The Nara National Museum (奈良国立博物館) is yet another sight that can be appreciated in the spacious Nara Park. As an art museum, it displays historical art and sculptures from ancient times. You can find many forms of Buddhist art here as well.
Nara National Museum first opened its doors back in 1889 and survived both World Wars without considerable damage. It still remains in its original building, although a new wing to display more art has been added since then.
Nara National Museum lies very central and close to the famous Todaiji Temple (東大寺), making it easily possible to combine the two. In addition to the temple’s own museum, the National Museum features special art from Todaiji in fall of every year.
On the way to the museum, you will encounter dozens of deer that will happily lead you to your destination.
Below I’ll give you necessary information on opening hours, access and such.
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Opening Hours & Admission Fee
- Open from 9:30 – 17:00 (longer on Fridays, Saturdays and other specially selected days); last entry until 16:30
- Closed every Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is a National Holiday)
- Admission fee is 520 Yen (4,40€/$4.86; exchange rate as of August 2019) for the whole museum
How to get to Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum is centrally located in Nara Park.
To get there, you can either take a pleasant walk from either Kintetsu or JR Nara Station. This will take 15 or 30 minutes respectively.
Alternatively, you can ride the bus from either station and get off at the Himuro Shrine/National Museum bus stop.