Hiroshima Museums

(Hiroshima, Chugoku, Western Honshu, Japan)

Picture showing the entrance to the Peace Memorial MuseumHiroshima is well-known for its excellent museums and any trip to this city should not overlook the artistic collections on offer here. The Peace Memorial Museum is a must-visit, for the insight it gives into Hiroshima's dark past as the site of an atomic bomb during WWII.

Other excellent museums around Hiroshima include the rather unexpected City Comics Library, and the family-orientated Culture and Science Museum for Children. The city's main museums are detailed below.

Further photo of the Peace Memorial Museum

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Address: 1-2 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Japan, JP
Tel: +81 082 241 4004
This museum will likely spoil your day, yet is a fascinating and important addition to the Hiroshima Memorial Park. The collections and exhibits on display cover accounts given by atomic bomb victims and there are many photographs showing the unthinkable aftermath of the atomic bombing. Exhibits also cover Hiroshima's pre-atomic bomb history and the nuclear age. This museum should be at the top of your itinerary.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge, discount for students

Health Sciences Museum

Address: 386 Sendamach, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, 730 0052, Japan, JP
Tel: +81 082 246 9100
This museum is intended to promote health, and although not a major attraction, it can be a good indoor activity if you have some extra time on your hands. Interactive exhibits ensure that the Health Sciences Museum will catch the attention of children as well as adults, with videos and models guiding you through the human body.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discount for children

Hiroshima City Comics Library

Tel: +81 082 261 0330
Not really a museum as such, the Hiroshima City Comics Library is a fascinating collection of almost 80,000 comics and comics-related materials. Visitors can trace the history of Japanese comics at the library, with hundreds of comics representing each era since comics have been in existence. The library allows members to read the books inside the building or in the park adjacent, while you can also borrow comics according to library regulations.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 17:00
Admission: no charge

Culture and Science Museum for Children

Address: 5-83 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, 730-0011, Japan, JP
Tel: +81 082 222 5346
A great attraction for all the family, the Culture and Science Museum for Children is known for its hands-on exhibits. Those with an interest in all things astronomical will be sure to enjoy the huge planetarium, where regular shows take you around the solar system and beyond.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge