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Explore History at Nara National Museum


Discover a repository of venerable Buddhist art in the heart of Japan's ancient capital


Nara Park is perhaps most famous among tourists for its free roaming deer, but art and history aficionados won't want to miss the Nara National Museum, located on the premises. Enter the museum’s Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall, completed in 1894 and designated an Important Cultural Property, and you’ll find marvelous Buddhist statues dating as far back as the Asuka period (592–710).


With English-language signage and explanations throughout the museum, the historical and cultural significance of the masterpieces of sculpture, painting, calligraphy, and more can be readily understood. Volunteer guides are also stationed in the exhibition rooms to answer any questions you may have. There is a museum shop where visitors can purchase goods such as exhibition guides, art books, in addition to a cafe serving drinks and light meals.


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Special exhibitions are held throughout the year, so be sure to check the calendar before you visit. The museum is conveniently located within walking distance from Todaiji Temple, home to Nara's Great Buddha.


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Nara National Museum


50 Noborioji-cho, Nara-shi, Nara-ken




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