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Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

City Center
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Address: 124 Okazakienshojicho, Sakyo-ku | Okazaki Park, Kyoto 606-8344, Kyoto Prefecture
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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A great free museum to wander around on a rainy day. Some beautiful paintings, drawings and calligraphy.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great free museum to wander around on a rainy day. Some beautiful paintings, drawings and calligraphy.

Thank Matt_Fishwick3
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301 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

We have been to this somewhat run-down museum several times. You never know what might be there. The museum often has special exhibits, for which one must pay an entry fee. But for other exhibits, which appear to be more local or community based, there is no fee. We've seen robots, kimonos, and works of great Japanese art. Always worth... More 

Thank paokano
Fishers, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

We recently made a visit to the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art for the Ito Jakuchu exhibit. I used to frequent this museum often during my childhood growing up in Kyoto. However this was my first time in over 30 years. This museum, which opened in 1928, is one of the oldest art museums in Japan. The facade of the... More 

Thank N_and_R
Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

We had time to kill and I wanted to see the Mary Cassatt exhibit, so we took the bus from the JR train station. This was an easy and economical way to go. The main exhibit was extensive as was another exhibit of an early20 th century Japanese artist, whose work was very good. After seeing these 2 exhibits there... More 

Thank 24lorraineS
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

We planned to go to the Modern Art Museum across the street but due to a national holiday it was closed. We paid 1200 yen each (three of us) to walk the perimeter of the first floor gallery that had only Japanese scrolls. Nice scrolls but certainly not worth the price. Then, we tried to go to another section and... More 

Thank oregonfrost
Perth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

My husband was reluctant to go in at first, but he quickly changed his mind. There were several exhibitions taking place, but we only visited the free/permanent display, which was an eye opener. It presents a very diverse selection of modern Japanese artists, and not at all the traditional scrolls which we expected to see. I am very pleased to... More 

Thank moushmoula
Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

This museum is advertised as being free except for temporary exhibitions. The problem was that everything was temporary exhibitions. We ended up paying 500yen for an exhibition of Japanese Paintings (there was a Salvador Dali exhibition at the time, for 3 times that price). The exhibition was pretty good, giving a good overview of great modern Japanese art from early... More 

Thank lfgbaia
Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Entry to this museum is ¥500 which is not bad but there is no information in English regarding the origins of the paintings of the artists. It is small as well so don't expect to spend too much time here, I spent under half an hour here which was enough. My advice would be to spend a bit more and... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

No English info about was a bit confusing and obviously changed since previous reviews. Seemed to be four separate paid exhibits - we pad 500yen for a small mixed Japanese exhibit which was good. There was also a Salvador Dali which was 1500yen. No care here but a good one across the road at modern art gallery.

Thank Elizabeth W
Dallas, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2016

The museum had a Monet exhibit and a Renoir exhibit. Both showed a great selection of Art. However almost all the text was in Japanese only, so I missed out on reading context and what the curator was trying to convey. There was also an exhibit of local work, Photography, which was quite nice. Outside the museum the canal on... More 

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