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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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Shosoin Treasure Exhibitions

I lucked out and was able to see the Shosoin Treasure Exhibitions which are held annually around October/November, but the collection is shown in stages so every year will be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I lucked out and was able to see the Shosoin Treasure Exhibitions which are held annually around October/November, but the collection is shown in stages so every year will be different each decade. There are English signs on all the exhibits, but definitely recommend ponying up the extra for the English audio guide as it is very informative, although the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

had great time to visit and specially Japanese people around you are mazing ready to help any time . anything ask they take there. great people and very kind. super amazing trip and enjoy a lot good place to take natural pictures

Thank Lucy M
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Although some areas are temporarily closed to the public, the visit to the museum is interesting, particularly the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall.

Thank Magic_India2013
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 

Thank William S
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.

Thank Jean-Claude D
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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