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Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum - TNM is an art museum in Ueno Park in the Taitō ward of Tokyo, Japan. It is considered the oldest national museum in Japan, is the largest art museum in Japan, and is one of the largest art museums in the world. The Tokyo National Museum collects, houses, and displays a comprehensive collection of art works and antiquities from Japan as well as other Asian countries. The museum also conducts research and investigations concerning its collection of books, rubbings, and photographs, related to fine art, and makes these items available to scholars. The first exhibition was held by the Museum Department of the Ministry of Education at the Taiseiden Hall in 1872, in this year the Tokyo National Museum came into being. Soon after the opening, the Museum moved to Uchiyamashita-cho, then in 1882 moved again to the Ueno Park, the current location. The facilities consist of the Honkan, holding the Japanese Gallery; the Heiseikan and Hyokeikan, holding special exhibitions; the Toyokan, holding the Asian Gallery; the Gallery of Horyoji Treasures, holding important relics originally preserved at Nara's Horyu Temple; the Kuroda Memorial Hall, holding a collection of works by Kuroda Seiki; and the Research and Information Center. There are restaurants and shops within the museum's premises, as well as outdoor exhibitions (including the Kuromon) and a garden where visitors can enjoy seasonal views. | Photos by Martin Grossmann, September 2019 | URL: https://www.tnm.jp/