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Nara National Museum

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Address: 50 Noboriojicho, Nara 630-8213, Nara Prefecture
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Interesting Kaiken Exhibition

There are 2 exhibitions during our visit, one of the permanent another of the Special Kaiken Exhibition. The permanent one showcases lots of buddha statues since the 7th century... read more

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are 2 exhibitions during our visit, one of the permanent another of the Special Kaiken Exhibition. The permanent one showcases lots of buddha statues since the 7th century. The Special Kaiken Exhibition will leave you in awe. His works are amazing with the details so specific.

Thank tinglebellz
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very impressive collection and display. Highly recommend renting Audio guide which was concise and informative.

Thank Yalitan
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

We ended up spending hours in this museum reading all the information and exploring buddhism to a level we had never experienced before. Good activity, but no photos allowed inside.

Thank Bianca S
San Mateo, Rizal, Philippines
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210 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

We were awed by the different statues of Buddhism Culture. So many were displayed. II wrote them down so I can google them after. Awesome!

Thank Ferry A
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Unless you're very into Japanese history, or there's a special exhibition, but for an average tourist, this museum is quite boring. With entrance fee of ¥1100 this is a waste of my money and time.

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2,471 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 611 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

The museum's permanent collection includes Buddhist statues, paintings, scrolls and ceremonial objects mainly from Japan. The new wing also houses temporary exhibitions, including an annual exhibition every autumn of treasures from Todaiji Temple. A ticket to the museum gives access to both wings, and English explanations are available throughout the museum.

Thank KarolaRS
Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed 30 August 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 

Thank Pulkita P
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 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 

Thank mxs0755
Espoo, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 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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Reviewed 22 June 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 

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