Kyoto is a city that has situated itself at the center of Japanese history and culture over the course of over 1,000 years.
To really enjoy this incredible city’s “autumn of the arts,” you’ll want to visit not only Kyoto’s cultural treasures, like its temples and shrines colored red with maple leaves, but also its wonderful art and history museums. There are over 200 museums throughout the city. With a wide variety of themes, from culture, art, science, history, and more, it’s the perfect chance to stop by a museum, and experience the culture of Japan through Kyoto.
Special Exhibitions at Each of Kyoto’s Art & History Museums
This fall, Kyoto will be overflowing with exciting art exhibitions. With exhibitions of artworks that include designated National Treasures, and those with fascinating themes, you’ll have many opportunities to come into contact with Kyoto’s rich artistic traditions.
The Kyoto National Museum
ICOM Kyoto Special Exhibition: Masterworks of the Kyoto National Museum: Temple and Shrine Treasures
This exhibition features a selection of extraordinarily beautiful masterpieces.
Exhibition Period: August 14 (Wed) – September 16 (Mon, national holiday)
Price: General 520 yen
Hours: 9:30 – 17:00 (Open until 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays, except on September 7)
Closed: Mondays (Open on September 2, 16)
Access: Walk 7 minutes from Keihan Shichijo Station, or take City Bus to "Hakubutsukan / Sanju Sangendo-mae" bus stop
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MoMAK)
Dress Code: Are You Playing Fashion?
Examining a dress code for modern society.
Exhibition Period: August 9 (Fri) – October 14 (Mon, national holiday)
Price: General 1,300 yen
Hours: 9:30 – 17:00 (Open until 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Closed: Mondays *But open on August 12, September 13, 23, and October 14, and closed the following Tuesdays
Access: Subway Tozai Line Higashiyama Station, or City Bus 5 or 100 to “Okazaki Koen/Bijutsukan, Heian Jingu-mae” bus stop
The Museum of Kyoto
This is Japan In Kyoto – From The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum Collection
An incredible collection of works by some of Japan’s master painters, including Hokusai Katsushika, Utagawa Hiroshige, Ito Jakuchu, and Maruyama Okyo, all gathered in one place!
Exhibition Period: August 25 (Sun) – September 29 (Sun)
Price: 1,200 yen
Opening at the same time!
In Commemoration of ICOM in Kyoto: History of Kyoto
Exhibition Period: August 29 (Thu) – September 29 (Sun)
Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (Open until 19:30 on Friday) *Entry will finish 30 minutes before closing time)
Closed: Mondays (Open on national holidays, closed the following day) The museum will be open on September 2
Access: Subway Karasuma or Tozai Line to Karasuma Oike Station
Kyoto City Museum of Art Annex
The main building of the Kyoto City Museum of Art will be re-opened on March 21 of next year. The museum is currently offering a variety of exhibitions at its annex.
Price: Depends on exhibition
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Entry will finish 30 minutes before closing time)
Closed: Mondays (Open when national holidays fall on Mondays)
Access: Subway Tozai Line to Higashiyama Station, or City Bus 5 or 100 to “Okazaki Koen/Bijutsukan, Heian Jingu-mae” bus stop
*ICOM (The International Council of Museums) is an international NGO formed in 1946, and its membership includes museum professionals from 141 countries. In August, 2019, this international meeting will come to Japan for the first time, right here in Kyoto.
*Event times and dates are subject to change.
For more information about Kyoto’s museums, please see here.