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National Museum of Western Art

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Address: 7-7 Ueno Koen, Taito 110-0007, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-5405-8686
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Fri 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

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Completely unexpected. This museum packs a punch - loads of great art from many many styles and periods. All the big names are hear with beautiful works. There is not a lot... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Completely unexpected. This museum packs a punch - loads of great art from many many styles and periods. All the big names are hear with beautiful works. There is not a lot of English script to tell you about the paintings - but then its not really necessary.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

For under $5 this museum is awesome! A great selection of interesting pieces that cover a wide range of Western pieces, this medium sized collection was a real treat!!

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

Its small and cheap to get in but has quite a reasonable collection of western art. If you normally visit art galleries in other parts of the world, this is worth calling in to see, it won't take too long but they have a few interesting pieces to contrast against other galleries. We thought that some of the natural lighting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

As I wandered around I came across the worst Renoir I have ever seen, closely followed by a very ordinary Manet. Of course there was a nude by Courbet, but not nearly as explicit as the one in the D'Orsay. However, my faith was restored with Monet's, "Water Lilies." Yes, here is some Western Art, but there is a lot... More 

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Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

Started from private collection and some lovely pieces seldom seen by Westerners. Very pleasant venue. Bonus is that it is in Ueno Park with famous cherry blossoms

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

Its a relatively small gallery with a collection that is a must see if you love artists like Monet,Rodin,Renoir and Picasso. At 430 yen entry fee it was a bargain. If you are pressed for time you could see it in around an hour,we spent 2 hrs with no crowds.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

If you are in Ueon Park and have an hour to spare, definitely visit this museum. The collection is sensitive and uplifting, with some Rodin sculptures. Note: the paintings are hung low for the short Japanese. I have no objections to that. Just be advised.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a perfectly sized museum I feel in order to actually appreciate everything that is on offer. Firstly the price is very resonable just 430 yen and 80 yen discount if you have the Handy tokyo guide that is available free everywhere. The collection (which by the way has a very interesting story behind it)covers western art for the... More 

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Nz
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Must see if you are in the area. Nice museum, unlike all other attractions in Tokyo, this one was not overly busy. Very enjoyable and reasonably priced. I can not remember exactly but I think it was 500 yen.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

It has a great collection of exhibits and lots of special collections are displayed during the year. A good place to spend a whole morning or afternoon.

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.