Since the Miho opened in 1997, it has attracted visitors from all over the world. It is located in a nature preserve, outside of Kyoto. The 180,000 sq. ft. structure, built 80% underground to protect the surrounding environment, is constructed of steel, glass and French limestone. The site consists of three parts: the reception building, a long processional including a tunnel and the museum building, itself. Throughout the site, we can see Asian cultural references, including the modularized tatami-like bridge floor, light fixtures reminiscent of fans, and classic moon window, and Japanese andon lamps. The museum houses an exceptional collection of art and antiquities from Asia and Asia Minor, including 1st Century Gandaran Buddhist statuary from Pakistan and Afganistan, gold Jewelry from Bactria, 2000 year old treasures from the Silk Road, Egyptian art and one of Japan’s finer tea implement collections.
Miho Museum: Exterior Views
Miho Museum: Interior Views