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Kyoto City Archaeological Museum

Discover Kyoto’s rich past, from ancient times to the age of samurai.

Photo of Kyoto City Archaeological Museum, Japan (Kyoto City Archaeological Museum (Kyotoshi Kouko Shiryokan) , Kyoto, Japan 京都市考古資料館(旧西陣織物館) by PlusMinus)

The Kyoto City Archaeological Museum provides a fascinating insight into Kyoto’s history, from the beginnings of human settlement in the region to the Edo period. This two-storey museum, founded in 1981, houses exhibits that include replicas of golden tea utensils from the 16th-century Golden Tea Room, pottery, tools, and sculptures, offering a comprehensive resource for understanding the evolution of Japanese culture and Kyoto’s historical role.

About Kyoto City Archaeological Museum

Located in Kyoto’s cultural district, the Kyoto City Archaeological Museum has a particular focus on the city’s rich historical and archaeological heritage. The museum’s collection covers a broad span of time, providing a glimpse into the Jomon Period (around 14000 BC) to the Edo period (1603-1868), highlighting Kyoto’s cultural and historical significance and its impact on Japan’s cultural development.

One of the museum’s highlights includes replicas of the golden tea utensils, which reflect the luxury of the Golden Tea Room and the aesthetic values of the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1603). These exhibits offer insights into the era when tea culture and the arts were notably advanced, influenced by tea masters like Sen no Rikyu.

The carefully curated artefacts in the museum shed light on the daily lives of Kyoto’s past residents. Each piece, be it a humble shard of pottery or a detailed sculpture, is presented to emphasize its historical role. The museum serves not only as an educational space for the public but is also a critical resource for researchers specializing in Kyoto’s archaeology and history.

The exhibits at the Kyoto City Archaeological Museum tell the story of Kyoto’s journey from an early settlement to a significant cultural and political center. Visitors leave with a greater understanding of Kyoto’s contribution to Japan’s historical narrative. While the museum’s official website provides additional information, the true essence of Kyoto’s history is best experienced through its artifacts and the stories they represent.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Kyoto City Archaeological Museum

K 06

 Karasuma Line

 10-20 minute walk (1.6km)

Around Kyoto City Archaeological Museum

Kyoto City Archaeological Museum

History Museum in Kyoto

open 9am - 4:30pm
closed Monday, unless a holiday (and other days)


京都市考古資料館, 京都

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