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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


local partnership MOFA JAPAN @LocalMofa - 2019-10-16
Autumn 🍁: the best season for art🎨!
Special Exhibition 'Shosoin: Essential Treasures of Ancient Japan Passed Down b… https://t.co/aAOEVNy9hK
紡ぐ TSUMUGU: Japan Art & Culture @art_tsumugu - 2019-10-15
Treasures from the #Shosoin Repository in #Nara are now on display at the #Tokyo_National_Museum. This is a must-se… https://t.co/an08k1V47f
Paulina Kolata @PaulaKolata - 2019-10-14
A wonderful collection of Buddhist objects at @britishmuseum curated in collaboration with Nara Prefecture. Some wo… https://t.co/RTAI2zX7Ui
Jerrika Romero @Nano__Kitten - 2019-10-10
@MiloshTheMedic @norarengou Nara park
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Brought to You @Brought_to_You - 2019-10-04
Museum-goers in London are getting a close-up look at some of Japan's national treasures. The British Museum is hos… https://t.co/5yIK0mii8J
NHK WORLD News @NHKWORLD_News - 2019-10-04
Museum-goers in London are getting a close-up look at some of Japan's national treasures. The British Museum is hos… https://t.co/xTL8eU7lMq
Wen-Yi Huang @WenYiHuang1 - 2019-09-24
Nara National Museum's exhibition 'Creatures of Faith,' featuring many #animals and mythical beasts appearing in… https://t.co/Wpn5yXoRPQ
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ꕥ𝕗𝕦𝕓𝕦𝕜𝕚¹²⁷ꕥ @1plus2equals7 - 2019-09-16
@NCTsmtown_127 Todaiji and Nara National Museum❣️
tkasasagi @tkasasagi - 2019-09-14
Speakers from
1. Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties
2. Historiographical Institute of the Uni… https://t.co/ztTBzjGdnc
White House History @WhiteHouseHstry - 2019-09-09
President Dwight D. Eisenhower and First Lady Mamie Eisenhower hold their youngest grandchild, Mary Jean Eisenhower… https://t.co/jyZhweYwdY
EXARC @exarc_net - 2019-09-06
Visit to Heijō Palace near Nara (JP) today by a delegation from EXARC and ICOM.
Beautiful indoor and outdoor museu… https://t.co/eAXRijfCSt
Dag Wardenær @Dagwarden - 2019-09-05
@ButtstuffKaiju Nara is wonderful, as mentioned. The Tokyo national museum is top notch. Watch out for Nara deer th… https://t.co/2Z70lSITYf
絵瑠沙 ⊂(◉‿◉)つ @squeekzoid - 2019-09-05
The Nara National Museum has an exhibit of animals in religious art, and at the end you’re encouraged to draw your… https://t.co/VbOIgBJJRN
紡ぐ TSUMUGU: Japan Art & Culture @art_tsumugu - 2019-09-04
Dear guests for #ICOMKyoto2019, we have a talk session for the Shoso-in exhibition this autumn with a speaker from… https://t.co/tPnBS8y1n4
ICOM COMCOL @IComcol - 2019-08-30
COMCOL kicked off big times in Nara with @Nara National Museum team! https://t.co/A8vpdzkxJs
Adventurous-Japan @AdventurousJap1 - 2019-08-25
Hello Friends!
I'm back with some more historical Nara. We're looking at Nara's National Museum which has been arou… https://t.co/8O5u1dXM3g
Spellbound Blog @spellboundblog - 2019-08-22
Mitch Yockelson & Kellie Shipley make up the Archival Recovery Program, based at NARA 2. They believe they are the… https://t.co/WvXP7ioUDe
Susan @SusanMaret - 2019-08-21
Yockelson & 'analyst Kellie Shipley believe they are the only dedicated team in any museum or cultural institution… https://t.co/wGBOKV8igx
Wen-Yi Huang @WenYiHuang1 - 2019-08-12
An interesting exhibition at the #Nara Palace Site Museum: 'Gardens in the Ancient Capital of Nara:The Unearthed Na… https://t.co/fPr0sXf5Oj
White House History @WhiteHouseHstry - 2019-08-12
To learn more about the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, listen to our 1600 Sessions podcast episode “The White… https://t.co/40yYVHLJAC
Maarja K. @ArchivesMaarja - 2019-07-20
@NotoNixon @williamrblack @erin_bartram @contingent_mag As you know, we at NARA's Nixon Presidential Materials Staf… https://t.co/etjAZ4rPJ8
White House History @WhiteHouseHstry - 2019-06-19
Credit: Abbie Rowe, National Park Service / Harry S. Truman Library and Museum / NARA
Gen Japan @GenJapan - 2019-06-06
I've just posted a new blog: A national treasure 'Yohen Tenmoku tea bowl' | Nara National Museum https://t.co/W9qddhPaLs
Maks swiderek @MSwiderek - 2019-06-03
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榎本圭子 Keiko Enomoto @hyncat - 2019-05-31
NARA NATIONAL MUSEUM says they corrected the information about Fujita Tokujiro. Fujita Tokujiro wrote haiku porms. He was a haiku poet.
榎本圭子 Keiko Enomoto @hyncat - 2019-05-28
NARA NATIONAL MUSEUM holds a special exhibition, Masterpieces from the Fujita Museum. They say Fujita Tokujiro was… https://t.co/vSWx9PwW9M
榎本圭子 Keiko Enomoto @hyncat - 2019-05-24
l visited Nara National Museum to see a National treasure Yohen-Tenmoku tea bowl. It's really beautiful. I enjoyed… https://t.co/6ydIjdd94D
Brad Roark @bradroark - 2019-05-21
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Maarja K. @ArchivesMaarja - 2019-05-18
Helping staff “The People” at the National Archives this evening. Welcoming remarks by Michael Ellzey, NARA Direct… https://t.co/UyADtxHrrA
Bryan Lowe @bryandaniellowe - 2019-05-17
The Tokyo National Museum will show Shosoin treasures this fall for a special exhibition in addition to the usual N… https://t.co/HVYICl7vgl
Tony Printezis @TonyPrintezis - 2019-05-15
Tokyo Day 2: The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, Tokyo National Museum's newest building, houses over 300 objects (7t… https://t.co/CvElxkGzgs
4Descendants.com @4Descendants - 2019-05-14
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