This museum is a certain destination for those visiting Nagasaki for the first time. It almost seems inconceivable that ... More
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
This museum is a certain destination for those visiting Nagasaki for the first time. It almost seems inconceivable that someone could have been to Nagasaki and not have visited this historic, educational and ultimately heart-breaking place. It is obviously devoted to Nagasaki's atomic holocaust, but there are displays on modern nuclear technology and concerns as well. Seeing the 900 or so artifacts will require some time, and you may certainly want to spend some considerable extra minutes in the video room or at the other video displays. Check out the website for hours of operation.
I found the museum to be be a very enlightening experience. As painful as it was to see what happened there, I think it was an important part of history and should be recognized for what it is. I admit that I was a little uncomfortable being the only American in the building, but I think that if you are in Nagasaki it is a valuable experience to have.
I must admit that this is a very heart-wrenching place to visit. However, my uneasy with the situation was completely off-set by the extremely friendly and receptive staff. This was despite the fact that I was the only Caucasian (and only non-Asian) in the place and that I happened to be wearing a commemorative D-day T-shirt (oops!) The exhibits have commentary written in both English and Japanese that is self-effacing and even self-deprecating (at least the English portion, that is.) The centerpiece of the exhibit is a circular, walk-around, topographical model of Nagasaki prefecture that is several meters in diameter. The model includes a very informative presentation with special lighting effects that demonstrate the stages of the atomic blast in painstaking detail. There is also a full-scale model of the atomic bomb ("Fat Man") used in Nagasaki and many items recovered from the ruins of Nagasaki. The scenes and images presented are very disturbing and, for this reason, are not recommended for those with a weak stomach -or even a full one.
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