Japan Hiroshima Downtown

Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum

Former school, preserved as a snapshot of the aftermath of the atomic bombing.

Photo of Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, Japan (Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum in Hiroshima, Japan by Kiyokun at English Wikipedia)

The Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum in Hiroshima is a place of remembrance and education about the atomic bombing. The museum, which incorporates the preserved ruins of the school, offers a moving exploration of the events of August 6, 1945, while advocating for peace.

About Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum

Hiroshima faced the unprecedented devastation of a nuclear attack on August 6, 1945. The Fukuromachi Elementary School, situated near the bomb’s hypocenter, was heavily damaged by the explosion. Remarkably, the school’s west wing, constructed with reinforced concrete, survived the blast and became a sanctuary for survivors.

The school, originally founded in 1873 and relocated to Fukuromachi where it was rebuilt in 1937, was a core part of the neighborhood when the bomb struck, claiming the lives of about 160 of its students and teachers. In the immediate aftermath, the school provided emergency aid, and its walls, covered in soot, became a message board for those seeking their missing relatives.

The Peace Museum, which opened in the surviving school structure in 2002, showcases the catastrophic impact of nuclear weapons. Exhibits feature items, photos, and documents from the bombing, including preserved messages that had been inscribed on the school’s walls. Alongside personal accounts, multimedia presentations and informational videos provide a broad perspective on the bombing’s consequences.

The museum is a place where visitors can confront the physical remnants of the attack and consider the critical message of peace. By sharing the stories of the students and teachers, the museum serves as a powerful illustration of war’s devastation and human resilience. Located in Fukuromachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, the museum is enveloped by the city’s broader peace narrative.

In essence, the Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum is a vital site for anyone seeking to understand the atomic bombing’s lasting legacy. It is a symbol of unwavering hope for a future without nuclear arms and a vocal advocate for the memories of Hiroshima’s victims.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum


Hiroden Hondori
 Hiroden Route 1 + 2 more

 about 5 minute walk (400m)

Hiroden Fukuro-machi
 Hiroden Route 3 + 2 more

 about 5 minute walk (300m)

 Astram Line

 about 5 minute walk (400m)

Hiroden Kamiya-cho-higashi
 Hiroden Route 2 + 3 more

 5-10 minute walk (500m)

Hiroden Kamiya-cho-nishi
 Hiroden Route 9 + 4 more

 5-10 minute walk (500m)

 Hiroden Route 6 + 3 more

 5-10 minute walk (600m)

Around Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum

Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum

History Museum in Hiroshima

open 9am - 5pm
closed Seasonal Dates


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