Nara National Museum

Sightseeing information about Nara National Museum in Japan.

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The Nara National Museum, on the fringe of Nara Park, is an art museum mainly devoted to Japanese Buddhist. The main building, the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall, established in 1894 with the facade of elegant French Renaissance style, houses a wide collection of Buddhist images including many of national treasures.

The newer East and West wings holds permanent collections of sculptures, paintings and calligraphy for special exhibitions. A special exhibition featuring treasures from Todaiji Temple takes place around October and November every year, drawing fanciers of Japanese antiquities. The museum is located close to Todaiji Temple, Kofukuji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine.

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5.02 months ago

This museum was such an informative and peaceful experience, teaching so much about Buddhism and its connection to Nara. The volunteer guide was helpful and very knowledgeable about every sculpture. In an unexpected turn of events my boyfriend passed out and needed medical assistance. The museum staff and volunteers were quick to help and absolutely incredible. One of the interpreters even accompanied us to the hospital for a few hours. This is a testament to the staff of this museum and their kindness. Thank you so much to everyone who helped us!

5.02 weeks ago

Wonderful cultural experience. History lovers will fall in love with it.

5.04 weeks ago

So many beautiful small and big statues to see!

5.04 months ago

Nara national museum and park is my favorite spot in ALL of Japan. It is a must see for anyone visiting the region. It is my favorite place to appreciate and contrast the old and new Japanese cultures acting in harmony.

4.02 months ago

The new building was closed when we visited, but the collection of Buddhist sculptures including short explanations of the sculptures, period created, techniques used and meaning of the hand gestures, made the trip very educational.

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