Message from the Executive Director


Aiming To Be A Museum That Is One With The Local Citizenry

The Kyushu National Museum opened on October 16, 2005 amidst great support and expectations. To date, the museum has welcomed more than 15 million visitors.

There were initially only three national museums within the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage (NICH). These are located in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nara. Kyushu National Museum was established as the fourth national museum and is located in Dazaifu, Kyushu. This region was known as the “Distant Imperial Court” and was one of the grand stages for Japanese history. Growing up in this rich historical setting, the Museum aspires to become an institution that can contribute to a new cultural landscape. This is why the Museum resolves to progress hand in hand with the community and society. We will continue to strive towards a friendly, fun, and engaging museum for the community.

Hiroyuki Shimatani
Hiroyuki Shimatani
[Executive Director of Kyushu National Museum]