Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Jarring, horrific reminders of the devastation caused by the August 9, 1945 bombing of Nagasaki fill this historic and educational museum, which traces events preceding the bombing, the resulting destruction and the city’s restoration.
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,810 contributions
The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum is very well organized and detailed. They have a lot of good information and artifacts on display. When it comes down to it, this museum is a sad reminder of what occurred. It shows a lot of artifacts left over from the bombing and has stories of survivors and victims. I came out with a lot more knowledge then going in, it is unfortunate what happened here in Nagasaki. The entrance price was very cheap, just 200 Yen, and the museum is not to big, can easily be done in 1-2 hours. Afterwards, go to the hypocenter and Peace Park.
Written February 7, 2020
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,206 contributions
We made the day trip from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2 hours on the JR train. Next to the Peace Park is the Atomic Bomb Museum. The museum has a small fee of 200 yen per person for entry. We also went to Hiroshima on a separate day and it is definitely a sobering visit.
Written January 10, 2020
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Emily_G_Scott
Sydney, Australia380 contributions
Couples
Learnt about the impact of atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Paid 157 Yen for English audio set which was helpful. Entrance fee is 200 Yen and you can go up to the roof to see the actual site where the bomb was dropped.

Highly recommended if you are in Nagasaki.
Written January 24, 2020
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Russell C
Geelong, Australia106 contributions
Solo
This is a place to be reminded about the brutal facts about the realities of nuclear warfare. The museum is haunting and disturbing in its use of images that conjure up a day that will hopefully mark the last time such a weapon is used on human beings. There were people under that mushroom cloud.
Written March 20, 2020
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Gille4Travel
Tokyo, Japan66 contributions
Family
A must visit when in Nagasaki. Good explanations, visual displays and artifacts on display which memorize the horrific impacts of the Nagasaki nuclear bombing. Missing, understandably from a Nagasaki perspective, is the role of Japan in WWII.
Written July 20, 2020
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J H
Guangzhou, China196 contributions
This area is the location of where the atomic bomb hypercenter exploded over the city. It's very educational, heartfelt, and exceptionally sad. It's interesting to see the various types of foreigners that visit this area. Please take note of the water bottles, and find out their significance. Water plays a large role in this area. I'm mostly refering to the outdoor parts of the museum, not inside.
Written January 4, 2020
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Shiva Shrestha
37 contributions
Friends
Really the saddest part of the Japanese history.But they didn’t stop they grow And grow developed.They never stopped.
Thank you Yuri And Yuko san for this wonderful opportunity.That was the really great time for us.:)hope to see you soon :)
Written February 3, 2021
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KobeWorldtraveller
Kobe8 contributions
This is a place everyone needs to visit to be reminded that we should never again wage nuclear war. The exhibits are clearly set out and English explanations and labels are extensive - unusual for Japan. There is also an audio guide in different languages. A very moving memorial to a terrible event.
Written September 5, 2020
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Billy G
United Kingdom52 contributions
Couples
Was a very poignant and thought provoking experience. Worth it 100%! Showed amazing artifacts and items from homes and outposts, really worth it.

Would highly recommend for everyone visiting Nagasaki
Written July 10, 2021
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donavan94563
Orinda, CA153 contributions
Family
Had one day in Nagasaki during a cruise. Traveling with a family of 4 with teens.

It's both unfortunate – and important – that the name Nagasaki is synonymous with the dropping of the atomic bomb. Unquestionably, this history overshadows everything else, yet today Nagasaki is a vibrant, charming and totally unique gem that begs to be explored far beyond the bomb museums, monuments and memorials.

The United States, with the consent of the United Kingdom as laid down in the Quebec Agreement, dropped nuclear weapons on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, during the final stage of World War II. The two bombings, which killed at least 129,000 people, remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in history.

Nagasaki was only chosen after a cloud obscured the original target, Kokura.

The Highlights of Nagasaki including Atomic Bomb Museum (noted as a $99 per person excursion from the cruise) is easily accessible from the ship and no need to book through the cruise.

The Nagasaki Electric Tram has two main lines that overlap near Chinatown. A station is just outside the cruise terminal. There is a tram ticket office in the cruise ship terminal where you can buy a very inexpensive day pass and get an easy to follow free map of the city and tramway system. For 500 yen for a full day or 160 yen per trip, There are a number of tram routes, all color coded on the map and the day pass is valid for all journeys on each route.

From the cruise ship terminal walk to the O-Urakaigandori Tram Station which is only a 5 minute walk. Passengers board the trams by the rear door and exit from the front door where the driver will check your ticket as you leave the tram. Note: work your way to the front before sitting down to make leaving the tram easier in busy times.

Take the green line tram north towards Hotarujaya. Go two stops and get off at the Tsukimachi Station. Transfer to the blue line tram north towards Akasako.(it will be on the opposite side of the track and will be going the opposite way you just came). Go eleven stops and get off at Hamaguchimachi Station. Walk across the street and up hill for a short 4 minute walk to the Museum entrance.

The museum is located adjacent to the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and the peace park (ground zero).

The exhibit hall is well put together and well thought out. It is set up sort of like a documentary that chronicles the events before and after the bombing. You enter by walking down and back into time. All exhibits are in English and there is also an audio guide available for hire. As with a lot of places in Japan there is lots of free origami and the whole museum is covered with free wifi.

As a prelude to the main exhibits, this section introduces the scenery and customs of Nagasaki just before the atomic bombing. Also on display is a wall clock stopped right at 11:02 a.m., the moment of the explosion and the instant the city and its citizens suffered utter devastation.

Immediately you are confronted with a devastating scene of Nagasaki just after the atomic bombing, this section provides visitors with an understanding of the fearsome destructive power and horrors of the atomic bombing.

Documentary films related to the atomic bombing are shown. The facilities include a Q&A corner regarding the atomic bombing and peace, and a reference system to find documents such as Nagasaki's Peace Declaration.

The exhibits are graphic and may be bit much for some, however, my kids 14 & 16 appreciated the museum and found it very moving and educational.

After visiting the museum, we walked around the Nagasaki Peace Park. There are many statues and monuments from countries and cities around the world, a beautiful fountain and the ruins of the foundation of a small prison that was destroyed by the blast.

A must see for all humanity.
Written July 31, 2016
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