Nara National Museum4.3
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 month ago
Many valuable buddha and holy guardian statues. You can get a knowledge about craftworks and changing style by the era. if you have a interest the art of Buddhism , must visit here.
4.02 months ago
It's worthy visiting if you spend more than one day at Nara.
5.03 months ago
Be aware that the new wrong (main building) is closed until December 11 BUT the other, classical looking building is with it alone. Beautiful museum, excellent lighting, very friendly staff
4.0a week ago
Not interesting enough. The cafe is rather expensive
5.08 months ago
Truly amazing collection! The Buddhist statuary is some of the best I've ever seen-- well-curated, well-restored, and well-presented.
Definitely get the audio guide for the Sculpture Gallery; it contains a lot of information not available on the exhibit intro or placards.
The only complaint I have is the price... the standard ticket was alright, but between the special exhibition and audio guides (which are pretty necessary, as only very basic info is presented on the tags) I ended up spending nearly 3,000￥ for one person. I wish they had a combo ticket including everything.