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Nara National Museum

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Address: 50 Noboriojicho, Nara 630-8213, Nara Prefecture
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We ended up spending hours in this museum reading all the information and exploring buddhism to a level we had never experienced before. Good activity, but no photos allowed... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 February 2017
Bianca S
Perth, Australia

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

We ended up spending hours in this museum reading all the information and exploring buddhism to a level we had never experienced before. Good activity, but no photos allowed inside.

Thank Bianca S
San Mateo, Rizal, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We were awed by the different statues of Buddhism Culture. So many were displayed. II wrote them down so I can google them after. Awesome!

Thank Ferry A
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Unless you're very into Japanese history, or there's a special exhibition, but for an average tourist, this museum is quite boring. With entrance fee of ¥1100 this is a waste of my money and time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The museum's permanent collection includes Buddhist statues, paintings, scrolls and ceremonial objects mainly from Japan. The new wing also houses temporary exhibitions, including an annual exhibition every autumn of treasures from Todaiji Temple. A ticket to the museum gives access to both wings, and English explanations are available throughout the museum.

Thank KarolaRS
Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Mostly I saw wooden sculptures of the Buddha from various periods. It was interesting to know the process of making wooden statuea. This was very well explained in the area outside the museum near the museum cafeteria. Its the subway passage between the permanent exhibits and special exhibition gallery. Very intricate work. Bronze and wooden statues are there in the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We caught the museum in transition, so currently only its buddha sculpture hall is open until the rest of the museum's new installations are completed. The buddha sculpture hall was a perfect bite-size museum experience and we learned a lot about the depiction of buddha and other deities. Really wanted to see the zen buddhist art hall, but that was... More 

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Espoo, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I was hoping to learn something about the history of Nara but was disappointed. The museum has interesting artifacts: statues, calligraphy, paintings etc. but it did not (to me at least) put the while thing in context. For someone who already knew something about the history of Nara (and history of Buddhism), I am sure this would have been a... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

We went to Nara to visit to visit Todai-ji temple, but on the way there we noticed this museum and decided to visit it at the end if there was enough time. Luckily we went back before the closing time and could visit it. Part of it was closed due to renovation, but there was an interesting temporary exhibition about... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

The Nara National Museum is located in Nara Park just a few minutes walk from the Kintetsu Nara station. The museum is spread over two buildings: the original museum and a new wing which are connected via an underground section in which reside the museum cafe and shop and facilities. The museum has a huge collection of buddhist images and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Ancient arts, painting, calligraphies take you right back to that old time and time stood still... you will be amazed how the Japanese captured the beauty of their religious beliefs in so many different art forms. I highly recommend a visit there!

Thank Victoria H

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