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Nara National Museum

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Address: 50 Noboriojicho, Nara 630-8213, Nara Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 742-22-7771

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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed June 22, 2016
Bangkok, Thailand

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Hyderabad, India
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77 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 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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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 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 

Thank BananaLu
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 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 June 13, 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
Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2016

This museum is located on Sanjodori Street close to Dodaiji temple complex. It consists of two buildings connected by an underground passage. The entrance is in the newer building. Here there are two wings to display rotating exhibits. When we were there, the exhibits were on the making of Japanese paper (Washi) and Masterpieces of Buddhist Art. The permanent collection... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

On the way to todai ji temple , we were attracted by the smell of the purple tapioca selling just outside the museum area then the many sika deers around were attracted by the food we had on our hand Spent an hour outside chased by the deers before we went in, it's a small scale exhibition museum so we... More 

1 Thank danli6899
St Peter Port, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

We ducked into the museum to escape the rain for a while, about £20 for three of us and only the special exhibition was available due to refurbishments in other parts. Personally it was worth the price as we got to examine 12th century scrolls telling the fables of Myoshen a Buddhist monk, I love Japanese art so this was... More 

Thank Nick J
Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

If you love to see Buddha statue in your limited budget and time, I recommend to visit this museum. Not so huge but you can find beautiful Buddha statues in this museum. When I can not take time in Nara area, I firstly visit here to see peaceful Buddha statues. 時間が無いけれど美しい仏像が観たい、という時には、この博物館がとても優秀です。新薬師寺の十二神将も観たい、薬師寺の薬師如来の観たい、秋篠寺の伎芸天も好き、ですが全部バラバラのエリアなので、丸一日は必要ですよね。そんな余裕が無い時の奈良の仏像を拝む時はここが一番満足できます。

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