that of the greater Japanese society. In the gift shop, you'll find many souvenir options in the form of traditional wares and crafts. Check the listings to find out what special exhibits will be on show during your visit. While the museum offers little in the way of English information boards, you can take a pamphlet and audio guide to help decipher the displays. Work out when and for how long to visit The Museum of Kyoto and other Kyoto attractions using our handy Kyoto itinerary planner.
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  • I believe that those giving the museum a bad review because of the lack of English are not being fair. The museum is in Japan, after all. Coming from NY, it was not the best museum I ever went to. The...  more »
  • In short; it's a complete waste of time and money (especially as it's overpriced (1400 yen in total)). The permanent Kyoto exibit is poor, as it is very short and not well organised, but at least it h...  more »
  • No warning of no english video guide avaible before you buy the ticket for the warring state exhibition. Very little information for the regular exhibition too. Not worth going!  more »
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  • Great history. Limited English text on displays however there are guides / guidesheets. There was a cat exhibition on when I went which was fun to decode!
  • Would have liked to have spent more time in the museum but since we had already seen the featured exhibit we only explored the 1st floor area. Mostly occupied by arts and crafts shops on this floor so admission is free. There was an architect's scaled down 3D model of the entire museum's buildings (old and new) as represented by the uploaded photos taken December 2016
  • The museum, once found, was an educational treat. I learned a lot about the history of the people and the influence of the Chinese culture on that of the Japanese. There are also English speaking guides there to educate you, free of charge. A lovely add on.
  • They have a couple of cool items in their collection, but it's not the most interesting museum... I don't think I'd recommend it, unless you're mad about samurais.
  • Well curated under 40 young artists display, the works of art & where they were placed shows the cleverness of the curator. Staff & volunteers are great.