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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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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum reviews
Visited here during our stay in Hiroshima. Everyone should and must visit this. The most emotional, thought provoking and humbling thing I've ever visited. All world leaders should be made to...
Visited here during our stay in Hiroshima. Everyone should and must visit this. The most emotional, thought provoking and humbling thing I've ever visited. All world leaders should be made to... more »
The museum is well maintained . You wind all around the upper floor to see photos and read about the day Hiroshima was bombed. The photos can be disturbing as they show how people were burned and...
The museum is well maintained . You wind all around the upper floor to see photos and read about the day Hiroshima was bombed. The photos can be disturbing as they show how people were burned and... more »
There were several unfortunate. Unfortunate things about this day. the.. the first was no one told us we could walk there from the train station. And we tried to get a taxi for which we waited almost.... more
There were several unfortunate. Unfortunate things about this day. the.. the first was no one told us we could walk there from the train station. And we tried to get a taxi for which we waited almost.... more »
This museum is documenting the complete history about impact and situation during atomic bomb in world war II. It was a devastating moment that i couldn’t even imagine. And the museum successfully capture all the moment. With lots of remains evidence/goods/clothes/ruins building being a showcase to remind us of how important peace needed in this world. It surely gave us a chill and bit a goosebumps as well. We can only feel silence in all the museum area. Somehow i felt that the time is stop in there. Memorable but sad at the same time. It’s a must historical site visit in Hiroshima.
Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial is a great place to visit if you’re having a day trip to Hiroshima during your Japan travels. It is a really valuable and emotion evoking experience. The museums offer a great amount of resources and information to educate yourself. The Memorial is incredibly beautiful and the vibe around park really helps you feel the gravity of what happened all those years ago on that unfortunate day and years to come. Definitely recommend experiencing this.
Everyone should try to visit this space at least once in their life. The first exhibition space is appropriately sobering, affecting and shocking, and is the highlight of the museum. I do have some comments about where I think things could be improved. The most important regards the use of euphemism in many of the descriptions, like describing Manchuria as “an independent state” or referring to the forced mobilization (what was essentially slavery) of many Koreans, Chinese, POWs, etc. without the use of the word “forced.” Another issue is more technical; some basic questions are never addressed, such as when and how the Hiroshima area became less radioactive. I think more context at the outset would help with a general understanding of the history. For example, it’s unclear why the youth of Hiroshima were pressed into tearing down homes (I can’t recall the name given to these units), unless you happen to read a very small panel at the very end of the museum that mentions that the purpose of this was to create firebreaks. Finally, the rationale offered for the use of the A-bomb could be discussed with more context. The notion that the expense of the project to develop the bomb was a major justification in its use is never really substantiated. Also, there’s no discussion of the moral dimensions of the emperor’s decision not to surrender after the first A-bomb was used. All that being said, it’s really something that must be seen and experienced. I commend the museum for dispensing with impartiality and taking clear positions against the use of WMDs and in favour of disarmament and arms control.
The focus on this museum is more on the victims and the impact on the city. There is not a lot of historical context (which would have been good), however as someone who loves museums (>100 visited in over a dozen countries, including over a dozen in Japan), and a lover of documentaries (I'm such a nerd), i was intrigued by the impact on the victims however felt the story telling was missing historical context and the omissions of certain events which led up to the horrific decision to destroy cities would have been more powerful. The pricing is sharp, but capacity control was poor (it was hard to move and people were crushed next to each other) - this would have been shameful for a first world museum prior to the pandemic, and is atrocious now, we switched from surgical masks to n95 masks shortly after entering the museum. I think you have to visit this museum, however in order to fully understand the impact of the destruction of the city, you need to understand the events prior to the bombing, this combined with the issue around crowding, I could only give this museum a 3* rating.
A sobering experience to be sure. A somber walk through an awful time in modern history. Went reasonably early in the morning and was still quite full, but nothing compared to a little later when the tour buses started turning up. Definately something everything should visit and take the time to walk though.
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