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The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is the most visited site in the city for both Japanese nationals and foreign visitors alike. The museum was officially opened in 1955 and serves to document, record and preserve artefacts, statistics and data relating to the Hiroshima A-Bomb as well as standing as a monument and promoter of peace and a nuclear free world.
A walk through the museum is bound to leave you numb and thoughtful and is an experience which will leave you asking yourself ‘Why?’ but is a must while in Hiroshima. In fact, to come to Hiroshima and not visit the museum would be a crime. Like Auschwitz in Poland and the Killing Fields in Cambodia, Hiroshima’s Peace Museum is one of those places in the world that people should be made to visit.
The museum is filled with the personal belongings of victims, photos and other interesting artefacts which all document the horrors of the fateful day in 1945 as well as the after effects on the city’s inhabitants and the resulting illness and radiation poisoning which continues up to this day. The photographs are especially sobering especially the graphic ones, depicting the injuries and burns inflicted on the people of Hiroshima. There are also exhibits dealing with life in Hiroshima before the war, the immediate aftermath of the bombing, Radiation damage and effects on health, structural and material damage and there is also a wing dealing with present day nuclear concerns and statistical information relating to nuclear weaponry.
Address: 1-2 Nakajimama-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City 730-08
Directions: From Hiroshima Station take streetcar no. 2 or walk for 20’. On your way back you can also use loop bus that stops in front of the museum
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