Renovation plan for Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is approved

by Hiromi Morita, Staff Writer

A committee commissioned by the City of Hiroshima to review the exhibits at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum approved the interim draft of a renovation plan for the museum on March 11. The plan calls for the museum layout to be altered so that visitors can enter and leave at the East Building while the exhibits in the Main Building will convey the reality of the atomic bombing from a human perspective.

The museum will consist of three zones: “Introductory Exhibits,” “The Reality of the Atomic Bombing from a Human Perspective,” and “The Peril of Nuclear Weapons and the Path Hiroshima Has Taken.” Two spaces will also be included for visitors to reflect on their thoughts and feelings after touring the museum.

The plan assumes that, with this new route, visitors will first spend 5~10 minutes studying the introductory exhibits in the East Building. They will then proceed to the Main Building where they can touch the reality of the devastating power of the atomic bomb and its harm to human beings through artifacts from the victims and recorded testimonies and drawings from the survivors. Finally, visitors will return to the East Building to learn about current conditions and dangers involving nuclear weapons programs in the world as well as Hiroshima’s path toward reconstruction and its efforts for peace.

A total of 19 people, including academic experts and A-bomb survivors, took part in the committee meeting. Based on previous discussions by the committee, as well as input from a special sub-committee meeting in April 2008, the plan was drafted. Another sub-committee on “A-bomb testimonial activity” is also set to hold discussions in the future. The City of Hiroshima intends to confirm its plan for the museum within the 2009 fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2010.

(Originally published on March 12, 2009)

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