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“Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum”

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 25, 2013

My wife and I visited this museum with a local guide that we were put in touch with by the local tourist organisation. The guide was a retired local lady that had been an english teacher and had excellent english and was very knowledgable, she was also Chairperson of the Peace Wing of Nagasaki.
She took us to this museum after we arrived at the Port of Nagasaki on a cruise ship and was able to give us a very detailed history of Nagasaki together with an interesting tour of the museum.
She was clearly moved by some of the exhibits and photographs that were on display, as were we and this together with her local knowledge gave us a unique insight into what has happened since the bomb.
The museum is well laid out and has some very interesting artefacts including a replica of the bomb that was dropped and it is not until you see this that you realise the damage that can be done by a such a small bomb. The building consists of both permanent and special exhibition rooms, bookshop, Conference Hall, Peace Study Rooms a Library and Tearoom. There are audio guides also available.
There are some exhibits in the museum that were removed from their original sites and placed here to show the destructive power of the bomb.
A very interesting museum which is a must see if you are in Nagasaki.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

a good collection of artefacts from the events of 1945. having also visited Hiroshima museum this one appeared tamer. less graphic - but such horror almost deserves something more shocking to promote a reaction against further atrocities. It managed to present events without glorifying it in a disney type way.

Thank Photoduo
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stopped there for one day, but I wish it could have been several. The museum should really be considered a "museum" consisting of the whole community. One thing that surprised us was the genuine warmth with which Americans are received everywhere in town.
Taking in the museum and the Peace Park outside, you are transported to the scene of a horrific war event with massive casualties. You also learn about the dynamics of wartime life in Japan. Part of the museum presents a pretty unvarnished account of Japan's atrocities in China and elsewhere in Asia. You get a sense of the destructive potential of nuclear war, but not in backward looking anger, which one might expect intuitively.
Overall, this was a surprisingly positive, uplifting experience, that we almost avoided for fear it would be depressing.

Thank Mark O
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

I would have to describe our visit as informative. All of the exhibits are in English and are easily understandable. There are videos, pictures and artifacts that relay what occured after the bombing. While the event was a tradgedy, the timeline that listed the significant events that led up to the bombing notably omitted the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Peace Park that is nearby is also good to include in your visit. The museum is a good deterant why war is never good however, the portrayal of the event is slanted to one side.

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Reviewed January 26, 2013

A well designed museum with plenty to see and experience. everything is available in English and the scope of the place, while not large, is very detailed. Apparently it can be full of school children at times, so plan your visit carefully. The 'hypocenter' monument is neaby and also worth visiting.

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