National Taiwan University - Kyoto University Symposium 2013

Museum Session

The Kyoto University Museum


A Glance at the Kyoto University Museum








  • 8 researchers, 4 staffs, and 10 part-timers.
  • Natural history, Human history and technological history


Pubic Programmes:

More than 60 a year



Collection specimens exceed 2.6 million.

  • botanical, zoological and geological
  • old tools of technology and engineering
  • archaeological treasures, and historical documents and maps.



Over 50,000 a year



  • General admission: 400 JPY 
  • College and Senior High School students: 300 JPY 
  • Junior High School and Elementary school Pupils: 200 JPY (Group rates are available)


Bragging right

Meeting place of researchers and citizens, including children

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Since the founding of Kyoto University in 1897, research specimens and objects have been collected over the past 100 years. Now exceeding 2.5 million, the collection objects are significant not only in quantity but in also quality. Examples include numerous national treasures, important cultural assets with treasures corresponding to them, internationally significant type specimens relating to the cultural, natural and technological fields.

The mission of the Kyoto University Museum is to; preserve and control those primary samples in one location in an establishment with appropriate facilities, promote the practical use for high-technology research and education in national and international research institutes and communities, and allow access to the public.

To carry out the Mission, there are three sections in the Museum; Section of Field Survey and Collection Management; Section of Material Examination and Technical Service; Section of Documentation and Multimedia Information Service.

These sections perform the following functions; preservation, control, uniform classification, registration, utilization of primary samples, and basic investigation on them; development and investigation of the theory and technology to get information from primary samples; making a data base for the primary samples and the construction of a network system to enable information exchanges; allowing access to the public to observe primary samples, giving support to education, investigation and research.

Pluralistic activities are developed by the Museum to take advantage of the primary samples which are significant, both in quality and quantity. The Museum complements the investigation and education needs of graduate schools, faculties, centers and institutes in conjunction Kyoto University. Further more, the Museum provides the opportunity for people to study and access the available facilities.