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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
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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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Good collection, especially 19th century art, lovely Monets. Interesting building too by le Corbusier. And a good cafe!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
north yorkshire, england
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good collection, especially 19th century art, lovely Monets. Interesting building too by le Corbusier. And a good cafe!

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At first I was doubt to visit this Museum. I came to Japan to know Japan art-tradition, not Western art. But the children really wanted to visit it. And finally........ I satisfied :) I never imagine before that I could see the original paintings of Monet & Picasso! Many years ago I explored deeply about paintings according to my daughters... More 

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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated at the entrance of Ueno Park, 5-minute walking distance to Toei Subway Line Ueno Station and 1-minute to JR Ueno Station, the Museum is easily accessible by public transportation. Adjacent to shopping centres and eateries, the location make it and other attactions clustered in Ueno a fruitful day trip in Tokyo. Although a small Museum administered by non-Govt. staff,... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place gives a good quick overview of the different developments in Western art. They have some great paintings and especially the big collection of Monet paintings stands out. Great value for money and not too big. Good option to get out of the sun or rain for an hour or so.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good location if just have time for one museum Excellent painting + sculpture for 500+ Yen entrance fee

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Mumbai, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART, TOKYO Based on a bequest by the Matsukata Collection, the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, (NMWA), was set up in 1959 at the famed Ueno Park – the largest park in Japan and home to several great museums. The NMWA has since received numerous other gifts of artworks, and has also made several... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

It's such a small place yet it have wonderful artworks which rival against any good quality art museums,I do wish that the museum have chairs if they want to do life drawing here,do wish there's a cheap cafe and free wifi service in the museum

Thank Beth941
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

When I went to This beautiful museum , there held Caravagglo exhibition. I was fascinated his arts. Later on, the museum was added The word heritage. Next time, I want to see the archltecture carefully.

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

Kids won't like this place (unless they're already art lovers) but this is a good spot to browse when in Tokyo. Just received recognition as a World Heritage Site.

Thank Amya M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

The best western art museum I've visited and I'm not even exaggerating. The exhibitions have better quality than most of the art museums in North America.

Thank Ma W

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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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