The Imperial Palace

Sannomaru Shozokan (The Museum of the Imperial Collections)

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Sannomaru Shozokan (The Museum of the Imperial Collections)
(Photo: Imperial Household Agency)
(Exhibition Room of the Sannomaru Shozokan)
(Photo: Imperial Household Agency)

At the turn of the era from Showa to Heisei(1989), The collection of 6,000 art pieces owned by the Imperial family was donated to Japanese government. For the preservation and study of this collection, Sannomaru Shozokan (The Museum of the Imperial Collections) was established in 1993. The museum displays the collection widely to the public. In 1996, the collection of the Late Prince Chichibu was added to the Museum collection, followed by that of the Late Empress Kojun in 2001. The total now amounts to 8,000 pieces.

The collection contains paintings, calligraphy and crafts from various countries around the world and its timespan runs from ancient to modern periods. Among them are master works representing the Japanese culture and to be known pieces with historical and cultural values.