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National Museum of Western Art

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

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Worth the time , to spend a good day here

We were intrigued to see the Golden exhibit in Jan and were not disappointed from the Greeks, to the Romans, through the ages. With Jewelry and art works. From then we moved on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Perth, Australia

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were intrigued to see the Golden exhibit in Jan and were not disappointed from the Greeks, to the Romans, through the ages. With Jewelry and art works. From then we moved on to their permanent exhibitions and their collection is amazing. We spent the best part of our day just strolling around looking at Klimt, Van gogh, Picasso's ....... More 

1 Thank pentacles22
New York City, New York
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

While the National Museum of Western Art doesn't have the largest collection I've seen, it is absolutely worth a visit. The permanent collection has several galleries of paintings, some by ultra-famous European artists (Renoir, van Gogh, Gauguin, etc) and some by lesser-known artists, with a sort of well-rounded approach to showing different styles or periods. It is fun to see... More 

4 Thank Rachel M
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Be prepared for hours of 'blindness' brought upon by the extensive collection of gold and be surprised by the excellent workmanship- very well displayed and documented. Fee applied for adult only and my 2 kids(16 & 8 yo) had free admission, both of them were given 'junior passport' - showing highlights of the exhibition and the floor plan. The passport... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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292 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 502 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

This is a special exhibit of gold jewelry and artifacts from at least 1,500 BC. The jewelry was intricately designed and in excellent shape. We appreciated reading information in English. In regard to the permanent collection, most of the paintings were from French impressionists. There is a painting that is attributed to Vermeer but it is atypical of his later... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

It seems weird seeing Monet and Rodin in Tokyo, but this art museum is well worth the time. At the moment the building is being renovated and they "only" have the best on view. Tough. But I survived! It was a delightful sampling of European Art History. I totally enjoyed it in spite of the surprisingly grumpy entrance personnel and... More 

Thank Library flower
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Just saw the Gold exibit there. What an incredible place to house such a large and opulent display of gold artifacts throughout history. Easily accessed from Ueno Park and 2 minutes from Ueno Station. Great museum!

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New Haven, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Most of the works presented are French, especially Rodin, Manet and Monet... They are not the best by these artists, but worth seeing anyway. Also some works by Japanese artists, many of whom had lived in France and were influenced by French artists of their time. Well worth seeing if you want to know what the Japanese are interested in,... More 

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Southern Poland, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

another museum with paintings of different artists. Once a month there is free entry- it's worth it to know when.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Besides their permanent collection, they were hosting an exhibit on gold. The very creatively displayed paintings that had themes related to gold and mythology next to gold artefacts.

Thank stefkes
newbury, berkshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Amazing building (Corbusier) with a great collection of medieval through modern work. Highly recommended oasis In this busy park, with good cafe as well!

Thank crookhamcommon

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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.
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