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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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If you're in Nara temple-hopping don't forget to drop by the National Museum of Nara, it's pretty interesting, but if you are short of time you can consider passing this.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you're in Nara temple-hopping don't forget to drop by the National Museum of Nara, it's pretty interesting, but if you are short of time you can consider passing this.

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Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When I visited, the old part of the museum (with the sculpture collection) was closed for renovation, and it will not reopen until some time in 2016. The at present accessible parts of the museum house some interesting artefacts, but the overall display is not more than average. It's a a good place to visit on a rainy day, but... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I've been to many museums that exhibit national treasures/art but this one turned out to be just an average for me. The layout seemed a little strange, I felt forced to take a certain route and the museum attendants felt more like security, I felt unpleasantly watched for the whole time. The art was beautiful and the explanations were really... More 

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Geraldton, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

It is very worthwhile spending an hour or so in this museum. It is very well laid out and most information is presented in English as well as Japanese. There are some amazing artefacts on display that give an insight into Nara's history as the former capital city of Japan. People interested in history should not miss this.

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Thank Andrew B
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

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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Thank inkaradise
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

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

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

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

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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