Kyoto National Museum
Opened in 1897, the Imperial Museum was created to preserve Kyoto's cultural treasures, threatened by the Emperor's own desire to modernize the city. Now a National Museum, the august edifice hosts exceptional temporary exhibitions, while a more recent wing (2014), called the Heisei Chishinkan, displays pieces (12,000 in total, presented in rotation) which brilliantly sum up Japan's wide-ranging artistic history: archaeology, ceramics, sculpture, calligraphy, textiles, lacquerware etc.
Address:604 8571 Kyoto
temporary exhibitions 9.30am-6pm, Fri 9.30am-8pm - closed Mon - permanent exhibitions hall closed for refurbishment until 2014