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Nara National Museum

Travel Guide - Nara National Museum


Nara National Museum exhibits a valuable collection of ancient works of art, particularly the selected masterpieces of Buddhist art. The museum's collections are housed in two buildings. The main building of the museum was built in 1895 as the first western-style building in Nara. The building is now designated as an Important Cultural Property. Inside the building is divided into two galleries, one is for Buddhist images and another one is for ancient Chinese bronze wares.
The museum's new annex has two wings. The eastern gallery has displays of sculptures, paintings and calligraphy. The western gallery, which is mainly used for special exhibitions, displays archaeological finds. The new annex is linked to the main building by a 150 meters long underground passage. This underground area is entrance free and there are a restaurant and a museum shop along the passage.
A special exhibition is held from late October to early November every year and the treasures of the Shoso-in Hall, which holds the treasures of Todai-ji Temple, are displayed here. The exhibits include highly valuable items related to the cultures along the Silk Road.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 9:30 - 17:00
  • 9:30 - 19:00 (The last Friday of April - October)


  • Mondays (or the following day when it falls on a national holiday)
  • Year-end and New Year's holidays

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Regular Exhibition: 520 yen (General, Adult)
  • Regular Exhibition: 260 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 15 minutes walk from Kintestu-Nara Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 50, Noboriojicho, Nara-shi, Nara, 630-8213


Bryan Lowe @bryandaniellowe - 2020-07-03
Innovative exhibit at the Nara National Museum on the production of modern reproductions of Shōsōin treasures. Thes… https://t.co/xwzDL7n9MW
TSUMUGU: Japan Art & Culture (English ed.) @jpn_art_culture - 2020-06-26
@art_tsumugu A Tsumugu reporter is in Kyoto to see how an Amida Nyorai statue owned by Joruriji temple is going to… https://t.co/6RUfhM8ksz
TSUMUGU: Japan Art & Culture (English ed.) @jpn_art_culture - 2020-06-26
A Tsumugu reporter is in Kyoto to see how a 2-meter-tall Amida Nyorai statue is removed from its pedestal at the Jo… https://t.co/Obs07E8Btz
TSUMUGU: Japan Art & Culture (English ed.) @jpn_art_culture - 2020-06-26
Joruriji #temple (#Kyoto) main hall on June 26. The chuzon, or principal #statue, one of the nine wooden statues of… https://t.co/DS21fR0LES
TSUMUGU: Japan Art & Culture (English ed.) @jpn_art_culture - 2020-06-26
The Amida Nyorai statue was then moved to a larger truck, which will head for Nara National Museum, where the statu… https://t.co/G5MOmxlfvf
TSUMUGU: Japan Art & Culture (English ed.) @jpn_art_culture - 2020-06-26
The repair work of the nine wooden statues of seated Amida Nyorai, a national treasure of #Japan housed at Joruriji… https://t.co/38KAA9b91X
Ike Tutwuri @iketutwuri - 2020-06-24
Nara National Museum 🏛️
The Nara National Museum (奈良国立博物館, Nara Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan), located in Nara… https://t.co/iHxhh8lznA
Shigenobu Fujioka @nobufujioka - 2020-06-14
Exhibition Notes 2020-2019: Annual Exhibition of Shiso-in Treasures (Nara National Museum) #exhibition #museum… https://t.co/J3s5Qm4nTC
jeff urbanski @fisherdude13 - 2020-06-04
CT scan reveals tiny statue inside ancient Buddhist work in Kyoto : The Asahi Shimbun https://t.co/3TfMkxbSpd

Gr… https://t.co/fmfCFEqyXj
東京文化財研究所【公式】 Tobunken [official] @NRICPT - 2020-06-01
Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Kyushu National Museums as well as the exhibition facilities of the Nara National Research I… https://t.co/LdtirK8O8l
White House History @WhiteHouseHstry - 2020-05-28
#OTD in 1961, President John F. Kennedy and his guests celebrated his birthday at the National Guard Armory.

Imag… https://t.co/PDDGRmhOhQ
adriana @yungkarp - 2020-05-16
lrt: I miss nara I want to go back :(

(i'm also tweeting this while wearing the tshirt I got at the japanese national treasure museum lmao)
Maarten Das @maartend4 - 2020-05-13
Bits of string and a lightbulb recreate a Gigaku mask (Suikojū), Nara Period, 7th century from the Tokyo National M… https://t.co/RkkT7DYcUP
Shigenobu Fujioka @nobufujioka - 2020-04-26
Exhibition Notes 2020-2019: Bishamonten: Guardian of the North (Nara National Museum) #exhibition #Museum #buddhism… https://t.co/ekBtyGzSQT
White House History @WhiteHouseHstry - 2020-04-23
Congress unanimously passed Public Law 96-388 in 1980, which officially created the museum in Washington, D.C., nea… https://t.co/U31SrKMLNW
Library Journal @LibraryJournal - 2020-04-22
National #Archives (NARA) Posts Special Online Exhibit to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Earth Day; More that 15,000… https://t.co/fayWWXoMXd
Bryan Lowe @bryandaniellowe - 2020-04-19
Amazingly, the museum saw my retweet, emailed me an apology, and fixed the typo already. The Nara National Museum a… https://t.co/ZmIJxeJBgO
奈良国立博物館 @narahaku_PR - 2020-04-16
Trying to find a background image for #teachingonline or your remote meeting? How about something from the Nara Nat… https://t.co/g0FDJsc07k
奈良国立博物館 Nara National Museum, Japan @narahaku_PR - 2020-04-16
Trying to find a background image for #teachingonline or your remote meeting? How about something from the Nara Nat… https://t.co/g0FDJsc07k
venetianspring @venetianspring - 2020-03-26
@nico_smiley That particular statue is at the Tokyo National Museum, which I know I visited. I do remember visiting… https://t.co/Iv72uVzLGR
草野 たま @kusAnotAma - 2020-03-20
@AURORAmusic (Eleven-faced Kannon This buddha statue was made in japan at 8th-9th century. Now owned by Nara natio… https://t.co/JtxUGco9vG
Maarja K. @ArchivesMaarja - 2020-03-19
I had hoped to help staff DC National History Day again for NARA at Archives 1 early April. Glad I could staff the… https://t.co/J4WkO2ns72
White House History @WhiteHouseHstry - 2020-03-11
Image Credits:
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) (1-2)
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library… https://t.co/bZJoZkLQ53
奈良国立博物館 @narahaku_PR - 2020-03-03
NOTICE OF TEMPORARY CLOSURE | From Thursday, February 27th to Monday, March 16th, Nara National Museum will be clos… https://t.co/bYFHwJudh8
HIS Travel Malaysia @histravelmy - 2020-02-28
✅ The Kyoto National Museum
🌟 2020/02/27~2020/03/16

✅ The Nara National Museum
🌟 2020/02/27~2020/03/15

✅Osakajo… https://t.co/eDc48i7H2s
奈良国立博物館 @narahaku_PR - 2020-02-27
NOTICE OF TEMPORARY CLOSURE | From Thursday, February 27th to Sunday, March 16th, Nara National Museum will be clos… https://t.co/wehiw0y2yy
Jeffrey J. Hall 🇯🇵🇺🇸 @mrjeffu - 2020-02-25
Labor disputes and copying Buddhist sutras in #Japan's Nara Period (710–794): The National Museum of Japanese Histo… https://t.co/uCyCyDe0VK
Samantha Landau 👻🕎✨🧟‍♀️ @broomsticknpen - 2020-02-14
@morganbenjamin Kyoto must-sees:
-Kyoto National Museum
-Fushimi Inari (not crowded in the early morning)
-The wa… https://t.co/h1A6FPOWUc
White House History @WhiteHouseHstry - 2020-02-14
Harry wrote letters to Bess most days they were separated until the end of his life—more than 1,200 hand-written lo… https://t.co/BtSCEYb5E4
ねこ式 Neko-siki @nekosikiart - 2020-02-14
(18)'Izumo and Yamato' at Tokyo National Museum.
By comparing two cultures between Izumo (Shimane Pref) and Yamato… https://t.co/ojFtxAKL2y


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