Nara National Museum

Museum / Science Museum
This is a museum which opened in Nara City in 1895. The “Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall (in the main building)” which was designed by the court architect, Katayama Tokuma is a Western-style architectural structure from the Meiji period and has been designated as an Important Cultural Property. There are four exhibition halls in the museum, with the museum’s collection focusing on Japanese Buddhist art from the Asuka period up until the Kamakura period. In addition, a great number of National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties are among the artifacts held and exhibited at the museum. The museum is famous for opening an exhibition of “Shosoin-ten” (Exhibition of Shosoin Treasures) in Autumn every year.

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9:30-17:00 (Admission is 30 minutes closing)
Monday (The next day for Public holidays), 12/28-1/1
[Admission fee to view] General 700yen, University student 350yen
*Special exhibitions are not included Friday
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Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

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  • Culture
    5.0 Reviewed : 2022.08.28
    My friends and I spent about 2 and a half hours here, reading about each statue and piece we came across. There’s plenty of historic pieces to keep you busy that long!
  • ok
    4.0 Reviewed : 2020.01.31
    I wasn;t sure if the admission (Y500) was worth the visit. It was, even though the New Museum was closed.The main building has amazing collection of statues of Kamakura, Nara, Heian Buddhas and...
  • Nice exhibition displays
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.12.09
    Nara National Museum held special exhibitions periodically. Entry fee required but the artifacts displayed thereat were valuable. Worth the visit.

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