In the middle of Nara Park is the Nara National Museum.
It was originally called the Imperial Nara Museum, and opened in April 1895.
It is home primarily to works of art and archaeological artifacts related to Buddhist art, which is appropriate considering the location.
The building itself speaks of an earlier age. It is elegant and stately, and a short walk from the Prefectural Government Building, Todaiji Temple, and Kasuga Grand Shrine.
Nara National Museum
50 Noborioji-cho, Nara 630-8213 Japan
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM (last admission at 4:30 PM)
500 yen for adults
Extended Museum Hours
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM (last admission at 6:30 PM)
Fridays (from the end of April to end of October) as well as the following dates:
the forth Saturday of January (January 22, 2011), February 3, March 12, August 15, and December 17
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