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Nara National Museum

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To the east of Kofukuji at Nara Park is the Nara National Museum, which opened in 1895 to house invaluable Buddhist art and archaeological relics. It has since expanded into a second building.

Many masterpieces originally contained in Nara's many temples are now housed here, including Buddhist sculptures from various periods in Japan's history, paintings, masks, scrolls, calligraphy, roof tiles, and archaeological pieces obtained from temple ruins, tombs, and sutra mounds.

Unfortunately, although items are identified in English, explanations of their historical significance are not.

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Site Information
Names:Nara National Museum
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Nara, Japan
Coordinates:34.683189° N, 135.837653° E  (view on Google Maps)
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Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

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  1. Frommer's Japan, 7th edition.

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Title:Nara National Museum
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:10/27/2009
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