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Nara National Museum

Address: Nara 630-8213, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 742-22-7771
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Ranked #12 of 85 Attractions in Nara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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377 reviews 377 reviews
160 attraction reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
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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8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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30 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The museum was under renovation so we could only visit the Buddah portion of the Museum. It was very interesting and clean. The cost was minimal. My daughter needed to nurse her baby and they made a private space for her. Toilets were clean and western style. There are restaurants and places near by to eat. Busses, taxi's and train... More 

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New Delhi, India
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23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Nara national Museum is a must visit if in Nara and for those interested in knowing more about the Great Buddha of India and the Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshwara known as kannon in Japanese and Amitabha. The museum has an amazing collection of Buddhist statues, mandalas, paintings. Its a wealth of information !

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Acton, MA
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57 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

This museum has good displays of Buddhist art, although not as good as some of the local temples, it has a lot of English explanation which is helpful.

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Spring, Texas
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25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

It was a nice museum, but the national museum in Kyoto is better. However, it is in the middle of Nara Park and surrounded by deer, so quite picturesque.

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Beijing, China
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262 attraction reviews
252 helpful votes 252 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

West wing houses rotating displays that are all in Japanese and probably of great historical significance but did not have much relevance for me. The basement walkway between the two wings is informative about the process for how wooden Buddha statues are made. The highlight is definitely the East Wing in which the hall of Buddha sculptures goes back to... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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31 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

I was pleased with their collection and was disappointed when they asked me to take my ipod off which was an audio on what I was looking at concerning sculptures. Fair price and a large collection. Devote 2-3 hours for Art History buffs.

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