Sen-oku Hakuko Kan, known as the Sumitomo Collection, exhibits and preserves art objects which have been collected by the Sumitomo family. Today, exhibitions are held in both Kyoto and Tokyo so that more people will be able to enjoy these works.
The Sumitomo Collection is famous for its ancient Chinese bronzes and mirrors, which were collected during the period from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. It is regarded worldwide as one of the best collections outside of China in its quality and quantity.
Besides the bronze collection, art objects such as Chinese and Japanese calligraphic works and paintings, western-style paintings, modern ceramics, Japanese tea utensils, literary utensils, Noh masks and costumes have been donated from the Sumitomo family. Today we have over 3,000 art objects.
The main building of the museum was built in Kyoto to display the bronze collection, and in 1986, an annex building was built to display other art objects. Furthermore, in 2002 Sen-oku Hakuko Kan Tokyo was established in Roppongi so that people in the Tokyo area may also appreciate our collection.
The museum in Kyoto is located in a quiet residential area, Shishigatani, noted for its beautiful scenic view of the Higashiyama mountain range. The museum in Tokyo is conveniently located in terms of transportation, and it also enjoys quiet surroundings. Both museums are located in perfect sites for appreciating art. We look forward to your visit to Sen-oku Hakuko Kan.