Museum of the Imperial Collections

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Museum of the Imperial Collections
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Location of Museum of the Imperial Collections in Japan
Location1-1 Chioyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 100-0001
Coordinates 35°41′11″N139°45′33″E / 35.686302°N 139.759247°E / 35.686302; 139.759247
Type Art museum
Collection sizeca. 9,500 pieces
Owner Japanese Imperial Household Agency
Public transit access Ōtemachi Station (Tokyo), Tokyo Metro Toei Subway
Website (in Japanese)

The Museum of the Imperial CollectionsSannomaru-Shōzōkan (三の丸尚蔵館) is located on the grounds of the East Garden of Tokyo Imperial Palace. [1] It showcases a changing exhibition of a part of the imperial household treasures.



The Museum of the Imperial Collections was conceived during the change from the Shōwa period (1926 1989) to the Heisei period (1989 2019) . The Imperial family donated 6,000 pieces of art to the Japanese government in 1989. Many pieces were created by Imperial Household Artists. The museum was opened in 1993 for the study and preservation of the art collection. The collection was further enlarged by the donation of the art collection of Prince Chichibu (1902 1953) in 1996, the collection of Kikuko, Princess Takamatsu (1911 2004) in 2005, and the collection of Prince Mikasa family in 2014. [1]

The number of items in the collection is 9,800 at present, but the exhibition room is a small room of 160 square meters and the storage room is small. Therefore, the existing museum will be rebuilt and the exhibition room will be expanded to 1,300 square meters. The construction is scheduled to be completed in 2025. [2]

Selected artists

Chinese lions by Kano Eitoku (16th century) Kano Eitoku 002.jpg
Chinese lions by Kanō Eitoku (16th century)
Old Pine Tree and White Phoenix by Ito Jakuchu. Part of the series Doshoku sai-e
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Old Pine Tree and White Phoenix by Itō Jakuchū. Part of the series Dōshoku sai-e.

Although the museum houses many masterpieces, none of them are designated as National Treasure or Important Cultural Property because cultural properties owned by the Imperial Family or the Imperial Household Agency (Cultural properties donated to the nation by the Imperial family) are not subject to the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties of Japan. [3]



Modern Nihonga

Sculptures and crafts

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  1. 1 2 "Sannomaru Shozokan (The Museum of the Imperial Collections)". Tokyo, Japan: Imperial Household Agency. c. 2020. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  2. 皇居資料館、出国税で拡張 「三の丸尚蔵館」外国人客増目指し Mainichi Shinbun January 13, 2019
  3. 宮内庁三の丸尚蔵館の今後の保存・公開の在り方に関する提言. p.7 Imperial Household Agency

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