The Kyoto National Museum was established to collect, house, and exhibit to the public tangible cultural properties as stipulated by the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties. The museum also conducts related research, surveys, and other projects in order to preserve and utilize these valuable national assets.
|A government system to establish the Imperial Museum of Kyoto and the Imperial Museum of Nara, also including the Imperial Museum (currently the Tokyo National Museum), is enacted.
|Decision made for the Imperial Museum of Kyoto to be built on the grounds of the Shichijō Imperial Estate.
|Construction begins on the Main Hall, designed by architect Katayama Tōkuma.
|Construction of the Main Hall (today's Meiji Kotokan) is completed.
|The Museum opens its first exhibition.
|In accordance with government reforms, the museum name changes to the Imperial Household Museum of Kyoto.
|The Museum is donated to the City of Kyoto in commemoration of the marriage of the Crown Prince; name changes to Imperial Gift Museum of Kyoto.
|The Museum becomes a national institution and affiliate of the Committee for the Preservation of Cultural Properties (today Agency for Cultural Affairs). Name changes to the Kyoto National Museum.
|The New Exhibition Hall, designed by architect Morita Keiichi, is completed.
|Opening ceremony of the New Exhibition Hall and opening of commemorative exhibition in the New Exhibition Hall.
|Kyoto National Museum becomes an affiliated institution of the Agency of Cultural Affairs.
|The Main Hall, Main Gate, and Ticket Area are designated Cultural Properties of the former Imperial Museum of Kyoto.
|Conservation Center for Cultural Properties opens.
|Kyoto Center for the Research of Cultural Archives is established.
|Conservation Center for Cultural Properties becomes an affiliated institution of the Agency of Cultural Affairs.
|Collaboration and cooperation begins with the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies of Kyoto University.
|1000th lecture of the Saturday Lecture Series is celebrated.
|New Ticket Entrance is constructed at the Main Gate.
|Museum celebrates its 100th Anniversary.
|The South Gate is renovated as part of the new construction project for a new exhibition hall. The former Higashiyama Ward Office is purchased and converted into the Museum Administrative Office during the construction project.
|Kyoto National Museum becomes an independent administrative institution as part of the new Japanese government reorganization plan.
|The construction of the East Storage Facility and Library begins in conjunction with the construction project of the new exhibition hall.
|Renovations on the Former Higashiyama Ward Office begin in conjunction with the construction project of the new exhibition hall.
|Teahouse Tan'an is restored and reopened.
|The Kyoto National Museum becomes part of the Independent Administrative Institution National Research Institute for Cultural Properties.
|Reconstruction begins on former exhibition hall.
|Heisei Chishinkan Wing is completed.
|Heisei Chishinkan Wing opens.
|Museum celebrates its 120th Anniversary.