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Otsuka Pharmaceutical's pet project to make the world's art pieces accessible to the world. Built... read more

Reviewed April 4, 2021
Nishinomiya, Japan
Pleasant surprise.

I was not expecting much here. But I had some time on my hand so decided to go and see this... read more

Reviewed January 2, 2021
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed May 11, 2017

Nice collection of art, but all just copies. Way to spend so much when you can just put a similar poster on the wall.
They have spent so much money on this museum, they should have had some nice original art in there too.
Entry price is way too expensive.

Date of experience: April 2017
4  Thank Shlomi T
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Reviewed January 6, 2017

Where else but in Japan would a billionaire spend half a billion setting up an enormous art museum and then fill it with fake art? But somehow it works. We spent most of the day here and had to rush to finish seeing every room. The full-size reproductions are exceptionally presented and the settings (e.g. full-size Sistine Chapel) are incredible. The 1000+ works on display cover a sample of all of Western art from antiquities to modern. Unfortunately almost all of the interpretive signage is only in Japanese, so you have to rent the English audio package. Restaurant and cafe are good. Overall, it was a very unusual but exceptionally enjoyable day. Don't miss it, even if the whole idea does seem too weird to be believed.

Date of experience: January 2017
5  Thank Craig C
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Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

I was a bit apprehensive about the idea of a museum filled with reproductions, but I took a friend's advice and went - much to much great pleasure!

It was a great chance to get an overview of European art history. It is easy to experience the trends and developments and get a feeling of history and techniques' progression through time.

We went with kids and especially for them it was a chance to experience and discuss their impressions in a peaceful atmosphere. The museum seemed well visited, but not overly crowded.

If you have travelled a lot in Europe, this might not be so interesting for you, but if you are looking for a chance to educate yourself or your kids, it is highly recommendable.

It should also be mentioned, that the building itself adds to the experience. It is a very well designed museum, where the building truly ads to the overall experience.

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank Susanne E
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Reviewed June 8, 2016

We decided to visit this museum despite its expensive admission charges because of hundreds of positive reviews on Trip Advisor.

What a disappointment!

The museum is a thinly veiled homage to its creator, the Otsuka Corporation who specialises in casting large ceramic panels of the type the artworks are presented on.

This museum is to great artworks what McDonalds is to fine dining!

The Atomic Bomb museums at Hiroshima and Nagasaki are free and really moving and highly recommended ahead of this expensive pastiche.

Date of experience: May 2016
4  Thank John M
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Reviewed February 13, 2016 via mobile

Display replicas of the world's most famous art works including whole entire structures like the interior of the Sistine Chapel - how does that work?
It depends, of course but if you consider that the vast majority of the museum's visitor's will never have a chance to visit the originals in the first place it is a reasonable compromise. It works very well for the murals (of which there are many). For the paintings, not so much. The Impressionists (including van Gogh) for example lost their sparkling and even the Mona Lisa comes across rather stale. The attempt to create a 360° surround painting of Monet's Nympheas is a nice try but fails miserably (ok, maybe the rain played a role here...).
Having said that, I believe it is still worth the effort as it offers a lot of people to see theses art works in their original size rather than in boiks, only. And think of all the people who will NOT lengthen the already very long lines at the Sistine Chapel. Besides, at the Original they will never give you the chance to sit there for 15 or even 45 minutes to marvel at the murals.
One suggestion for the curators: please consider to provide tilted seats inside rooms with painted ceilings. You will help your patrons' neck muscles tremendously!

Date of experience: February 2016
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