Message from the Executive Director

Aiming To Be A Museum That Is One With The Local Citizenry

Kyushu National Museum belongs to the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage and aims to be one with the local citizenry. Opened on 16th October 2005 in Dazaifu, Fukuoka, this is the fourth national museum after Tokyo, Nara, and Kyoto.

Described as the “Distant Imperial Court” in Japanese history, Dazaifu had not only presided over the Kyushu region, but also served as a hub for international exchange. In this historically rich location, this museum was successfully opened thanks to the promotional activities and great support from the locals and other regions. Since its opening, over 15 million people have visited Kyushu National Museum. Even now, the expansion of our endeavours is made possible by the deep interest and warm support this museum receives from many parties. With the aim of growing with the region, this museum hopes to contribute to the development of the local cultural landscape by disseminating information to the world.

The original mission of a museum is to preserve and utilize artefacts, and its purpose is founded on the exhibition of cultural properties and materials. At the Kyushu National Museum we hold exhibitions on both the Cultural Exchange Exhibition and Special Exhibition floors. The Cultural Exchange Exhibition on the 4th floor houses our permanent exhibits. While there are usually 800-900 artefacts on display, 30-50 artefacts are changed each month, either for conservation purposes or to match the seasons. In such cases, visitors may enjoy “special exhibitions” with special themes. On the 3rd floor gallery, Special Exhibitions are held four times every year on principle. Aside from that, our museum makes full use of the grounds for various purposes, such as educational exhibitions, with the help of volunteers.

Another key role related to the preservation of cultural assets is our work in highlighting the importance of museum science to the public. We have set up a place where visitors can witness for themselves the reparation and preservation process of cultural artefacts, a sight rarely seen in daily life, so they can come to understand what goes into the preservation of cultural assets.

Going forth, we endeavour to provide a cultural hub attuned to the times and raise the quality of our museum through the collection of cultural assets, attractive exhibitions, constant research, as well as international exchange, so as to meet the expectations of even more people. In addition, keeping in mind the meaning behind our location in Kyushu, with our museum’s concept of “understanding the formation of Japanese culture from the Asian historical perspective,” and the goal of being “more fun than the classroom, easier to understand than a textbook,” we will continue walk the path towards building a Kyushu National Museum that is familiar and fun. We hope you will continue to support us.

Hiroyuki Shimatani

Hiroyuki Shimatani
[Executive Director of Kyushu National Museum]