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Article National Museum of Japanese History


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15 Mar 2002
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National Museum of Japanese History

The National Museum of Japanese History (国立歴史民俗博物館 Kokuritsu Rekishi Minzoku Hakubutsukan) is located in Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture. Also known as "Rekihaku", it was established in 1981 as a university research institute and opened to the public in 1983. The collections of the museum focus on the history, archaeology, and folk culture of Japan and hold some 200,000 artifacts.

The permanent exhibitions comprise six galleries divided into twenty-five topics. There are also several Special Exhibitions throughout the year (additional admission fee).
  • Gallery 1: currently closed for renovation (Japan's earliest history from Jomon)
  • Gallery 2: depicts the culture and the daily life from the Heian to the Azuchi-Momoyama periods (8th to 16th century CE) and covers court culture,...
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