Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Located in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, it was my second time visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum which was established in August 1955. It serves to not only commemorate the victims of the A-bomb tragedy that was happened to Hiroshima on 6th August 1945, but also advocates peace education. A popular school trip destination for Japanese school children, I highly recommend a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum if you’re in the city to understand its tragic past and its constant efforts to make the world a safer place today.

The museum showcases belongings and stories of victims of the A-bomb. The exhibits can prove to be rather disturbing and upsetting for some.

Before A-bomb was dropped
Pre-bomb Hiroshima
Overview of Hiroshima before the A-bomb was dropped on the city.
After A-bomb was dropped
Overview of Hiroshima city after the bombing
Overview of Hiroshima city after the A-bomb was dropped.

The city was totally wiped out by the bomb. Buildings were burnt to ashes and brought absolutely to the ground.

A  watch that stopped at the time of the atomic bombing.
A watch that stopped at the time of the atomic bombing.
Shirt that burnt
A shirt that burnt.

As visitors walk through the museum, you will also watch short films of testimonies by survivors, witness the damage done by the blast and radiation and Hiroshima’s road to recovery.

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Before (LEFT) VS After (Right)

Indeed, we walked out of the museum with heavy hearts. The suffering the victims endured and extent of damage the city suffered are beyond what anyone can imagine unless you’ve been through it yourself.

The museum’s aim isn’t to shift blame. It is unlike many of our history textbooks. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum only strives to educate visitors on the horror of nuclear weapons, the misery and damage that result from meaningless wars and the importance of peace.

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Useful links if you’re interested in visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum site

Japan Guide

Visit Hiroshima

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4 thoughts on “Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

  1. Packing my Suitcase

    I would love to go there!! This happening inspired me so much for my Master Degree, It has always been a dream working for the UN against nuclear weapons. I even did some internships but getting into the UN is really hard. I am very curious to see this museum closer 🙂 thanks for sharing this amazing tip.

    1. You would love this place then. It made me really sad when I visited it and it kinda alters your mood after too, but it’s such an important place to visit . I hope you’ll get the chance to visit!

      1. Packing my Suitcase

        I can imagine!! I felt the same way when I visited the former Dachau Concentration Camp here close to Munich. Kind of heavy, but it s a different experience that we all should have.

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