Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum provides information on level of crowds as visitors reach record high from April to July

by Hiroaki Watanabe, Staff Writer

The number of visitors to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, located in Naka Ward, has reportedly reached a record high of 619,246 in the months from April to July. This is up 2.2% from the same period in fiscal 2016, which marked a record high for the year. In the wake of former U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima in May 2016, there has been a continuous rise in visitors to the museum. To help visitors avoid the most crowded conditions, the museum began posting the state of congestion on its website on August 1 so that people can check these conditions in real time.

The number of visitors to the museum from April to July was larger by 13,418, compared to 605,828, the figure recorded in the same period during fiscal 2016, in which a total of 1,739,986 visitors toured the museum. This number for April to July is also up 24.5% compared to the same period in fiscal 2015, the year that marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The number of international visitors to the museum was 156,301, which was 3,144 more than in fiscal 2016.

To help address this congestion, the museum has installed one camera at the first floor entrance and another near “The Dangers of Nuclear Weapons” exhibit on the third floor of the east building. It has also begun providing a live webcast of the museum’s state of congestion on YouTube. The cost for this service is about one million yen.

In addition to this live webcast, the museum is also posting a daily prediction of the crowd level on its website, based on data from the past three years. The museum recommends that visitors check both the real-time webcast and the information on crowd levels posted online. The museum’s Outreach Division said that these measures will enable visitors to take their time viewing the exhibits during less congested hours. For details, visit the museum’s website at http://hpmmuseum.jp/.

(Originally published on August 2, 2017)