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Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History

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The Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History (神奈川県立歴史博物館 Kanagawa Kenritsu Rekishi Hakubutsukan), also known as Yokohama Museum of Cultural History, is located in Basha-michi Dori in Naka Ward of Yokohama City. The historic building is the former headquarter of Yokohama Specie Bank (横浜正金銀行 Yokohama Shōkin Ginkō) founded in 1880. The building was constructed between 1899 and 1904 and survived the Great Tokyo Earthquake in 1923 thanks to its solid construction (only the dome of the building burned down). In 1947, the building became the Kanagawa branch of the Bank of Tokyo. It was acquired by Kanagawa Prefecture in 1964 and reopened three years later as the Kanagawa Prefectural Museum after a thorough restoration and expansion. In 1969, it was designated an Important Cultural Property and in 1995 a National Historic Site.

The historical exhibitions consist of six sections that span from prehistoric times to late Meiji-era...

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