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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 - 8:00 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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A surprise in the Japanese capital

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
New Haven, CT
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New Haven, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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.

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newbury, berkshire
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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!

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

On the day I went, visitors were given free admission maybe because a permanent exhibition section was closed so there was not much to see. In my opinion, this art museum is rather small and really for serious art lovers. However, there were some lovely pieces by artists I had not known.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

If you love art, go and see this place... a great collection of French Impressionist art along with heaps of other stuff. Cheap admission, a good break from doing strictly Japanese stuff. Situated in a nice park, pleasant place just to people watch and have a coffeee before getting back into the crowds...

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Holiday, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Upon entering the forecourt, one is greeted by several bronze sculptures by Rodin including "The Thinker" and "The Gates of Hell." There are other Rodins in a small gallery by the front desk. Upon entering, the route to follow is plainly marked with ramps and stairs but there is an elevator. The paintings range in date from the 14th century... More 

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Feilding, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This museum is really worth a visit if you enjoy old masterpieces, great sculptures, photos and modern art as well, with English signage, in a relaxed atmosphere, with seating in the galleries and an easy to follow route. It was raining outside so was a great place to spend time browsing, but don't forget to have a close up look... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

This art museum is just so incredible that I can't even describe. A great collection of western art with great staff. Watch out: the museum (same as many things in Japan) is closed on New Years holiday.

Thank Vitor S
Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I visited the permanent collection of the National Museum of Western Art on a rainy day. It was time well spent as an art lover I find the museum collection a great one. The exhibition is well organized between two floors. The building hosting the museum in itself is an historical architectural example made by famous architect Le Corbusier. It... More 

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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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