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The Japan Foundation Travelling Exhibition “NINGYO: Art and Beauty of Japanese dolls”

Start Date: 7/5/2024 - End Date: 8/7/2024 :::

Discover the fascinating world of Japanese dolls at The National Museum of Malaysia! The exhibition in Kuala Lumpur is organized by the Japan Foundation, co-organized by Department of Museums Malaysia, Ministry of National Unity, and the Embassy of Japan, with the desert sponsored by Imuraya.

The Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition “NINGYŌ: Art and Beauty of Japanese dolls” will take you on a journey through the cultural aspects and the role of dolls in Japanese society, starting from the seventh century to the modern era.

“The Dolls of Japan” introduces Japan’s representative dolls. In Japan, dolls have been a part of everyday life since ancient times. Japanese dolls reflect the customs of Japan and the aspirations of its people, possess distinctive regional attributes, and over the centuries have developed in many diverse forms. Dolls also provide a showcase for traditional Japanese craft products, such as textiles.

From Katashiro and Amagatsu dolls, considered the archetypes of dolls in Japan, to local dolls that reflect the climate and anecdotes from across the country, to dress-up dolls that are beloved in Japan today as doll toys, and scale figures that are highly regarded around the world, the exhibition presents a comprehensive introduction to Japanese doll culture.

Ningyō means “doll” and “human shape” in Japanese, the doll culture that has been cultivated over the long history of Japan will be introduced through a total of 67 carefully selected dolls, divided into 4 sections: “Ningyō to pray for children’s growth,” “Ningyō as fine art,” “Ningyō as folk art,” and “Spread of Ningyō culture.” We appreciate that each doll on this traveling exhibition would be warmly welcomed here in Malaysia, and that many audiences would experience the charm of Japanese dolls.


7 May 2024 to 8 July 2024

Dewan Tengah, Muzium Negara, Jabatan Muzium Malaysia, Jalan Damansara, 50566, Kuala Lumpur.

Entrance Fee

Adult | RM 2
Elderly & Disabled Person | RM 1
Children Under 12 years old | Free
Secondary School Student Wearing Uniform | Free 

Adult | RM 5
Children aged 6-12 years | RM2
Children Under 6 years old | Free

Transaction In Cash Only

Visit here for more detail; https://www.muziumnegara.gov.my/en/ticket

Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed on Public Holidays (17 June)  




Japanese Cultural Day Programme


Additionally, visitors can enjoy a Japanese Cultural Day on 1st   June 2024, in collaboration with ANIMANGAKI. This one-day special program offers a range of fun activities, such as workshops, demonstrations and competitions relating to Japanese culture.

Stay tuned for more updates for the Japanese Cultural Day Programme!


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Muzium Negara
Jabatan Muzium Malaysia, Jalan Damansara
Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur 50566 Malaysia
03-2267 1111