14 Dynasties and a Region: The History and Culture of the Muslim World

Tokyo National Museum
Until Feb 20
This special thematic exhibition does not limit its scope to a particular nation or region, but instead features Islamic art from all over the world. It was made possible through the generous cooperation of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia and their willingness to loan works from their impressive collection of Islamic masterpieces.

Islam was founded as a monotheistic religion in the 7th century by the Prophet Muhammad (ca. 570–632) on the Arabian Peninsula. After its founding, Islam gradually spread outward to Europe, North Africa, and Central Asia, eventually reaching East and Southeast Asia. It is currently the world’s second most widely practiced religion next to Christianity. Many Islamic dynasties rose and fell as the religion spread across the globe, and each one developed its own version of Islamic culture enriched by elements of local cultures.

This exhibition showcases decorative art objects and historical materials that highlight the diversity within Islamic culture and promote a deeper understanding of the Islamic world.




Closed on 12/14, 12/26-1/1, 1/4, 1/11. By appointment only.

Venue Hours

09:30 ~ 17:00
Closed on Monday
Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays.
FeeAdults ¥1000; University Students ¥500; High School Students and Under, Under 18s and Seniors 70 & Over free.
VenueTokyo National Museum
Location13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8712
Access10 minute walk from the Koen exit of JR Ueno Station, 13 minute walk from the Main exit of Keisei Ueno Station on the Keisei line, 15 minute walk from exit 7 at Ueno Station on the Ginza and Hibiya lines.
Phone050-5541-8600 (Hello Dial)