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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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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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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

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Connecticut
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW 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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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Las Pinas
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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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Pyongyang, North Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

great collection. so many monets and rodins under one roof. not to be missed. the collection is well displayed. what i liked also was that there were not too many halls or paintings, just about three or four. so one can enjoy the collection, without having to rush to cover everything. the museum is set amidst beautiful gardens.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The art museum has a great collection of paintings and sculptures. The route starts off with sculptures and then goes up a ramp to the story of the collection. In my opinion, one of the coolest aspects of the museum is this story. How the art was collected, lost, and then returned by France. The paintings are great. It doesn't... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This museum has a wonderful collection of Western Art in a beautiful building with lots of air and light. It was an afternoon well spent. It is free to those over 65.

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Paris
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This museum does have a number of nice pieces, including Rodin, Renoir, .... but overall it is not one of my favourite musea in Tokyo.

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Staying in Ueno, Asakusa

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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.