Updated Visitation Guidelines

Please visit the announcement page for details on visitor guidelines, opening hours, exhibit/facility closures, and how to prepare for your visit.

2 September 2020 Update: Ajippa, our interactive exhibition gallery on the first floor, has reopened to the public. Please visit this page for more details.

From 6 April 2021 onward, visitors will be able to take photos of the exhibits (with exceptions) in our permanent Cultural Exchange Exhibition Hall. Please visit this page for more details.

Opening Hours

9:30–17:00

Fridays & Saturdays: Until 20:00

Closed: Every Monday
(If Monday is a public holiday, it will be open and the Museum will be closed the next day.)

Museum Photo Guide

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Special Exhibition

The Reproduction of Shosoin Treasures
Encountering Tenpyo Craftsmanship through the Recreation of 8th Century Works

20 April 2021 (Tue) – 13 June 2021 (Sun)


Organized in honor of the Emperor’s enthronement in 2020, this traveling exhibition gathers around ninety reproductions of the treasures in the Shosoin Imperial Repository. These pieces were created through careful analysis of the materials and techniques used to produce the originals, many of which date from the Nara period. Be sure not to miss this dazzling showcase of some of the finest works in the history of Japanese craftsmanship.

Special Arrangements for COVID-19
  • We will be implementing entry limits on weekends and public holidays to prevent overcrowding in the exhibition hall. As such, visitors planning to visit on those days should purchase tickets and book an admission date and time slot online prior to their visit. Online tickets for weekends/holidays are available here, while online tickets for weekdays are available here (please click the globe icon at the top right corner for English interface). Visitors attending the exhibition on weekdays do not need to pre-book their admission slots, and can just present their online tickets for entry.
  • Due to logistical reasons, visitors to this Special Exhibition will be required to view the Special Exhibition (third floor) before the Cultural Exchange Exhibition (fourth floor permanent exhibition). Visitors will be presented an admission card to the Cultural Exchange Exhibition upon entry to the Special Exhibition. Admission cards to the Cultural Exchange Exhibition are valid throughout the Special Exhibition period (until 13 June 2021). Visitors coming on weekends and holidays who wish to also view the Cultural Exchange Exhibition on the same day should book earlier time slots on ARTNE so that they have ample time to view both exhibitions before closing time. Visitors coming on weekdays should also plan their visiting time accordingly.

Welcome to Kyuhaku at Home!


Kyuhaku, short for Kyushu National Museum, is home to the Womens' Archaeology Club, and Ajippa, an interactive exhibition gallery.
Kyuhaku at Home is a video series by these groups that aims to bring fun activities from the museum to your home!
We'd love to see your creations! Upload pictures of your work on Twitter with the #ouchi989 hashtag so that we can enjoy your masterpieces!

Kyuhaku at Work!


Loosely inspired by the popular Japanese TV programme Jounetsu Tairiku, this video series casts a spotlight onto some of the people working behind the scenes in Kyushu National Museum (Kyuhaku), bringing you an insider view into their work, as well as their aspirations for the museum.

KYUHAKU Related Sites


Opening Hours

9:30–17:00

Fridays & Saturdays: Until 20:00

Closed: Every Monday
(If Monday is a public holiday, it will be open and the Museum will be closed the next day.)

Restaurant and cafe

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Getting to the Museum

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Museum Photo Guide

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