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Top 10 Museums in Hiroshima Stimulate Your Interest

Today Hiroshima has been revived, and has become a city of culture and prosperity. True enough, Hiroshima has risen from the rubbles and is now a modern, colorful city with world famous cuisine, exciting nightlife and must-see museums. We have enumerated for you 10 of the outstanding museums in Hiroshima.

1. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

This museum made of concrete and glass features a collection of items preserved from the aftermath of the devastating bombing. While the visit will leave you feeling emotional and gloomy, it’s a must see if you are travelling to Hiroshima.

Before visiting, check out their website first for announcements as the museum us currently undergoing major renovations.

Address: 1-2 Nakajimacho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima
Hours: March-July and September-November 8:30-18:00; August 8:30-19:00; December-February 8:30-17:00 (Closed December 29 to January 1)
Entrance Fee: 50 Yen for Adults; 30 Yen for High School students; Free for Junior High School students and younger
Website: http://www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/index_e2.html

2. Hiroshima Museum of Art

Immerse yourself with masterpieces by Matisse, Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso without even travelling to Europe. This private museum has a vast collection of impressionist and modern art from Europe. The other half of the collections features oil paintings by Japanese artists.

Address: 3-2 Motomachi, Hiroshima
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 9:00-17:00 (Closed Mondays and December 29 – January 2)
Entrance Fee: 1,000 Yen for Adults; 500 Yen for High School students; 200 Yen for Junior High School students and younger
Website: http://www.hiroshima-museum.jp/en/

3. Mazda Museum

Mazda, one of Japan’s largest automobile companies, has their head office here in Hiroshima. For car enthusiasts, this tour offers an interesting look at Mazda’s history and its future in car technology in general.

Please note that advanced reservation is required online or by calling 082-252-5050.

Address: 3-1 Shinchi, Aki-gun, Fuchu-cho
Hours: Mondays to Fridays, English tour at 10:00, Japanese tour at 13:30
Entrance Fee: Free
Website: http://www.mazda.com/en/about/museum/

4. Honkawa Elementary School Peace Museum

Around 10 teachers and 400 students lost their lives in this elementary school when the atomic bomb dropped and this building was the closest school to ground zero.

Now, the building has been reconstructed and shows photographs of events after the bombing. It also features items salvaged from the devastation.

Address: 1-5-39 Honkawacho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima
Hours: Schedule varies, please call for reservation
Website: http://www.nhk.or.jp/hiroshima/hibakumap/e/spot/BD-0005.html

5. Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum

This museum is adjacent to the famous garden of Shukkeien. The vast museum houses a collection of 4,500 pieces of different themes. There’s also a restaurant on the first floor and a tea room on the third floor, both of which offers a relaxing view of Shukkeien Garden.

Address: 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Hiroshima
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00-17:00 (Closed Mondays and End of year)
Entrance Fee: 510 Yen for Adults; 310 Yen for College students; Free for High School students and younger
Website: http://www.hpam.jp/english/

6. Hiroshima City Transportation Museum

This fun museum provides interesting exhibits for car, train, ferry, tram, monorail and plane enthusiasts. There is also an area for kids to get a chance to ride some crazy and unique bicycles.

Address: 2-12-2 Chorakuji, Asaminami ku, Hiroshima
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00-17:00 (Closed Mondays and December 29 to January 3)
Entrance Fee: 510 Yen for Adults; 250 Yen for High School students; Free for Junior High School students and younger
Website: http://www.vehicle.city.hiroshima.jp/VEHICLE_HP/Contents/01_home/0100_top/pg_top.html

7. Hiroshima Children’s Museum

This is the city’s science museum for kids. It showcases interactive installations to subjects like astronomy and physics and is presented in a fun and educational way. There is also a planetarium, library and a museum shop.

Address: 5-83 Moto machi, Naka ku, Hiroshima
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00-17:00 (Closed Mondays, the day after a National holiday, and December 29 to January 3)
Entrance Fee: Free
Website: http://www.pyonta.city.hiroshima.jp/english/index.html

8. Hiroshima City Museum of History and Traditional Crafts

If you are interested in learning more about Hiroshima’s history and its local industries and art crafts, this museum is perfect for you. Although the museum only has Japanese explanation, there are a lot of visual dioramas and some interactive and hands on displays for children.

Address: 2-6-20 Ujinamiyuki, Minami-ku, Hiroshima
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00-17:00 (Closed Mondays, the day after a National holiday, and December 29 to January 3)
Entrance Fee: 100 Yen for Adults; 50 Yen for High School students; Free for Junior High School students and younger
Website: http://www.cf.city.hiroshima.jp/kyodo/

9. Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Japan’s first public museum for modern art, is located atop Hijiyama, a hill overlooking the city of Hiroshima. Even the view from outside the museum offers a panoramic view of the city.

The collections in this museum include modern art after the World War II, art works related to Hiroshima, and paintings by promising young Japanese artists.

Address: 1-1 HijiyamaKoen, Minami-ku, Hiroshima
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:00-17:00 (Closed Mondays and December 27 to January 1)
Entrance Fee: 370 Yen for Adults; 270 Yen for College students; 270 Yen for Senior High School students; Free for Junior High School students and younger
Website: http://www.hiroshima-moca.jp/en/

10. Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum

Located 460m from ground zero, more than 100 students and teachers in this school lost their lives in an instant on that unfateful day.

Part of the building’s west wing was preserved and is now known as Fukuro-machi Elementary School Peace Museum. It is a constant reminder to all of us about the devastating effect of war and a sober reminder not to take peace for granted.

Address: 6-36 Fukuromachi Naka-ku, Hiroshima
Hours: Daily, 10:00-17:00 (Closed Mondays and December 28 to January 4)
Entrance Fee: Free
Website: http://www.fukuromachi-e.edu.city.hiroshima.jp/sub7.htm

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