Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum reopens for Visitors

The City of Hiroshima in the west side of Japan had been widely known in history as the primary site devastated by the first ever atomic bombing towards the end of World War II. More than seven decades later, Hiroshima achieved an astounding recovery and is now regarded as one of the top tourist destinations all over Japan. The different historical spots in Hiroshima gained popularity among foreign travelers all over the globe as they memorialize the heartbreaking events that transpired 74 years ago with a powerful message that puts emphasis on the importance of world peace.

 

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Among the most remarkable tourist spots in the city is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. This museum was temporarily closed for renovation in 2017 in order to improve the exhibits and to make the construction more resistant to earthquakes. After a two-year hiatus, the local government has finally opened its doors to both local and foreign tourists last April 25, 2019. The reopening ceremony centered on the theme “Reality of the Atomic Bombing”. To formally welcome visitors during the said ceremony, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said that the renovated museum is the foundation of their activities to pay tribute to the victims of the nuclear bombing. He hopes that many Japanese and foreign tourists will recognize the pain and grief suffered by the casuallties and their families.

 

New exhibits are now being displayed at the Peace Memorial Museum. Majority of these items are personal belongings and objects with sentimental value for individuals who lost their lives during the U.S atomic bombing. By putting these personal items on display, the local government of Hiroshima aims to touch the hearts of visitors without the need of any textual explanation. An additional section also features foreign victims and prisoners of war who happen to be in Hiroshima at the time of the bombing. There are now a total of 538 exhibits put on view in the museum’s main area with a notable increase in the number of pictures being displayed.

 

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