Nara National Museum

Gems of Buddhist Sculpture

Gems of Buddhist Sculpture

It is a national museum that opened in 1895 and has more than 120 years of history. The exhibition includes numerous national treasures and important cultural properties centered on Buddhist art. One of the exhibition halls, “Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall”, is a European-style building representing the middle of the Meiji era, and has been designated as an important cultural asset. It is one of the leading Buddha statue exhibition facilities in Japan where nearly 100 Buddhist statues can be viewed at any time. Special exhibitions, such as paintings and writings, archeology, and crafts, are held in the new wing from time to time. In the underground corridor where entrance is free, there are museum shops and restaurants that sell original goods.

Information

Address
50 Noborioji-cho, Nara, 630-8213
Access
15-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station or right in front of the “Himuro Jinja / Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan” bus stop on the Nara Kotsu City Loop Bus.
Phone
050-5542-8600
Hours
9:30 - 17:00 (last entry 16:30), Friday and Saturday 9:30-20:00 (last entry 19:30)
Holidays
Monday (following day when Monday is a public holiday)
New Year’s Day
Admission
Adults 520 yen
University Students 260 yen
High school students and below free.
Seniors over 70 years old, disabled certificate holders and accompanying caretaker free. *Admission for Special Exhibition varies by exhibitions.
Website
http://www.narahaku.go.jp/english/index_e.html