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Tokyo National Museum

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The Tokyo National Museum (東京国立博物館, Tōkyō Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan) or TNM is an art museum in Ueno Park in the Taitō ward of Tokyo, Japan. It is one of the four museums[lower-alpha 1] operated by the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage (ja:国立文化財機構), is considered the oldest national museum in Japan, is the largest art museum in Japan, and is one of the largest art museums in the world. The museum collects, preserves, and displays a comprehensive collection of artwork and cultural objects from Asia, with a focus on ancient and medieval Japanese art and Asian art along the Silk Road. There is also a large collection of Greco-Buddhist art. The museum holds over 110,000 Cultural Properties, including 89 National Treasures of Japan, 319 Horyuji Treasures, and 644 Important Cultural Properties.[lower-alpha 2] As of 2022, there were 902 arts and crafts designated national treasures by the Japanese government, meaning the Tokyo National Museum has about 10% of the art and crafts designated national treasures of Japan.[2] In addition, the museum houses over 3000 Cultural Properties deposited by individuals and organizations, including 55 national treasures and 253 important cultural properties (as of March 2019).[3] The museum also conducts research and organizes educational events related to its collection.

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Tokyo National Museum
Honkan building, Tokyo National Museum
The Honkan (Main Gallery)
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Established1872 (Yushima Seido Exhibition)
1873 (permanent display)
1882 (present location)
2007 (present administration)
LocationUeno, Taitō, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates35°43′8″N 139°46′35″E
TypeArt museum
Collection size110,000
Visitors2,180,000 (2017)[1]
Public transit access

The facilities consist of the Honkan, holding the Japanese Gallery; the Heiseikan and Hyokeikan, holding special exhibitions; the Toyokan, holding the Asian Gallery; the Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, holding important relics originally preserved at Nara's Horyu Temple; the Kuroda Memorial Hall, holding a collection of works by Kuroda Seiki; and the Research and Information Center. There are restaurants and shops within the museum's premises, as well as outdoor exhibitions (including the Kuromon) and a garden where visitors can enjoy seasonal views.

The Tokyo National Museum is one of four museums operated by the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage; Kyoto National Museum, Nara National Museum, and Kyushu National Museum are museums other than Tokyo. The Tokyo National Museum is a representative museum that comprehensively exhibits Japanese cultural assets, but other national museums are more complete in specific areas, such as cultural assets from the Meiji era in the 1800s to the present. The Independent Administrative Institution National Museum of Art, operates seven museums[lower-alpha 3] specializing in specific fields, including those focusing on modern art and Japanese crafts and those focusing on Western art. Two museums[lower-alpha 4] managed by the National Institutes for the Humanities focus on folklore. The Museum of the Imperial Collections, managed by the Imperial Household Agency, focuses on cultural assets donated to the nation by Japanese imperial family.