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Nagasaki Museum of History & Culture

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This large museum with attractive displays focuses on Nagasaki's proud history of international exchange. Additionally, there's a fabulous, detailed reconstruction of a section of the Edo-period Nagasaki Magistrate's Office, which controlled trade and diplomacy. Be sure to get the free English-language audio guide.

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