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National Museum of Western Art
Ranked #5 of 443 things to do in Taito
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Lots of advertising for an El Greco exhibition, 50 paintings, which is an exhibition not to miss. Arrived over the public holiday weekend and the gallery is closed for refurb. There was nothing about the closure at tourist info and lots of people turning up for the exhibition and very disappointed.

Given that this was a sell out in Osaka according to Time out and so advertised I am stunned that it was closed for a full week and on a public holiday.

Common guys up your game...was so looking forward to the opportunity to see this exhibition as love his work and unlikely to see this many paintings in one site on this side of the world.

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Ueno Park is an enjoyable excursion while in Tokyo. We were there during a weekend, and there were lots of locals out on a sunny day. The National Museum of Western Art provides an interesting and relaxing break. The Le Corbusier building proves an interesting setting for the art, featuring mid-twentieth century design. While the art collection is not extensive, it does contain works from a number of well known artists. The impressionist collection is very good, and contains several Monet works.

Considering the crowds and fast pace of Tokyo in general, this museum is calm, easy to manage, and provides a very nice respite from the energy outside. The small and manageable size was a positive aspect of my visit. Even if you take your time, the entire collection is viewable in a couple of hours. I'd highly recommend the cafe of the premises. We stopped there for a cool drink after our museum tour, and found the setting and service impeccable.

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Reviewed January 8, 2013

It's a plus that you don't have to pay to see everything as Rodin's work is on display outside of the museum and you are allowed to take pictures of it and with it. Also you can enter the museum and only have to pay for some of the display areas which was wonderful since I didn't have to pay for the stuff I didn't want to see (although the prices were good)

1  Thank Zarah_Hime777
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

The National Museum of Western Art is housed in a beautiful, purpose built building. It is not a huge or sophisticated collection, but it has nice variety and several high quality works. It has a some excellent impressionist paintings including a lovely "Water Lilies" by Monet, a beautiful "Yellow Irises" by the same artist, a breathtaking little "Roses" by Van Gogh, and some other gems. The gallery has a really fine collection of Rodin sculptures, covering the breadth of his career, and including several major works out in the front of the building ("The Thinker", "The Burghers of Calais" and "The Gates of Hell"). The nice thing about the gallery, apart from its beautiful design as a venue, is that it easy to cover in a relaxed couple of hours, with art that spans the last 6 centuries. There are limited modern works, including a few Picassos. There is no Japanese or Asian Art, just Western Art (hence the name of the museum!).
The Gallery is very close to the JR Ueno Station (just outside the "Park Exit"). There are usually 2 exhibits, the general exhibit (housing the permanent collection) which has 420 yen admission, and a special exhibition, which changes periodically, and usually has an entrance fee. The current exhibition is Rodin and Bourdelle and costs 800 yen. The gallery has coin lockers which cost 100 yen to rent, and your coin is returned to you at the end. There is a shop and a cafe, as well as lounge areas, and places to relax and enjoy the beautiful vistas through the Gallery's windows.
This is not a "Japanese" cultural experience, but it's a great place if you love art or if you want a quiet place to relax.

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Reviewed October 2, 2012

All that Japanese art can bog you down if your an art lover. I am not an art lover and while I enjoyed the exhibit, I found myself missing the Japanese period art.

1  Thank Chris S
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