Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima

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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. Use our Hiroshima trip maker app to add Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and other attractions to your Hiroshima vacation plans.
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  • Tears. Don’t avoid it. I did not weep until I saw the burnt silk children’s clothes in the exquisitely curated historical exhibition. You have to read Einstein’s letter to US President. Hiroshima is.....  more »
  • An important place to visit with your family and neighbors so that we can ensure the mistakes of the past are not repeated. WWII killed millions, many died here at the end of WWII.  more »
  • A great museum in memory of the terrible consequences of the atomic bomb. A must visit if you are staying in Hiroshima. It is an important reminder of the cruel incident that happened. May it never...  more »
  • Amazing museum that it's very moving. While it is an emotional experience, I highly recommend spending 2-3 hours here because the history is so exceptionally documented. There are English translations of almost every sign and the photographs, paintings and other media are very well presented. A very tasteful museum for an event that is sometimes hard to talk about.
  • Full on and very moving experience. We went early in the day and i am glad we did, it would be hard to spend 3 hours here after a day of sightseeing. It takes a lot of emotional energy, and was incredibly draining and heartbreaking to read so many personal accounts. I would recommend doing some of your own research, especially about more complex things like the Potsdam Declaration, as there is more to it than was told in the museum. Overall, amazing and powerful experience.
  • Up there with one of the best museums I have visited in the world. Would highly recommend coming early as later in the day the number of tourists and school children increase. Make sure to also spend some time walking around the gardens and monuments outside.
  • A powerful and emotive story told carefully and truthfully. There were no indications of blame or 'sides', just a clear message the event should never be repeated. It will make most people feel very uncomfortable, but we'll worth pushing yourself out of your comfort zone to learn and understand the real and devastating impact of war
  • You can't go wrong as the price of this museum is only 200yen when I visited. The museum covers a large amount of area and is very well spaced out. There is a lot of reading so be prepared for that. The staff there were very helpful and seemed to be always smiling. There was a gentleman who had a chat to my partner and I about the English signs and asked us where we were from. He gave us each a paper crane and left a lasting impression. Also, the museum has a very somber vibe and is very quiet. There were a few people crying when I visited so it may not be for those of you who are easily brought to tears or young children.

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