A Meaningful Travel: Hiroshima Museums

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Travelling around Japan is uniquely interesting as there is just so much to learn, namely the different Japanese culture and food which differs from region to region.

The current lifestyle traveller wants to visit iconic places around Japan, and museums are likely to be given a pass when the topic is brought up. This article touches on the museums in Hiroshima, where a lot can be learned by the current generation.

A scale model showing the atomic bomb over Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima is home to over 12 museums which include aspects of history, military, transportation, culture, modern art, handicraft and automobiles. With so many choices, you probably need a week to see all the museums here. Let’s find out some of the museums here and what they offer.

A UNESCO landmark, the memorial museum in Hiroshima.
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1. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

This is the one main museum that everyone must visit in Hiroshima. This popular museum documents the WWII atomic bombing tragedy in Hiroshima with all kinds of exhibits, artefacts and even talks. The outside of the museum is a great place to explore as well, and a perfect place for photography.

Address: 1-2 Nakajimachō, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0811, Japan
Tel. no.: +81 82-241-4004
Website: www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp
Opening hours: 8.30 AM – 6.00 PM
Admission fee: 200 yen (adults), 100 yen (high school students), free for 15 years old and below

Entrance of the museum of art in Hiroshima.
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2. Hiroshima Museum of Art

Built in 1978, the Hiroshima Museum of Art showcases European impressionist and modern Japanese art. In May 2018, a special theme called ‘Cats full of Cats’ exhibition is ongoing till 24th June 2018. If you love all things cats, this is a great place to visit. There is also a quiet courtyard for those who need some time alone.

Address: 3-2 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011, Japan
Tel. no.: 81 82-223-2530
Website: www.hiroshima-museum.jp
Opening hours: 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Admission fee (only for permanent exhibition): 1,300 yen (adults), 1,000 yen (senior high school students), 600 yen (junior high and elementary school students)

The modern design inside the art museum in Hiroshima.
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3. Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum

The Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum was founded in 1968 and this museum offers exhibits by regional and local artists. Exhibitions range from early 20th Century art to even popular cartoon characters like Shaun the Sheep and many others. It’s a fun and interesting museum to spend a few hours. Among the facilities, there is a beautiful garden, a souvenir shop and a cafe that serves food and drinks.

Address: 2-22 Kaminoborichō, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014, Japan
Tel. no.: +81 82-221-6246
Website: http://hpam.jp/
Opening hours: 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Closed: Mondays
Admission fee: 510 yen (adults), 310 yen (college students), free for 15 years old and younger

Hiroshima’s contemporary art museum.
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4. Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Called MOCA, the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art is a beautiful museum which exhibits works by Japanese and international contemporary artists. This museum was opened in 1989 and is located in Hijiyama Park, and doubles as one of the amazing places to catch the sakura or cherry blossom flower season. There is also an open-air exhibition, an interesting sculpture section, a Japanese Manga Library, a cafe, souvenir shop and the Hijiyama Sky Walk for beautiful views.

Address: 1-1 Hijiyamakōen, Minami-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0815, Japan
Tel. no.: +81 82-264-1121
Website: http://hiroshima-moca.jp/
Opening hours: 10.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Closed: Mondays
Admission fee: 300 yen (adults), 200 yen (university students), 150 yen (high school students), 150 yen (65 and over)

The solid structure of the children’s museum here.
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5. Hiroshima Children’s Museum

This is a special children’s museum that features interactive science exhibitions, model trains and an interesting planetarium on the top level of the museum. If you are travelling with kids, this is the place to bring them for some learning and fun activities.

Address: 5-83 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima, 730-0011, Japan
Tel. no,: +81 82-222-5346
Website: http://pyonta.city.hiroshima.jp
Opening Hours: 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Closed: Mondays, new year holidays
Admission (only for Planetarium): Free for children, 250 yen (high school student), 510 yen (adults), 250 yen (65 years and older)

One of the rare Mazda racing cars at the museum.
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6. Mazda Museum

For fans of the Mazda car, there is an automobile museum focusing on Mazda’s history which includes the entire collection of Mazda cars, the technological sector and there are also tours on the production line. It is very interesting, considering if you love automobiles and Mazda. Do take note that you have to

Address: 3-1 Shinchi, Fuchū-chō, Aki-gun, Hiroshima-ken 735-0028, Japan
Tel. no.: +81 82-252-5050
Website: http://www.mazda.com/en/about/museum/
Opening Hours: 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Closed: Weekends, holidays
Admission fee: Free
Reservation: Required (via phone call or email)

A museum for weather in Hiroshima.
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7. Hiroshima City Ebayama Museum of Meteorology

The Ebayama Museum was established in 1879 and is one of the oldest museums in Japan. This unique meteorology museum features exhibits on weather and all things about weather forecasting. If you are looking for a different type of museum, this is the place to visit.

Address: 1 Chome-40-1 Ebaminami, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0835, Japan
Tel. no.: +81 82-231-0177
Website: http://ebayama.jp/
Opening hours: 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Admission fee: 100 yen (adults), 50 yen (65 years and older, high school students), free for elementary students and children

The concrete architecture of the Izumi Museum.
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8. Izumi Museum of Art

This museum highlights many different works of art ranging from Chinese to Japanese. You can find modern contemporary paintings, watercolour, photography, writing and many other forms of art on exhibition. They have a few exhibition rooms and the exhibits change regularly. I recommended this for those who like art in general.

Address: 2-3-1 Shoko Center, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
Tel. no.: +81 82-276-2600
Website: http://www.izumi-museum.jp/
Opening Hours: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Closed: Mondays
Admission fee: 300 yen (adults), 150 yen (high school & college students), free for 15 years old & younger

One of the trams at the Numaji Museum.
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9. Numaji Transportation Museum

This is a fun museum to visit especially if you love transportation. At the Numaji museum, you can find model cars, trucks, trains, ships, a futuristic city and many other unique things to do for both adults and kids. The museum is located out of Hiroshima main city area, but a fun place to visit.

Address: 2-12-2 Chōrakuji, Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 731-0143, Japan
Tel. no.: +81 82-878-6211
Website: http://www.vehicle.city.hiroshima.jp/
Opening Hours: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Closed: Mondays
Admission fee: 510 yen (adults), 250 yen (15 – 18 years old, 65 years & older)

Children having fun at the transportation museum in Hiroshima.
Image credit: Wikipedia

Museums are a great place to learn and understand about a country, but it is not visited by many tourists nowadays due to rush itineraries and schedules. It used to be one of the popular places for travellers to visit, and across Japan, there are many interesting and even quirky museums to explore waiting for you to explore!

David Hogan Jr
David Hogan Jr
A multiple award-winning travel writer, blogger and social media enthusiast. He has been traveling to Japan since 1990 and all over the world for his work. His work has been featured on CNN Travel, Yahoo Travel, Lonely Planet and many other publications. David writes at: http://malaysia-asia.my and is on social media platforms as @MalaysiaAsia

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