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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5.0a year ago

A wonderful museum showcasing Buddha sculptures and art. It is a large and comprehensive collection. A special exhibit featuring the artifices from the emperor (Nara was the ancient capital before Kyoto) made the admission higher (cannot separate the regular and special exhibit so the price is higher but includes both tickets)...the combination was just amazing!

4.010 months ago

Large museum which is spread over two large buildings. The Buddhist section is more interesting. The larger of the two buildings has rotating exhibits and were not that interesting to me when visited. Costs 520 yen to enter

4.06 months ago

It was nice and compact. Really enjoyed it.

4.010 months ago

Plenty to see here, I'm not much a museum person but there was some cool stuff. Pity you can't take photos. Would not recommend bringing kids

5.0a year 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!

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