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The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History opened in April 1983 at the northeast corner of a special historic site in the former Himeji Castle compound. Its purpose was to deepen our understanding of local history and promote education, study, and culture,

The museum contributes to education and the study of local history. In 1996, the museum underwent renovations to revamp the permanent exhibition, expand the special exhibition rooms, and install new IT devices.

New plans were drawn up on our 20th anniversary in 2003. 1n 2006 we began totally renovating the interior with the goal of becoming a “museum of interchanges” where Hyogo residents could meet and interact in a venue for learning. The museum celebrated its grand reopening on April 20, 2007.




January 1973 The announcement of the construction of the Prefectural Museum by the governor
August 1, 1979 Setting up the preparation room for opening the Prefectural Museum
February 23, 1980 Formulation of the basic plan for constructing the Prefectural Museum
June 12, 1981 Commencement of construction work
September 4, 1982 Completion of construction work
April 1, 1983 Opening of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History
March 23, 1996 Opening of the new of the Permanent Exhibition Room
February 26, 1996 Authorized to exhibit important cultural assets to public
  (Authorized by the director of Agency for Cultural Affairs)
December 25, 2000 Exemption of submitting notification in showing important tangible cultural properties
  (Authorized by the director of Agency for Cultural Affairs)
April 20, 2007 Reopening of the museum after the renewal of the exhibition rooms and other facilities




* Click the name of each room below, you can see the detail of them.
Entrance Lobby History of Hyogo Prefecture/Hyogo Library Prefecture/Hyogo Library Gathering Space Virtual Reality Theater Exhibition/Workshop Room The Children's Museum Festivals in Hyogo Himeji Castle and its Town Cafe Gallery Study Room Hall