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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
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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Stunning building with a wonderful art collection

Designed by Le Corbusier this is an inspiring building with an array of art to match, early European works through to a mass of Rodin and a room full of Monet. It really is a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Designed by Le Corbusier this is an inspiring building with an array of art to match, early European works through to a mass of Rodin and a room full of Monet. It really is a collection that any European gallery would be proud of. It's a shame you can't take pictures , more for the form and shape of the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a morning to fill and decided to go to one of the museums near Ueno. Having seen a banner about a le Corbusier exhibition at the National Museum of Western Art, we decided to go there. It was, therefore, a bit disappointing to discover that the "exhibition" consisted of a couple of wall panels full of Japanese text... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are large number of beautiful Western art pieces to see. It is curated really nicely and displayed extraordinarily well. Don't be surprised that in Tokyo this is an excellent place to see and understand Western Art. The building is very well designed to display art and lead you from one gallery to the next. There are many unique and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum might not have many famous paintings from western artist and yet it manages to consolidate a great interesting panorama of the western art from the early 1200 to the persent day, with paintings and sculpture. The Building, designed by Le Corubusier it's reason alone to visit this place as the exhibition will take your hand and make you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks 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 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

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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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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