Japan Museums: The Museum of Kyoto
The Museum of Kyoto 京都府京都文化博物館
The Museum of Kyoto is located on Sanjo Dori in downtown Kyoto. The main hall of the Museum of Kyoto is a magnificent brick structure, which was formerly the Kyoto branch of the Bank of Japan, which opened in 1906, and is now the annex of the museum. The bricks were imported from Britain!
The Museum of Kyoto opened in 1988 and covers the lengthy history of Kyoto and has regular rotating exhibits. There are three sections to the permanent collection: an art gallery with both western and Japanese paintings as well as a collection of Japanese arts and crafts including Kyoto dolls (kyoningyo); an historical section and a hall for films about Kyoto.
The first floor of the museum also contains a reconstruction of an Edo Period street complete with shops and restaurants called "Roji Tempo", as well as the museum's main shop.
In recent years, the Museum of Kyoto has put on excellent temporary exhibitions with themes both Japanese and international.
Museum of Kyoto
Tel: 075 222 0888
Open from 10:00 - 7:30. Closed Mondays.
Museum of Kyoto Access
Access: Three blocks from the intersection of Sanjo Dori and Karasuma Dori. Take the Karasuma subway north from Kyoto Station to Karasuma-Oike, Exit 5. Walk south one to Sanjo Dori. Turn left, or east, and walk two blocks. The Museum of Kyoto is on the left.