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Conservation and Restoration

The preservation of cultural properties involves two levels of work: utilization (exhibition, etc.) and safekeeping (restoration, etc.). The Tokyo National Museum appropriately carries out both by drawing on traditional expertise and the latest developments in conservation science through a process of diagnoses and treatment called “clinical conservation.” The following is an introduction to our cultural property preservation activities.


The Tokyo National Museum regularly publishes illustrated exhibition and TNM Collection catalogues and research and study reports in addition to the periodicals “Tokyo National Museum News” and “MUSEUM.”

Digital Research Archives

Articles published by curators of Tokyo National Museum and other research results can be viewed. The archive also contains links to TNM’s database containing old maps, old photographs and other historical materials.


The following are symposiums related to Tokyo National Museum activities.

Research and Information Center

The Research and Information Center makes photographs, books, and other academic material collected and stored by the museum widely accessible to researchers and the public. The following is an introduction to the facility’s history and a guide to its usage.

Library Catalogue Search

Search for books and magazines from the museum’s collection, the periodicals “Tokyo National Museum News” and “MUSEUM” published by the museum, and theses that have appeared in the museum’s postwar exhibition catalogues.

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