Photo/IllutrationVisitors look closely at the new exhibition at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in the city’s Naka Ward on April 25, after the main building’s renewal work was completed. (Koichi Ueda)

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HIROSHIMA--Visitors packed the newly expanded and renovated Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum on April 25, after it reopened following a four-and-a-half year renewal project of the main building.

The items on exhibit have been changed considerably for the first time in a quarter of a century.

They aim to convey what happened right after the dropping of the atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945, and the pain and suffering of the hibakusha and their bereaved families to those who have never experienced war.

“We are relieved to see many visitors observing the exhibition with keen interest," said Hironobu Ochiba, 42, a curator at the museum. “We would like to continue to seek better ways of displaying the items while listening to people’s opinions.”

As 74 years have passed since the atomic bombing, how to preserve the collection that were left ravaged due to the blast is one of the key concerns. The lights in the museum have been dimmed to protect the fragile materials from further deterioration.

The museum staff is also considering rotating the items on exhibit.