Open daily 9:00a.m.- 5:00p.m. (last admission: 4:30p.m.)
Closed on Wednesdays (following day after national holidays), 28 Dec.- 4 Jan.

Kyoto Municipal Museum of School History
437 Tachibana-cho, Gokomachi-dori Bukkoji-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 6008044
Tel : +81-75-344-1305
Fax: +81-75-344-1327


Adults: ¥200
Primary/Middle/High-school students: ¥100
Infants: Free

*Special group rates (applicable to 20 or more paying visitors)
  Adults: ¥160
  Primary/Middle/High-school students: ¥80

About us

Allow us to begin by telling you our dear visitors the truth that Kyoto was the very pioneer of modern education in Japan.

In the twilight years of shogunate rule, Kyoto was exposed to the tribulations of warfare. Besides, the capital was practically transferred from Kyoto to Tokyo under the name of the Meiji Restoration; no wonder the city had been in crisis of decline.

However, under such grim circumstances, our predecessors never resigned themselves. Those great forerunners raised education to the top of an agenda to return vigor to the old capital. Then how did they accumulate a fund: almost every family in the city made a donation for schools in accordance with their faith (called “kamadokin”). At long last, 64 “bangumi” (school district) primary schools were founded here in Kyoto in 1869. It was three years before the government issued an educational system in Japan such an epoch-making event was occurred in this ancient city.

We, Kyoto Municipal Museum of School History, save approx. 11,500 historical records such as textbooks and educational materials left to the city schools, as well as approx. 500 fine arts and crafts donated by graduates of those schools. In addition to our permanent exhibits, various temporary exhibitions are held several times a year as well. Please come and enjoy our brilliant collection here. We sincerely hope to show you a very good time.

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