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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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09:30 - 20:00
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The National Museum of Western Art is one of the several museums in Ueno Park. I went there in the afternoon on a weekday. It's quite crowded with the majority of the visitors... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2017
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

The National Museum of Western Art is one of the several museums in Ueno Park. I went there in the afternoon on a weekday. It's quite crowded with the majority of the visitors being Japanese. Maybe it's because the main building designed by Le Corbusier is one of the seventeen works by the Swiss architecture listed as UNESCO World Heritage... More 

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Washingtonville, New York
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

While there are definitely "better" museums devoted to western art, this one in Tokyo is certainly a worthwhile visit given one understands it is a "mid-size" museum that shouldn't be compared to some of the greats in the West. Still, it is a super visit. The story of the museum's initial collection (the Matsukata Collection) is both inspiring and rather... More 

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Reviewed 30 December 2016

The museum of western art is a good location to check you if you find yourself in the Ueno area. Make sure to check out the zoo nearby with panda bears.

Thank Brandon K
East Moline, Illinois
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

Western art, here is includes Spanish and French which is different from many of the museums in the states.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

The building is now an UN heritage site. It's worth mentioning that there are also lots of Rodin's sculptures in front of the museum. You definitely can enjoy these sculptures without entering the museum. I strongly recommend you should visit here if you love western arts.

1 Thank cmchou
Langkawi, Malaysia
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Reviewed 22 December 2016

I do not expect that I will find the sculpture The Thinker here. An interesting experience! Outside the museum, there are some interesting sculptures. I bought tickets to the regular exhibition (admission not until 1000 yen), I found the paintings masterpieces of Monet, Gauguin, Cezanne, Picasso and many more.

Thank izzat_isa
Prince George, Canada
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Reviewed 10 December 2016

I was rushing to get to the museum on my last day after a Kabuki show as well as the zoo in Ueno Park and see some of the park too. So this was a rushed afternoon, but still a very nice experience. I think I did the French impressionism section in under half an hour. I asked where it... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 2 December 2016

I did not like the exhibitions, a few objects, a few things to see...very nice the building of the museum.

1 Thank SettembreNero
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

Unique set up. The selection really is incredible. The only problem was the crowds. Must have come on a very crowded day but everyone was still polite and quiet and happy to be there.

1 Thank GaoLele
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

Nice selection of western art, from Dutch masters to impressionists to modern. Nice gallery of Monet pieces, including a large water lillies piece. Opens till late, good for 1-2 hours at the end of the day when the other attractions are closed.

2 Thank LCW24

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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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