These are large-scale loan exhibitions that typically make use of almost all museum galleries in the Heisei Chishinkan Wing. Hours and admission vary depending on the exhibition.
These are exhibitions of works from the museum's collection, including works owned by the museum and works on long-term loan. Admission for adults is 700 yen.
Collection exhibitions are often organized by genre and medium in individual galleries dedicated to ceramics, archaeological artifacts, various genres of painting and calligraphy, textiles, metalwork, lacquer, and sculpture.
Other sub-categories of collection exhibitions include feature exhibitions, in which works of various genres and materials are exhibited together under a common theme, and special viewings, in which works borrowed from external institutions are exhibited alongside objects from the Kyoto National Museum's collection.
During the installation and deinstallation of exhibitions, the Heisei Chishinkan galleries are closed, but the museum gardens remain open. During such times, the public may access the gardens and outdoor exhibits.