Upcoming Special Exhibitions
Details of the upcoming Special Exhibitions are introduced here. Please check the website for more information before your visit as there may be changes to the exhibitions listed below.
Masterworks from the Okura Collection: An Exhibition Marking the 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Restoration2 Oct (Tue) – 9 Dec (Sun), 2018
OKURA Kihachiro, an important industrialist who made important contributions to the modernization of Japan, was also an avid collector of Japanese and Far Eastern art and had established the first private museum, the Okura Museum of Art (Okura Shukokan). His eldest son, OKURA Kishichiro, founder of the Hotel Okura, had promoted art by Japanese artists, such as the painter YOKOYAMA Taikan, outside of Japan. Exquisite National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties from this father-son pair’s collection are proudly showcased in this exhibition.
The Universe of Shingon Buddhism: Treasures from Daigoji Temple, Kyoto29 Jan (Tue) – 24 Mar (Sun), 2019
Famous for the Shingo tradition of Esoteric Buddhism, the Daigoji Temple in Kyoto has a long history of over a thousand years. This exhibition will showcase a valuable selection of Esoteric Buddhist art, such as the National Treasure, a statue of Yakushi Nyorai (Bhaisajyaguru) and attendant deities, as well as beautiful artwork associated with the cherry blossom viewing hosted Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
*Please note that information for this exhibition may change without advance notice.
Upcoming Cultural Exchange Exhibitions
Do you think that the Cultural Exchange Exhibition is just a collection of permanent exhibits? In the Kyushu National Museum, these exhibits are changed periodically to keep each visit interesting. The Special Exhibition ticket stub can be used to enter the Cultural Exchange Exhibition hall on the 4th floor for free.
Important Cultural Property 1913 Mizuki Fortress Moat Painting Department of Japanese History, the University of Tokyo
Dazaifu: The Western Capital of Ancient Japan – Exchange Hub with East Asia12 Sep (Wed) – 23 Dec (Sun), 2018
This exhibition showcases the history of research on Dazaifu which has been underway since the Edo period. How did people interact with Dazaifu? What kind of research results did they leave behind? Answers can be found from the research records and excavations conducted at these special historical landmarks that were given the title of a National Historic Site.
Map of the Whole Kyushu Island Matsura Historical Museum
Matsura Family Legacy: The Ino Map30 Oct (Tue) – 23 Dec (Sun), 2018
The year 2018 marks the 200th year after the death of INO Tadataka (1745-1818). In celebration of Tadataka’s achievements, the Museum is proud to present the Ino Map, a valuable artifact inherited by the Matsura family of Hirado domain. The exchanges between Tadataka and the Hirado domain will also be introduced using the archival materials belonging to the former Hirado domain. Do look out for the high level of precision of the Ino Map.
Magatama comma-shaped beads (Left) Jasper; Matsue City Board of Education, Shimane (Right) Agate; Shimane Prefecture Buried Archaeology Center
Tama: Colorful Crown Jewels of Ancient Japan1 Jan (Tue) – 24 Feb (Sun), 2019
These treasured jewels were transported through the Silk Road and the Mediterranean Sea during the Kofun period. They were made into accessories, like necklaces and bracelets, by people who were mesmerized by its brilliance. Do check out the unfading radiance of these jewels that come in diverse colors.
*This Feature Exhibition can be viewed in the Cultural Exhibition hall. During ongoing Special Exhibitions, the Cultural Exhibition can be viewed for free with the Special Exhibition ticket stub. *Please note that information for this exhibition may change without advance notice. Do check the information again before your visit.