Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum is located in Nara Park which is famous for temples such as the Todaiji and Kohukuji. The museum is dedicated to presenting and spreading Buddhist art through speeches and publicity.
The museum has two wings, the gallery on the west side contains a refined collection of Buddha statues, while the new gallery on the east side exhibits sculptures, paintings, and calligraphy. The collection of paintings and calligraphy is changed every month.
The Shosoin Exhibition is held in autumn every year in this museum. The Shosoin is a wooden warehouse with a raised floor that belongs to Todaiji Temple. It was constructed in the 8th century and has kept more than 9,000 treasures of Japan and foreign countries. They, however, show only about 70 items each year.
Kintetsu-Nara or JR-Nara station, or Himurojinja-Kokuritsuhakubutsukan bus stop
Adult 700 yen, College student 350 yen, free under high school
From 9:30 to 17:00 (20:00 on Friday and Saturday. Last entry: 30 minutes before closing time)
Closed on Mondays