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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


Dai MATSUI @dmatsui1217 - 2019-04-18
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Lilla Russell-Smith @LillaBRS - 2019-04-14
In the exhibition of the collection of the Fujita Museum at Nara National Museum a newly identified portrait of Man… https://t.co/FcLwhMGeWW
Marika McCoola @MarikaMcCoola - 2019-04-07
Sketches from the Nara museum...right after I’d run out of sketchbook pages!

#sketches #pencil #travel #museum… https://t.co/7B5Az4nPnJ
Anthony Clark @AnthonyJClark - 2019-04-05
#Historians #OAH19 unfamiliar w/my work? I broke these NARA stories:

US Archivist Weinstein was sexual assaulter… https://t.co/NOzppkZ95N
Anthony Clark @AnthonyJClark - 2019-03-30
2017: After less than a year Updegrove abruptly resigns as National Medal of Honor Museum CEO; days later he is nam… https://t.co/IT2QF4bnzK
Anthony Clark @AnthonyJClark - 2019-03-14
Only one of the eight lowest-ranked presidents has a National Archives-operated presidential library-museum (Hoover… https://t.co/9o07SCEiZg
Maarja K. @ArchivesMaarja - 2019-02-26
@ByronTau @biblioteq_tress @jennyschuessler @ncph I had the unusual experience of working 14 years as a federal emp… https://t.co/IOuU7L0FX7
Maarja K. @ArchivesMaarja - 2019-02-21
@StrategicLbries @mikejonesmelb Historian & former NARA Office of Presidential Libraries archivist here. Guessing… https://t.co/fjSXrFAwlq
Maarja K. @ArchivesMaarja - 2019-02-21
@jonathanalter @USNatArchives I'm interested in the new model in part because I was an employee of a National Archi… https://t.co/FXcbUvSjzw
Devendra Pai @DEVenDrapai - 2019-02-13
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As the name suggests Narasimhi is a Goddess with the face of a lion (Nara - hum… https://t.co/sp6pfFe0FS
Nara Hodge🔥🔥🔥 @Nara_Hodge - 2019-02-04
@Nickjames40Nick Museums definitely to see - National Art of Catalunya, The Archaeological museum and if you can, d… https://t.co/NQ52x6dO2f
ureshii @kalmulya - 2019-01-05
Just posted a video @ Nara National Museum https://t.co/lpLwoDLVZR
Margot Williams @MargotWilliams - 2018-12-28
Due to shutdown of Federal Government, National Archives facilities are closed, websites & social media are not bei… https://t.co/y2FPAnKXQN
White House History @WhiteHouseHstry - 2018-12-16
The 1972 National Christmas Tree was a 70-75-foot Engelmann spruce from Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming, deco… https://t.co/vgYj69DtDa
🎄🎄Jodi🎄🎄 @jodii1953 - 2018-12-14
@JillShambaugh1 @theryanatkins @PreetBharara Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. ... Located in Yorba Li… https://t.co/TxiRJEKgbg
Clinton Library @WJCLibrary - 2018-12-05
On Wednesday, Dec 5, NARA will close for a national day of mourning honoring President George H.W. Bush. The museum… https://t.co/MZA0g2GaAF
Miro Ito, artist @miroito - 2018-12-02
Commemorating130th anniversary of Japan - Mexico diplomatic relations, my exhibition is being shown at the National… https://t.co/aRh8ZLWYqE
Lawliet殿 @Lawliet_yun - 2018-11-30
#奈良國立博物館 @ Nara National Museum https://t.co/C3T6KIbpSV
White House History @WhiteHouseHstry - 2018-11-30
📷 Credit:
1-2 Matthew D'Agostino / WHHA
3 Terry J. Adams / National Park Service
4 George H. W. Bush Presidential L… https://t.co/8NF5kwS0vn
White House History @WhiteHouseHstry - 2018-11-22
President Dwight D. Eisenhower holds the neck of a 40-pound Thanksgiving dinner turkey presented to him by the Nati… https://t.co/k9xPEWON75
Prisma @ImperialJPNfan - 2018-11-13
On November 11th, Princess Hisako visited the 70th Annual Exhibition of Shōsō-in Treasures at the Nara National Mus… https://t.co/CLjh92vfni
korol @__korol - 2018-11-11
...there's still a 30 minute queue for the nara national museum. Those treasures must really be worth seeing.
korol@京都 @__korol - 2018-11-11
...there's still a 30 minute queue for the nara national museum. Those treasures must really be worth seeing.
korol@日本 @__korol - 2018-11-11
...there's still a 30 minute queue for the nara national museum. Those treasures must really be worth seeing.
korol@箱根 @__korol - 2018-11-11
...there's still a 30 minute queue for the nara national museum. Those treasures must really be worth seeing.
Team 8 Lounge @Team8Lounge - 2018-11-10
181101 Yomiuri Shimbun Evening Issue (Kansai Version)
Featured Hitomi Kotone, Nagano Serika & Harumoto Yuki on the… https://t.co/pJa9WMjiAO
俄フェレリスタ @NiwakaFerreris - 2018-11-05
I arrived at the Nara National Museum for The 70th Annual Exhibition of Shōsō-in Treasures. The exhibition is very… https://t.co/cwUuzqTIrQ
俄フェレリスタ @NiwakaFerreris - 2018-11-05
There is Hasso-An, a tiny tearoom, in Nara National Museum. https://t.co/EQjjOJxEEs
Arma Orientalis @ArmaOrientalis - 2018-11-02
Remnants of an ancient Chinese crossbow made during the Han dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD), with the bronze trigger mech… https://t.co/4rPpdkuljo
Andrew West @BabelStone - 2018-11-01
The Shōsōin is ceremoniously unsealed once a year, and a few precious objects are taken out to be put on display at… https://t.co/SJDyoPCIf7


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