The Cultural Exchange Exhibition room is broadly located on the 4th floor of Kyushu National Museum. It usually displays approximately 800 pieces of cultural assets. But why is it called the ‘Cultural Exchange Exhibition’ and not just a ‘Permanent Exhibition’? The answer is in our aim to exhibit the Japanese history of cultural exchange. It is not just Japanese history, nor Kyushu regional history; but the history of Asian Cultural Exchange. We would like to affirm the way in which Japanese culture creates its unique world, not only by following but also by digesting and amassing foreign cultures.
The question 'What is cultural exchange?', is indeed a complicated one. From the emergence of stone tools to the recent Korean boom in Japan, it may be no exaggeration to say that history is a continuous stream of cultural exchange. Therefore, it is impossible to combine the entire history of Japanese cultural exchange in one single exhibition. In the Cultural Exchange Exhibition room, there are five classifications by era, comprising of the main exhibition room (1,500sqm) and eleven related rooms. We change displays on a regular basis. In fact, ‘Cultural Exchange Exhibition’ means the aggregation of small special displays. In doing so, we would like to offer new and fresh ideas following repeated visits, which is an approach not conducted by other museums.
That's "Sea Road, Asian Route" exhibition is located near the entrance on the 4th floor. Road is an artery of cultural exchange and life. It is a route of wandering people, things and information. It is also the nerve of civilization, developing cities, and trade ports as staging bases. It is an important objective of ours to host a place to think about the routes of cultural exchange which each display follows. Please take a walk around the passageways of cultural exchange as you please. In this place, history is not to just to be read, but to be experienced.