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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
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Owner description: This park commemorates the explosion of the first atomic bomb, and houses the Peace Memorial Museum and monuments related to the horrific event.
Reviewed July 22, 2011

This is a must see location to visit when in Hiroshima. The museum captures the events leading up to the bombing and documents the actual event as it occurred. the docent guides are very knowledgeable and tell the story of the history of this event very professionally.
The visit to the museum will take about 90 minutes. You will leave the museum with a deeper understanding of the destructive power of a nuclear event.

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Reviewed February 24, 2011

Excellent, cheap and informative. Displays were large and sequential. Easy to read and understand. Audio guides in many languages are available. Entry costs 50 Yen per adult. Serves as a good reminder on the effects of the atomic devastation. Must visit if you are in Hiroshima.

2  Thank MJ-NORA
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Reviewed January 21, 2011

I have visited Hiroshima on several occasions, and each time I have spent time in the Peace Memorial Museum and Park. And each time the effect has been the same - I enter the museum and come out in tears. The story of 6 August 1945 is told simply and honestly from the Enola Gay's takeoff to the eventual devastation and annihilation.

The simple things are the most disturbing: the watch, stopped forever at 8.15; the shadow of a waiting customer on a fragment of a bank entrance; the paper cranes folded by Sadako in the hope that she would recover from the radiation poisoning.

The only shortcoming in the exhibition is a lack of candidness about Japan's own guilt and appalling behaviour in WW2.

The park is filled with memorials to various groups of people from the city. The Children's Memorial has glass cabinets filled with paper cranes from all over Japan. After much argument the authorities allowed a memorial to Korean slaves killed by the bomb. There is a hall of memory and a cenotaph with a perpetual flame. And twice I have received a Buddhist blessing from an elderly lady whilst walking there.

Most important, though, are the children - brought on school outings - who fill the otherwise sombre park with colour and life as they run around and toll the Buddhist bell. They put the tragedy into context: they bring hope.

3  Thank Shinkansen
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Reviewed November 25, 2010

The exhibits in this museum cover all aspects of the bombing of Hiroshima and nuclear weapons in general: the history of Hiroshima before and during WWII, development of atomic weapons by the US and the decision to use them, how nuclear weapons work, the immediate effects of the explosion, the long term effects on the health of the people who were exposed to the radiation, current nuclear weapons arsenals and disarmament and the peace movement. English signage for the exhibits was also comprehensive.

Hiroshima is not high up on the tourism pecking order but I stayed 2 days/2 nights and there was plenty to see in and around the city. The food was very good – I thought it was the best outside Tokyo.

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Reviewed October 29, 2010

The Peace Memorial is well done and worth visiting. But please be aware that they offer an English-language guide to take you through, but the guide that we got did not really speak English, he READS English, but with a very heavy accent. He was so nice, I didn't have the heart to tell him that we would not like to have his services continue. It would have been better to have read the displays ourselves and walked through without a guide. But the service is free so it is hard to complain. The museum was very crowded but if you allow yourself at least an hour and half you should be able to read most of the display labels.

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