Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum designed by Mr. Kenzo Tange, opened in 1955, aiming to convey the reality of the damage incurred by an atomic bomb to people around the world, and to contribute to the abolition of nuclear weapons and the realization of everlasting world peace.
At 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, Hiroshima became the world's first city destroyed by an atomic bomb. The bomb destroyed most of the city and claimed many lives. Some victims, who barely survived, also terribly suffered both mentally and physically, and many of these survivors are still suffering.
The Peace Memorial Museum has collected and exhibited victims' mementos and photos as well as materials that show the devastating damage caused by the A-bombing. It introduces the history of Hiroshima before and after the bombing and the situation of the nuclear age.
The museum also holds lectures on the experiences of the A-bombing by survivors and lends out materials for peace education.
The museum was designated as an Important Cultural Asset of Japan in July, 2006, for the first time as post-war architecture.
The East Building of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which had been under renovation since 2014, was reopened on Wednesday April 26, 2017.
With the completion of the East Building work, the Main Building is now closed for renovation and permanent exhibit reorganization.
While the Main Building is closed, visitors are invited to see for free both our temporary exhibition, Outline of Atomic Bomb Damage, which is on the first floor of the East Building, and the displays of artifacts and other items that convey the reality of the atomic bombing in the New Arrivals Exhibits on the first basement level. The renovations should be completed and the Main Building reopened by July 2018.
Curatorial Division, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum