Miho Museum

Miho Museum

The Miho Museum's combination of historical artefacts and innovative modern architecture make it a lovely day trip option for those visiting Kyoto.

The Miho Museum was founded in 1997 by Mihoko Koyama: Toyobo textile company heiress, founder of the Shinji Shumeikai spiritual movement, and one of Japan's richest women. It is after Koyama that the museum is named, and most of its exhibits belong to her own private collection.

Located some way outside of Kyoto in the hills of Shiga Prefecture, the Miho Museum is as famous for its unusual architecture as for its impressive collection of historical artefacts. The building was designed by I.M. Pei, the world-renowned Chinese-American architect responsible for the glass-and-steel pyramid at the Louvre, and is widely accepted to be one of his best designs. In his design, Pei made every effort to integrate the building into its natural environment, juxtaposing steel and glass with wood, stone and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

In terms of exhibits, the museum has two distinct wings. In the south wing are ancient treasures from Egypt, Western Asia, Greece, Rome, China and the Islamic world; in the north wing are Japanese painting and artefacts. The main exhibit changes roughly once a year, while special exhibits change every few months.

Please note: the museum is closed from mid-December until mid-March.

Miho Museum

located in Kyoto

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