The Joy of Museums

Finding Beauty & Meaning in Museums

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum, Honkan 2010

The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest Japanese national museum and the largest art museum in Japan. The museum has a comprehensive collection of art works and archaeological objects of Asia and especially Japan. The museum holds over 110,000 objects. There is also a large collection of Greco-Buddhist art.

Among the many historical, cultural and specimen objects in the Tokyo National Museum the following are highlights:

  • Noh Mask, Edo period, 18th century
  • Gandhara Buddha
  • Drinking scene sculpture, Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara. 3rd century CE
  • Haniwa horse statuette

To help you better appreciate the Tokyo National Museum the following guides will be helpful:

Essential Facts:

  • Name:               Tokyo National Museum
  • City:                   Tokyo
  • Country:            Japan
  • Inaugurated:   1872
  • Type:                 Art museum
  • Location:          Taito, Tokyo, Japan


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