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The National Museum of Art, Osaka

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I always visit when I am in town

Went to see the Christian Boltanski exhibit and it was well worth the trip. I love this museum and... read more

Reviewed April 29, 2019
Englewood, Colorado
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There are some nice items in the collection, but as a national museum this is truly underwhelming... read more

Reviewed January 16, 2019
Hong Kong, China
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Apr 29, 2019
“I always visit when I am in town”
Jan 16, 2019
“Underwhelming ”
【Exhibitions Schedule】 "New Wave: Japanese Contemporary Art of the 1980s" "Collection 2: The 1980s Zeitgeist as a Point of Departure" November 3, 2018-January 20, 2019 * Year-end and New year holidays : Dec. 28, 2018-Jan. 4, 2019 * The museum will...more
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4-2-55 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0005, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6447-4680
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is literally the only museum I’ve been to in the last decade that enforces a strict no photography policy on their permanent collection. This is really archaic, unenlightened thinking on the part of a contemporary art museum. You cannot take a photo anywhere inside...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed May 3, 2019 via mobile

The National Museum of Art is located in a brilliant building and worth the visit just to see that. I was spoilt with being able to see the amazing exhibition of ‘Christian Boltanski’ that was on at the time, totally memorising. Check to see what...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 29, 2019 via mobile

Went to see the Christian Boltanski exhibit and it was well worth the trip. I love this museum and every exhibit that I have seen there has been excellent, beautifully installed, and well written text panels. For me, it’s always worth going there to see...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 5, 2019

The museum is gorgeous and well designed, but the art is just so bad. There was maybe two pieces of art that was impressive. The whole time we were wondering if it was a joke or something.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Wyetro
Reviewed January 16, 2019 via mobile

There are some nice items in the collection, but as a national museum this is truly underwhelming. Not that much is on display, and not much effort to engage the visitor. Some English information, but at the room and not item level. Audio guide available...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

I think the museum is worth a visit if you are in Osaka. For a start, it’s a nice building in a small island which is the cultural hotspot of the city. The permanent collection is quite small so you can see everything quite quickly....More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Viridiana2012
Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

First of all, modern contemporary art which is displayed at this museum is not everybods cup of tea. Also, we found that most of the installations did not impress us, only a few pf the installations were somewhat interessting to us. Of course, personal taste...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank Tommy S
Reviewed February 22, 2018 via mobile

This is a modern/contemporary art museum, so if that is not up your alley, you won't like this I like and prefer modern art, but even for me, their current 40th anniversary exhibition is hard to like. Not sure if they had a permanent/better collection,...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank bcheong
Reviewed October 9, 2017 via mobile

This gallery is provincial at best and in no way a national gallery. In contrast, the nearby Museum of ceramics is outstanding.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank John S
Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

Waist of time the collection is very small. Not impresive.w did not see the babel collection maybe it is worth visiting.

Date of experience: October 2017
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