Current Exhibitions

Special Exhibitions

The Special Exhibitions are treasure troves of inspiration filled with beauty and knowledge from all over the world. They are held several times a year under a wide range of themes, displaying excellent works carefully selected from collections in Japan and overseas. The Museum aims to make every exhibition interesting for new and seasoned visitors alike.

Cultural Exchange Exhibition
Feature Exhibitions

Highly original temporary exhibitions add dynamism to the Cultural Exchange Exhibition Hall.

Cultural Exchange Exhibition Hall—Feature Exhibition

Celebrating 15 Years of Kyushu National Museum and Commemorating 100 Years of the Dazaifu Historical Site Designation
Worship in Tsukushi

2 June 2020 (Tue) – 30 August 2020 (Sun)

The ancient city of Dazaifu functioned not only as a regional government center within Kyushu, but also as Japan’s window of trade with continental Asia. Historical accounts testify to how it flourished as a center of culture, yet beneath all that lay a society gripped by unrest stemming from political dispute and illness. Such anxiety caused the people to turn to worship of gods or Buddhism, as they offered prayers to local deities and Buddhist figures alike in hopes of a peaceful life. This exhibition features artifacts that reflect the diversity in forms of worship in Dazaifu.

Cultural Exchange Exhibition Hall—Feature Exhibition

Celebrating 15 Years of Kyushu National Museum
Yamato: The Cradle of Japanese Civilization

28 July 2020 (Tue) – 20 December 2020 (Sun)

The prefecture we now know as Nara, famous for its deer and its giant Buddha statue, was once known as Yamato. It is also a site where many historically significant artifacts have been unearthed. These artifacts bear witness to how elements of foreign cultures came to Japan and helped pave the way for Yamato’s development into the capital of a nation. Come and see treasures excavated from the ancient capital of Japan, and discover the roots of Japanese culture.

Past Special Exhibitions

Past Feature Exhibitions and Special Displays (2019 onward)