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The National Art Center, Tokyo

7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo Prefecture 106-8558, Japan
+81 3-5777-8600
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Ranked #13 of 91 attractions in Minato
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
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Tokyo, Japan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I love the interior and exterior architecture of The National Art Center. The museum has cafes sitting on inverted concrete cones and on the first level you can relax in the rocking chairs along the glass windows (It would be a great place to sit and read or take a rest during your city explorations). The gift shop was packed... More

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Seoul, South Korea
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Great building with good sized galleries, but depends on what's on. Also, as it seems there is no permanent collection it can be expensive.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is a great building, but probably not great enough to be worth the trip. Frankly I did not understand why it was virtually closed, it seems that only art with a entrance fee is allowed. I say be progressive, by all mean charge for entrance, but I thought the vast unused spaces should be given over to talent even... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

I've seen some fascinating exhibits here, the kind that originate in great museums from around the world and don't always make it to NYC. From Russia, from the Netherlands -- you can tell there is a European bent to the curating. It's worth going for the architecture alone -- the tall glass outer wall undulates, creating an open, modern and... More

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I spent an hour here and I can imagine you’ll have a good time if you like what exhibits are showing her, but when I went it was artworks submitted by amateurs, and the whole atmosphere had a barren feel as compared to other art museums I’ve been to, so I wasn’t too impressed

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Housed in an architecturally beautiful building, which in itself is worth a look, this art museum offers a wide range of exhibitions. Check locally for what is on but as a guide there is normally one that is free ... the others require payment to enter. Our free exhibition was many large halls that housed a vast variety of works... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Very beautiful art museum, just seeing the building is worth the trip. There are many large exhibition halls and the exhibits will vary, of course. Several excellent exhibits when we were there, modern paintings and superb photography. The Japanese seem to have a great interest in calligraphy, and there were several such exhibits when we were there. Personally I cannot... More

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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The wave glass architecture is beautiful. The interior design is good, too. Their official website is informative. I visited the Divisionism exhibition. It was amazing. I had a tasty lunch in the French restaurant on the third floor. The view was nice. I saw the Tokyo Tower from the window.

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New York, New York
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Who ever heard of an Art Museum Closed during the 2 busiest sightseeing weeks of the year. If you are interested in contemporary - especially from Japan - one of the great centers of contemporary art - plan accordingly

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

I hadn't been to a museum in years in Tokyo because of the crowds...it would be hard to see the art and I would feel pressured to keep moving. I had a very pleasant surprise when a friend took me there. First, the building is a work of art itself by the late architect Kisho Kurokawa, with its graceful waves... More

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