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Aiming to develop into a city oasis - Kaleidoscope Museum of Kyoto

 The Kaleidoscope Museum of Kyoto, which was established with the intention of developing into a city oasis, is now in its seventh year of operation.

 The kaleidoscope was invented by a Scottish physicist in 1816 and was later developed into a beautiful craft through the efforts of an American woman, Cozy Baker, in the 1980s. After suffering a personal tragedy, she found a special healing power in kaleidoscopes. Based on her experience, she introduced kaleidoscopes to many people as a tool for healing. She is known as the “mother of kaleidoscopes” for her achievement of helping elevate the beauty of science to the realm of art.

 Under the main concept of emotional healing, which was advocated by Baker, the Museum usually exhibits about 50 works, including masterpieces by the world’s most renowned kaleidoscope artists and kaleidoscopes unique to Kyoto.

 Although kaleidoscopes are very fragile, visitors can handle and look into every kaleidoscope exhibited at the Museum. In addition, the Museum makes a variety of efforts to enable visitors to experience a feeling of oneness with kaleidoscopes.
 Although kaleidoscopes tend to be considered only a plaything for children, all generations of visitors can enjoy experiencing the marvelous world of light and mirrors and become hooked on the ever-changing beautiful images, losing track of time. To enable small children, and those who are unable to close one eye or unable to turn a kaleidoscope around with one hand, to experience the wonder and beauty of kaleidoscopes, kaleidoscopic images are projected on all the walls of an exhibition room once an hour. This program won the highest award at a world-scale kaleidoscope event and the Museum is the only facility in the world that offers this type of program on a daily basis.

 In addition, the Museum offers a 30-minute program called “Kaleidoscope Fantasy.” During this program, visitors can view projected dynamic images from inside kaleidoscopes. Many of the visitors who attended this program were fascinated by the space with images and music that made them feel as if they had wandered inside a kaleidoscope. Such reactions from visitors have made museum staff too rediscover the attractiveness of kaleidoscopes.

 Visitors can also participate in a kaleidoscope-making lesson at any time at a low price. As it takes only a short time, many visitors enjoy making a kaleidoscope every day and the lessons are well received. Upon request, a kaleidoscope-making lesson will be provided outside the Museum. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Museum.

 Meanwhile, the Museum has an art space that can display artistic works, such as paintings, photographs and crafts, which can be also enjoyed by visitors.
 Please drop in at this city oasis.
Contact : Kaleidoscope Museum of Kyoto
Phone or E-mail 075-254-7902
Website http://www.k-kaleido.org/museum_e.html