Kaleidoscope Museum, Kyoto

Kaleidoscope Museum, Kyoto – Boutique Museum for Hands-On Fun

Kaleidoscopes do not pop to mind when one says Kyoto, but the Kaleidoscope Museum (京都万華鏡ミュージアム姉小路館) is a great place to visit for an hour if your kids are “templed out” or if the weather calls for an indoor activity.  The one room museum has 20-30 kaleidoscopes that are from Kaleidoscope Museum, Kyotoall over the world. All of the kaleidoscopes have English cards next to them explaining how to use properly. The staff does not speak much English, but they are incredibly passionate about showing you each one and how to use it. My four-year-old had a great time. Great value for a few hundred yen. For our three days in Kyoto with kids recommendations check here. Kaleidoscope Museum, Kyoto

Kaleidoscope Museum, Kyoto

Make sure you stay for the light show which takes place about every 30 mins. The lights are turned off, and the kaleidoscopes are projected on the wall. Very cool. I would advise one adult with one child since many of the kaleidoscopes are very fragile and could break easily if dropped.

Kaleidoscope Museum, KyotoAfter enjoying touching and viewing all the beautiful Kaleidoscopes, you can have an inexpensive but healthy lunch in the small cafe and/or make your own kaleidoscope to take home. There are two types of kaleidoscopes which can be made -oil or a simple mirror type. We chose the mirror type for a little more than 500 JPY. It takes about 30 mins to construct the Kaleidoscope Museum, Kyotokaleidoscope, and you will have a very helpful staff member make sure you don’t make a mistake. We love the kaleidoscope we made with beautiful washi paper on the outside – a unique item to remember our trip.

Kaleidoscope Museum Details
Phone: 075-254-7902
img_1863Hours: Open Everyday 10:00 – 17:30
Fee: 500 JPY for adults, 300 JPY HS students, 200 JPY for junior high and elementary students, free for younger
Access:  2 min walk from Karasuma Oike Station on the Karasuma and Tōzai Lines
Note: There is a ramp for strollers and wheelchairs, but inside is quite narrow

Kaleidoscope Museum, Kyoto

Kaleidoscope Museum, Kyoto Kaleidoscope Museum, Kyoto

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