Exhibition Schedule 2021–2022

Special Exhibition Hall

These are the Special Exhibitions planned for 2021–2022. Please note that some details, including exhibition titles, have yet to be finalized and are subject to change. Finalized details will be released closer to the date of the exhibition.

国宝 日月山水図屏風(右隻) 大阪・金剛寺

Pair of folding screens depicting landscapes under the sun and moon; right side (National Treasure)
Kongōji Temple, Osaka

Special Exhibition

In the Embrace of the Mountains and Seas
Nature in the Japanese Imagination

9 October 2021 (Sat) – 5 December 2021 (Sun)

The peoples of Japan have lived surrounded by the mountains and the seas since ancient times, blessed by nature’s riches through the ages. This exhibition explores the many ways Japanese people have interacted with, perceived, and represented nature since the legendary Age of the Gods, and, in doing so, offers new perspectives into the origins of Japanese culture.

重要文化財 伝教大師坐像 

Seated Saichō
Kannonji Temple, Shiga

Special Exhibition

Commemorating the 1200th Anniversary of Saichō’s Death
Buddhist Art of the Tendai School

8 February 2022 (Tue) – 21 March 2022 (Mon)

Saichō was the founder of the Tendai school of Buddhism in Japan. As a priest, he had traveled all over Japan to propagate the Lotus Sutra, which preaches that all beings possess the buddha nature, and thus all have the potential to attain Buddhahood. On the occasion of Saicho’s 1200th death anniversary in 2021, retrace the steps he took on his journey in search of enlightenment, as well as the spread of the Tendai school, as you peruse some of the National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties passed down in shrines and temples with connections to the Tendai school.

Please note that the exhibition schedule is subject to change without prior notice. We advise visitors to confirm details of each exhibition on the website before visiting the museum.

Cultural Exchange Exhibition Hall

Kyushu National Museum’s Cultural Exchange Exhibition Hall is a permanent exhibition hall with a fresh twist. It plays host to Feature Exhibitions, which are smaller-scale exhibitions that bring visitors on an in-depth exploration of more specific aspects of history and culture. Alongside regular exhibit changes and special themed displays, the Cultural Exchange Exhibition tells a different story with each visit. Here are the Feature Exhibitions and other themed displays planned for 2021–2022.

黄色地鳳凰蝙蝠宝尽青海波立波文様 紅型袷衣裳

Silk bingata robe depicting phoenixes, bats, and waves on yellow ground (reproduction)
Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum

Cultural Exchange Exhibition Hall—Feature Exhibition

Recreating Ryukyuan Handicraft Culture

19 October 2021 (Tue) – 12 December 2021 (Sun)

Modernization and warfare have led to the disappearance of many valuable cultural relics from the Ryukyu Kingdom (present-day Okinawa Prefecture), as well as the knowledge and skills to make them. Since 2015, the Okinawa Prefectural Museum has undertaken the herculean task of using modern scholarly approaches and state-of-the-art technology to document, analyze, and revive cultural heritages once lost to us. This exhibition will present their findings and re-creations in a variety of fields, from fine arts to decorative arts, and even musical instruments. Delve deeper into the unique tale of cultural exchange as told by these objects, which hark from a region both culturally distinct from, yet historically intertwined with the rest of Japan.


Containers for toiletries
18th century
Agency for Cultural Affairs

Cultural Exchange Exhibition Hall—New Year Special Display

Hatsune Maki-e Lacquer Trousseau
National Treasure from the Tokugawa Art Museum

1 January 2022 (Sat) – 30 January 2022 (Sun)

Kyushu National Museum’s annual display of the Hatsune maki-e lacquer trousseau returns on 1 January 2022. Come celebrate the New Year with us and feast your eyes on some of the most gorgeous wedding furnishings ever created in Japanese history.

Feature Exhibitions and other themed displays all take place in the permanent Cultural Exchange Exhibition Hall. All Special Exhibition tickets also include entry into the Cultural Exchange Exhibition.

Please note that exhibition titles and details are subject to change without prior notice. We advise visitors to confirm details of the exhibitions on the website before visiting the museum.