Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima

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4.6/5 based on 4,000+ reviews on the web
For a sobering reminder of the horrors of nuclear warfare, visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. One of the museum's two wings details the history of Hiroshima, the development of and decision to use the bomb, and the following discussions surrounding nuclear warfare and disarmament. The other wing goes into detail about the devastating damage and longer-term effects of the bomb. Don't miss the A-Bomb dome on site, one of the few buildings in the area that has been left in the same condition since the day of the bombing. Plan to see Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our Hiroshima itinerary builder.
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  • This Place is heart-breaking... It's one thing to about what happened, but this place forces you to look behind the facts and instead look to what really counts: For those who have studied world war 2...  read more »
  • Very heartbreaking but informative, this memorial museum provides an up close and personal encounter with the actual events before, during and after the A-Bomb 
  • The peace memorial is beautiful and calls for remembrance. The Park is very quiet and gives off a particular emotion through the monument to children, the dome A, the flame and the Museum. Each monument has explanations, translated into English. Everything is very well maintained in order to remember this place of memory important in the history of the Japan.
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  • If you are in Hiroshima then I strongly recommend visiting this museum, however it should be made very clear that this is not a positive/uplifting/brighten your day type of museum. This is a museum that shows the impact of the Atomic Bomb in Hiroshima and so it might not be appropriate for all visitors and/or all occasions. It is important to note that the admission fee for this museum has been raised from ¥50 to ¥200 (for adults) since April 2016 to help cover the cost of upkeep of the museum. This price, which is about the price of a soda at a convenience store, is well worth the price of admission. It's also ensuring that the museum can keep its doors open and I'm happy to help with that. If you are visiting, however, please take note that this is a slow paced museum. What I mean by that is, people read the information very carefully and examine the objects which make it a place you move through very slowly. I do not recommend this museum for those who are trying to keep a very tight schedule on a particular day.
  • This war museum completely glosses over the facts leading up to the bombing. The exhibits will have you believe that the Japanese were innocent bystanders of WWII and that the Americans dropped the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki without provocation or reason. It's sad that innocent lives were lost, but Japan's determination to re-write history as if they were the victims of WWII is disgusting. To add insult to injury, this museum charges visitors a fee and has a gift shop. By sharp contrast, the Topography of Terror in Berlin is a totally free exhibition that shows visitors the horrors inflicted on Nazi victims. You won't find woeful tales of how the Nazis suffered because no one will stand for that BS. That exhibition in Berlin is actually stark and harrowing. A gift shop in a war museum is just disgusting capitalism and Japan should be ashamed.
  • Somber - not a light day at a museum. But very interesting. Very helpful staff that speaks great English. ¥200 to get into museum and ¥300 for an audio-tour. Takes about hour, hour half to get through - slow paced
  • You may find the contents of this museum difficult to swallow, but think about it like this: An hour is only 1/720,000th of your life. The effects of the bomb has lasted generations.
  • This is not an enjoyable museum, but if you are in the area do stop there. Currently only half of the museum is open, with the first part on the wider context leading to the bombing closed. The museum is really factual, interpretation is left to the visitor.
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