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The Nagano Prefectural Museum of History (長野県立歴史館, Nagano Kenritsu Rekishi-kan) is a public museum located in the Kino no Sato History Park in Chikuma City, Nagano Prefecture, which also houses the Hanishina Kofun Tomb Group, the Mori Shogunzuka Kofun Tomb Museum and Kino no Mura. As well as having the character of a museum, it has the role of an archive and archaeological museum. The museum displays ancient documents donated or deposited by individuals and organisations in Nagano Prefecture and administrative records produced by the Nagano Prefectural Government. Excavations associated with the construction of motorways and the Shinkansen bullet train in Nagano Prefecture were carried out by the Nagano Prefectural Archaeological Heritage Centre. After organising the archaeological materials and publishing reports, they were transferred to the Nagano Prefectural Museum of History, which is now open to the public. The collection contains 2,301 display materials, 119,736 books, 29,204 boxes of archaeological materials and 291,848 documents and historical materials (2014). Following the Second Nagano Prefecture Comprehensive Plan of 1988, the basic construction concept framework was decided in 1990; construction began in 1992, and the museum was opened on 3 November 1994. The museum consists of three sections: general information, archaeological material and documentary archives. Its first special exhibition was 'Red earthenware kuni: earthenware from the Chikuma River basin in the Yayoi period'.

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