Nara National Museum

Travel Guide - Nara National Museum

Information

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 Hours

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

Closed

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

Access / Public Transport

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

Address / Location

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