Japan Museums: Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art 京都市美術館
Directly across the street from the Museum of Modern Art is a wonderful old pile: The Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. It was founded in 1933, and still gets many of the must-see exhibitions that come down from Tokyo. A new annex was opened in 2000, which increased gallery space.
The permanent collection consists of about 2100 items that include Japanese paintings, Western paintings, sculpture, handicrafts, calligraphy, and prints.
Once a year or so a blockbuster show comes to town. French impressionism is very popular, and the building will be packed.
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
Open: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (admission until 4:30 p.m.). Closed Mondays.
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art Access
From JR/Kintetsu Kyoto Station (Kyoto-eki-mae boarding area A1); Kyoto City Bus No. 5 (toward Iwakura Soshajo). Get off at Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae. From Hankyu Karasuma Station/Kawaramachi Station or Keihan Sanjo Station Kyoto City Bus No. 5 (toward Iwakura Soshajo). Get off at Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae. Or a five-minute walk from the Higashiyama Station on the Tozai subway line.
Located in the Okazaki museum quarter of Kyoto other places to see near the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art include the Heian Shrine, the Hosomi Museum, the Kanze Kaikan Noh Theater, Kyoto Zoo, the Kampo Museum, the Namikawa Cloisonne Museum of Kyoto and the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts.
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