A Message to Museum VisitorsWelcome to Kyoto National Museum. Your cooperation with the following regulations and visitors' guidelines will be greatly appreciated and should contribute to your enjoyable experience in the museum. We will appreciate your kind cooperation in improving the visitors' manners in the museum.
The Museum's Request and Its RationaleAccording to the questionnaires filled out by our visitors, we have received numerous comments concerning visitors' manners. We are determined to improve the environment so that visitors may enjoy the cultural properties preserved in the museum. However, we cannot achieve our aim of improving visitors' manners without your cooperation. We would like to ask for your support in helping us to keep a better museum environment and to respect other visitors. We thank you for your understanding and hope all our visitors may enjoy the cultural properties and exhibits. Please read and abide by the following regulations and guidelines when you visit the museum.
General Regulations and Guidelines and Their Rationale
Japanese cultural properties are very sensitive to environmental changes. Therefore, we have a priority of preserving the cultural properties by using dark lighting and maintaining a certain level of temperature and humidity. Visitors may feel unpleasant in the dark exhibit rooms, but we would like to ask for your understanding in order to protect the treasures in the best possible condition for future generations.
Even if most people understand this rule, the matter seems to be of the greatest concern for visitors. We understand that visitors express their feelings in front of the cultural properties, but please keep the volume level down as much as possible.
We have received numerous comments about this matter. However, to avoid the spilling of ink, we would like for the visitors to use pencils and to avoid other kinds of writing instruments, such as fountain pens, ballpoint pens, and water or oil based pens and markers, since it is difficult to remove ink spots. Also, their use may cause trouble to other visitors and, possibly, damage to the exposed exhibits. Please understand that we would like for our visitors to use pencils only.
Particles of food, drinks, or garbage are the cause of harmful insects and fungus that might harm the preservation of cultural properties. Also, in a crowd, food and drink in exhibit rooms may cause trouble. So, we would like to ask you not to bring any kinds of food or drink into the exhibit rooms.
Many Japanese cultural properties are flammable, so any kind of fire or smoke may permanently damage the properties.
Mobile phones have various convenient functions. When used in dark exhibit rooms, other visitors may be bothered by the back-lighted displays. Although mobile phones with built-in cameras have become widespread, taking pictures is prohibited. Please turn off your mobile phone before entering the exhibit rooms.