This museum is worth visiting if only to experience the building. It is so obviously an architect's dream project, and in many ways quite flawed. Huge glass walls, immense areas devoted to stairways, stone walkways and walls, expansive clear grain wood flooring [patina-ed into a uniform dimple pattern by the endless parade of stiletto heels] and an elevator that goes to the roof garden.
Don't miss the roof garden for a great view of the harbor. Plus the elevator exits on the roof into a glass box. The elevator in the main lobby is glass in glass, but the other [that rises to the roof garden] is a black box. It opens into the roof box and the effec of the black to light is an experience. Plus the glass box is airconditioned. All in all, an experience in non-eco-sensible, energy unaware, but still sweet. The sinks in the restrooms.... don't miss them!
Lunch in the cafe is a tad pricey, but the view is worth it. Great ambiance. Wonderful staff.
This place is not english friendly, but it surely is friendly. The art?
We caught a guest exhibit of holdings of ukiyo-e [woodblock prints; think the Great Wave of Kanagawa by Hokusai] from the Victoria and Albert in London. The permanent collection is a mixed bag.
All said, we spent from 1000 until 1400 just enjoying ourselves.
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