It hosts temporary exhibitions on the third floor, while the permanent collections are on the fourth floor.
The collections cover the history of Kyushu from prehistory to the Meiji era with particular emphasis on the rich history of cultural exchange between Kyushu and neighboring China and Korea.
The Kyushu National Museum opened on October 16, 2005 in Dazaifu near Fukuoka -- the first new national museum in Japan in over 100 years, and the first to elevate the focus on history over art.
On permanent exhibit are tea ceremony items and avant-garde products made by modern ceramists representing Kyushu, as well as masterpieces in Hizen Old Karatsu pottery, early Imari pottery, Kakiemon style pottery and Nabeshima Fief kiln pottery.
One should not miss the "Kanbara Collection" section. The first new national museum is located in Japan in over 100 years, and the first to elevate the focus on history over art.
The distinct modern impression created by the architectural facade is mirrored in the Museum's use of technological innovations which are put to good in making the museum's collections accessible to the public.
For example, the museum's extremely high resolution video system, with the latest image processing and color management software, serves both in documenting the objects in the museum's collection and also in expanding access beyond the limits of a large, but finite exhibition space.