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The Museum of Kyoto

623-1 Higashikatamachi, Nakagyo-ku, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8183, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-222-0888
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Confusing Ticket Office, Weird Exhibit

We bought tickets and nowhere was it explained that these tickets were only for the fashion design... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2018
mrsdagle
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Seattle, Washington
Small museum visit, great choices

This is not a large museum. Entry is only ¥500 because there are only 1-3 floors of exhibits... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2018
MissHodor
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Kyoto is richly blessed with nature and having been the capital of Japan for more than one thousand years it has been developing an outstanding culture and has played a major role in the formation of Japanese culture. The Museum of Kyoto was opened in 1988 as a comprehensive cultural facility that introduces the history and culture of Kyoto in an easily understandable way. And in 2011 the museum was renovated for visitors to experience "the real thing" and it started out on a new journey. In addition to the wide variety of special exhibitions on the 4th floor, there are various projects that introduce excellent items connected to Kyoto in the exhibition galleries on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Also, there are regularly scheduled shows of classic films held by Kyoto Prefecture in the pleasant and comfortable of the film theater on the 3rd floor. In addition, the annex (the former Bank of Japan Kyoto Branch), which was designated as the Important Cultural Property as a leading example of a modern Western-style building, is widely known as the symbol of the Museum of Kyoto.
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623-1 Higashikatamachi, Nakagyo-ku, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8183, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 16 May 2018

We bought tickets and nowhere was it explained that these tickets were only for the fashion design exhibit, she clearly said it was for this museum. We went into a room and it was basically an extended ad for DesIgual, really loud music and silly...More

1  Thank mrsdagle
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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

This is not a large museum. Entry is only ¥500 because there are only 1-3 floors of exhibits depending on what you want to pay to see. That said, the historical section with audio guides in English was well chosen and lasted about twenty minutes....More

1  Thank MissHodor
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

I did not pay to see the exhibitions on the upper floors. This limited me to the ground floor, which was essentially shops in Edo era facades. Quite nice, but nothing very special

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Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

A nice little museum with pleasant staff, but very little on display - especially since most floors are now closed. There was just one floor of exhibits and another floor for a theatre, and only the titles of the exhibits were translated into English, none...More

1  Thank Jonathan C
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

A special art exhibition drew us to the Museum. It was worth the visit. The exhibition was excellent with an interesting grouping of works on a topic - this gave you the opportunity to consider the change in style. Apart from the special exhibition located...More

1  Thank Jackie J
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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

It's nice if you want to see how's the life in kyoto before and how they preserved their culture and stability. If you are looking for more in depth history, i'm not sure if this is for you.

1  Thank JettA570
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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Quite large museum in the city center offers national but also international artworks to be seen by visitors. Disappointing was that there was very little information in english about national part. Exhibition by Magnum photographers was great and had well written english documentation.

1  Thank Pekka M
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Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

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 fee is quite steep...More

4  Thank Kayla R
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Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

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 has audio guides in languages other than english....More

3  Thank Frank B
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

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

2  Thank Shujing L
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京都文化博物館, Public Relations Officer at The Museum of Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2017

Thank you for your comment. I apologize that we should have explained to you more clearly about video guide available only in Japanese. Your comments regarding video guide for the special exhibition will be used for coaching and training our attendants. Please accept our sincere...More

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goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center
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