Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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This park commemorates the explosion of the first atomic bomb, and houses the Peace Memorial Museum and monuments related to the horrific event.
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  • gpants1
    Sydney, Australia132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heartbreaking but essential
    This sobering exhibition pulls no punches. There are warnings regarding the horrifying photos and stories. There is no shaming regarding the atomic bomb blast, just even-handed reportage of facts with the human tragedy and suffering sensitively described though not softened. It’s grim and many were in tears by the end of the route. There is hope with descriptions of non-proliferation treaties. The museum is dedicated to the eradication of nuclear weapons.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 8, 2023
  • Peter A. Knipp
    Singapore, Singapore126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit for anyone to understand the aftermath of an atomic bomb, there are items on display, internet cannot show
    Today was dedicated to the Hiroshima Peace Menorial, and it’s amazing adjacent park! While the memorial museum is a must visit, to once again highlight the sorrows of war fare, especially the Atomic kind, the walk through the peace park is certainly a time to reflect! Whatever the case, it’s one place I can highly recommend!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 28, 2023
  • katie26
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom2,170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thoughtful and respectful experience
    This is not an excellent as in enjoyable experience but excellent in the way they have curated the facts and allow the visitor to take time to show respect to those who died. It is a well laid out and interesting exhibition with throughly thought provoking and poignant features. Well worth a visit and time taken in the peace garden afterwards too.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2023
  • harriet r
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great trip to Hiroshima with the guide
    My family went with Yuko who was the nicest person ever and made the day very interesting. As we went through the museum, peace park and other places around Hiroshima including a garden, Yuko told us about all the history which was very sad but interesting. 100% recommend
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 24, 2023
  • James V
    Makawao, Hawaii188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WORLD WAR II HORROR
    The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is located on the site of the atomic bomb dropped on August 8, 1945. The museum is next to the only remnant of that horrible incident. The three floor museum is very detailed in the events and the after events of that disaster. Numerous photos detail the horrors. It is nearly too much for an American to appreciate.
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 5, 2023
  • Beth K
    Saipan, Mariana Islands78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile doing, cheap and doesn't take much time. Has its limitations.
    Agree with other reviewer to say that this is the story of what happens to a City and people after being bombed. Not much war history here really and everything has to be read from placard's on the wall which are difficult to read with crowds of people moving through. Nevertheless, you get the jest. Lots of displays of debris and paraphernalia left from the experience. It's very cheap and takes a little over an hour to go through. I think it's worth going to as a memorial but don't expect to learn much history.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 10, 2023
  • PHILIP B
    84 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Solemn Place
    A very well maintained and informative museum on the dropping of the bomb. Some of the pictures and stories are not for the faint hearted but war recollections are loke that. Very factual look into a sad piece of history. Well worth spending the day here and in the whole Park area.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 25, 2023
  • MyBlueSoul
    Warrington, United Kingdom257 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Moving and sobering experience
    Carefully curated museum displaying a very difficult moment in human history. Learnt a lot more than I expected to. It was busy when we visited which I suspect is often the case. Although the queue was very long we were kept moving along and were inside quicker than you might expect. Definitely worth the visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Chris W
    Budapest, Hungary480 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit
    Very sobering experience. Well put together. We came early to avoid the crowds. Obviously an atrocity. Many people are saying they have put their 'spin' on events - well of course they would. Just like America never mentions the fact they forcibly took over Hawaii??
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Stefanie H
    Lincoln, Nebraska1,618 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good museum
    This museum is on par with the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC or the WWII Memorial Museum in Caen, France. It is very graphic, in a necessary way. There is a main exhibit, which tells the story of the victims, and then there are other sections of the building which discuss nuclear war. There were a lot of school groups in attendance, so it was crowded, but we were able to see everything. This museum should not be missed if in Hiroshima, and it is very close to the park, so everything is in easy walking distance.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
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Rob
Cape Town, South Africa220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
When visiting Hiroshima, the Peace Memorial Museum is one of the must do museums. We made the mistake of not getting an audio guide and felt as though we missed out. We weirdly couldn’t go back to purchase it, so if you’re keen on the stories behind the items, you definitely want to get an audio guide.

The museum is great and has information cards, so it’s still informative without the audio guides. It’s very easy to follow the directions and the museum is in a nice big open area, so you won’t feel over crowded. The entry fee without audio guides were ¥200 per person.

If you’re into these museums, which we are, plan for around 3 hours if you want to view everything including listening to the videos with a very leisurely stroll. Be prepared to leave a little emotional after hearing the stories and seeing the items.

We certainly felt as though it offered value and would definitely recommend it.
Written January 19, 2020
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,767 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We considered this museum to be the highlight of our visit to Hiroshima's Peace Park. It not only captures the horror of what happened as a result of the Aug. 6, 1945 atomic-bomb attack on the city, but it also offers information on what led to the blast, Hiroshima today and the need to eliminate all nuclear weapons from the world.

The story is presented in two buildings through what I consider to be a fairly balanced presentation with excellent exhibits. These include videos, photos, victims' comments, their personal possessions and bomb-damaged artifacts. Some sections can be emotionally draining, such as the stories of children victims and the graphic descriptions of medical problems, resulting from the blast. The rooms' dark walls intensified the discomfort I felt when viewing these types of exhibits. Information signs appear in Japanese and English and there are interactive elements for visitors, who would like more details. The case is definitely made for history to never repeat itself with nuclear weapons.

We visited on an October 2019 morning and found the museum to be incredibly crowded. I often had to wait to see some of the exhibits. Many school groups were in the rooms, but the children stayed fairly quiet and were extremely well behaved. We spent more than three hours here and had a nice lunch in the cafe before leaving to look at the myriad monuments and memorials in the park.

The museum admission at the time was a most reasonable 200 Y (about $1.90 U.S.). It is on the south side of the park and easily accessible by public transport.
Written September 24, 2020
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is located inside the Peace Park. Just like the Peace Memorial Museum in Nagasaki, it houses remnants of the events from the Hiroshima bombing. Entrance requires a small fee of 200 yen per person.
Written January 11, 2020
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phale12017
United Kingdom50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
The day we visited the museum was the Japanese equivalent of a bank holiday. It was also hot and sunny and a Saturday, so there were many families and people in general there. When we walked round it was very crowded,adults and children walked shoulder to shoulder and everyone was completely silent!! It was an extremely moving experience.
The museum is a modern building with a pleasant cafe and interesting shops.
Written February 4, 2020
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123TEM
Jakarta, Indonesia134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
I have been putting Hiroshima and Nagasaki in my travel plan for quite sometime and finally got the chance though only Hiroshima this time. Reading a lot of history on the two cities in particular the A-bomb unfortunate event back in the horrific month of August 1945, over 70 years ago, I guess I am intrigued by what the two cities look like now.

Once you step down from the shinkansen at the train station, you’ll find a city full of vibrations and lovely. What remains of the A-bomb blast is contained in the ground zero in the Memorial Park area. And stepping into the Museum is just like you were brought back to 1945 seeing the pictures, witnesses in videos and belongings of the victims of the bomb. A heartfelt goes to the people of Hiroshima as it says, for the victims,it will never end.

God bless
Written January 4, 2020
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deepar491
Sydney, Australia17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Informative and heartbreaking, the museum is very well laid out and handles crowds well. Be prepared to invest a significant time if you want to fully experience everything as despite it being a less busy time this museum was very crowded. Great explanations in English and Japanese.
Written January 11, 2020
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Urrbraelady
Burnside, Australia80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
This museum should be mandatory for any leader of a nation with nuclear weapon capabilities. It is gut wrenching and heartbreaking to read the personal accounts of the experiences of those whose lives were irrevocably changed by the dropping of the bomb.
The images and accounts are graphic and the young people (older teens) we were travelling with on a school trip were deeply moved and very subdued following the visit.
The museum shop has some beautiful peace themed items that are worth considering if you are needing to bring souvenirs or moments home.
Written January 2, 2020
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Fiona R
Camden, Australia27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This museum has been put together so well. It is interesting, shocking, heart wrenching, and wonderful all at once. Captures the horror inflicted upon Hiroshima with unnecessary gore. If you don’t think nuclear armament should be stopped - I think this museum will change your mind. Highly recommend - but sensitive children may not be suited.
Written January 5, 2020
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Lubydubydoo
San Mateo, CA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This is a very important and moving experience. The grounds of the Memorial are stunning and poignant. The museum itself is beautifully done and conveys the horrific nature of what happened on a very personal level. Leave plenty of time and be prepared to need time when you are through to feel and process what you've just seen.
Written January 15, 2020
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ellen r
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Canada127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We took the Shinkansen from Kyoto to Hiroshima to spend the day visiting the museum. The first exhibits focus on the human stories following the atomic bomb. They are heart wrenching . Although crowded, everyone files through quietly. The second part described the military aspect, decisions etc, in a factual way. Outside the memorial park has many beautiful memorials and a view of the dome left standing after the blast.
En route back we stopped in Okayama to see the great garden: Korakuen.
Written February 25, 2020
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