Miyajima History and Folklore Museum
About Miyajima History and Folklore Museum
Local history museum set in a 160 year old merchant house, detailing the history of the island and local life.
Set in a 160 year old residence and storehouse, the the Miyajima Museum of History and Folklore details the history of local life on Miyajima. Originally owned by a wealthy soy sauce merchant family in the Edo Period, the museum was opened in 1974 to collect, restore and archive local history information. With the support of the local community, it now has a collection of over 2,000 historical and cultural items from daily life, including artefacts and tools, works of art, and religious items.
The museum has preserved the family’s living quarters and traditional courtyard Japanese garden. Each room explores different aspects of local life, and a video presentation in Japanese details some of the broader historical context of the island and its main attractions.