Nara National Museum

art museum in Nara, Japan

The Nara National Museum (奈良国立博物館, Nara-kokuritsu-hakubutsukan) or NNM[1] is one of the major art museums in Japan.[2] It is in Nara, which was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784.

Nara National Museum
Original Museum Building
Original Museum Building
LocationNara, Japan
TypeArt museum

The museum has art works and archaeological objects of Japan. In the collection, there is an emphasis on Buddhist art from the Nara area.[3]



NMN was established in 1889 as the Imperial Nara Museum (帝国奈良博物館). The museum held its first exhibition in 1895.[4]

The Museum was renamed the Imperial Household Museum of Nara.[4]

It has been known by its present name since 1952.[4]



  1. NNM is an English acronym. NNM stands for "Nara National Museum".
  2. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Nara kokuritsu hakubutsukan" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 699.
  3. IAI National Institutes for Cultural Heritage. (2007). Outline, p. 2 [PDF/p. 5 of 44]. Retrieved 2012-2-7.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Nara National Museum (NNM), About. Retrieved 2012-2-7.

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