Together with Tokyo National Museum, Kyoto National Museum, and Nara National Museum, Kyushu National Museum is one of the recently built national museum in a hundred years.
It was established in 2005 located in Dazaifu, Fukuoka prefecture. Unlike any other national museum that mainly exhibits art, this museum could be called the historical museum. In fact, the museum carries with it "a new perspective on Japanese cultural formation in the context of Asian history."
The museum building itself is a blue construction that resembles a sport stadium more than an exhibition space - a major point why the museum is striking for visitors.
Visitors will be welcomed by the spacious entrance hall where the information booth, cafe and museum hall is located.
On the first floor, there is a room called "Ajippa" that offers games and hands-on exhibits from various Asian cultures.
The second floor is where the museum staff spend time as well as the storage area and repair area.
Special exhibitions are displayed in the third floor that changes every few months and the usual exhibitions are held on the fourth floor that is divided into 5 sections that narrates the Japanese history from the Prehistoric Era to the Edo Period.
From Dazaifu Station, you can reach the museum by a 10-15 minute walk.
The museum opens at 9:30 to 17:00
It is closed during Mondays. If Mondays falls on a national holiday, it is closed on Tuesday. It is also closed on a New Year Holidays.
Admission fee is 430 Yen but the special exhibition fee is not included.
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