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Nara National Museum

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Address: Nara 630-8213, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 742-22-7771
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Esoteric Buddhist display and ancient sculptures that allow you to breathe in the history

Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784 AD and this museum is a national treasure holding ancient works of immense cultural and spiritual significance. As I have pointed out... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784 AD and this museum is a national treasure holding ancient works of immense cultural and spiritual significance. As I have pointed out in other reviews, it is not Disneyland or something to bring the toddlers along so if you have teenage children then brief them beforehand. The displays are changing... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

A nice place to go for a break. Small museum and free admission. We took advantage of the break room and a/c to cool off and have a drink before touring the museum.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

First of all, let's get this out of the way - you do not come to Nara for the museum. period. Having said that, despite part of the museum currently being renovated, going through its main hall and checking out the few exhibits is a decent way to spend 30 minutes or so. I would not bother with the rest... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

If you're looking for medieval Buddhist wooden statues/sculptures, you won't find much of interest here as of May 2015. Instead visit the wonderful collections in the Kofukuji and Todaiji (Sangatsudo) treasury/museum collections and comparable collections in the Sanjusangendo and Ryoanji collections in Kyoto. When the old section of the Nara National Museum re-opens, reportedly sometime in 2016, presumably this will... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The museum has good presentation and some exceptional statues showing a very fine art. Usually relative quite but may be crowded when there are special exhibitions. Not all temporary exhibitions are of great interest if your are not particularly fond of all Japan art - check beforehand.

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Tel Aviv
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

That was our third visit to the museum over a period of 10 years. Today's visit was a surprise because instead of a world class museum we found an average gallery with mostly secondary objects. Unfortunately most of the original stunning collection was not on display so the main exhibit occupied only one level of the new building. The old... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

This museum has a good variety of sculpture, paintings and decorative arts. The exhibition area is quite extensive: there is an historical building as well as a new building. You get to one from the other either outside or by using the underground pass way where the shop and the cafe is situated. A very nice museum you ought to... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

liked the museum a lot. there are good items displayed representing the best of Japanese culture. definitely MUST to visit

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Taipei, Taiwan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

drop by to see the exhibition after seeing the parade at noon on Dec 17. A traditional museum with abundant collections, but not so family friendly since it lacks of interaction for children. Free due the the special event of 春日若宮おん祭.

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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

This is no Louve but hey the entrance fee is not that much so if you are in the area, pay a visit and make sure you get those audio guides if you don't read Japanese because you cannot appreciate the museum artifacts if you have no idea of their significance.

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Address: Nara 630-8213, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 742-22-7771
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Nara Prefecture  >  Nara

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