The Joy of Museums

Finding Meaning in Art & History

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

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

Essential Facts:

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


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