Kyoto’s National Museum of Modern Art is a reasonably interesting museum that occasionally holds worthwhile special exhibits.
National Museum Of Modern Art, Kyoto
Located in Okazaki-koen Park, on the west side of the vast torii (shrine gate) of Hiean-jingu Shrine, the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art can’t compete with the nearby Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, but it’s always worth a look to see if the current special exhibit strikes your fancy. The permanent collection is small but interesting – we only wish it was larger. Take note of the coffee shop located on the south side of the lobby (you can enter this part of the museum for free). Overlooking a lovely canal, this is one of the nicer spots in the area for a cuppa.
Enshoji-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku
9.30am-5pm, last entry 4.30pm
Closed Monday & the following Tuesday when Monday is a national holiday, new-Year holiday
Closed until March 15, 2013 for renovation
College students: \130
Extra for special exhibition
Non-smoking area: Yes
In front of Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 5 from Kyoto Station
10min walk from Higashiyama Station, Tozai subway line
Official Website (English)
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Near To Here:
National Museum of Modern Art is located in Kyoto’s Northern Higashiyama district. See our complete list of things to do in Northern Higashiyama, including places to eat, nightlife and places to stay.
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