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National Museum of Western Art
National Museum of Western Art

National Museum of Western Art

The National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo is one of the best places in the country to see Western art. The museum building, designed by modernist architect Le Corbusier, is also a draw in and of itself. Visit to see world-renowned work of art from the 14th to the 20th centuries.

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7-7 Ueno-koen, Taito-jku, Tokyo, 110-0007

The Basics

Tokyo’s National Museum of Western Art is a government-run institution established in 1959. It includes works by many world-renowned Western artists, including Veronese, Manet, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, and Pollock. The museum also boasts a number of sculptures by Rodin, which are located both inside and outside the museum. Many travelers visit the museum while exploring Ueno park and the surrounding neighborhood, and art-focused tours of Tokyo often include a stop here.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Photography is permitted in the main collection, but the use of tripods is prohibited.

  • Allow at least 90 minutes to tour the permanent collections.

  • There is an on-site gift store and cafe serving snacks, drinks, and Japanese versions of Western dishes.

  • The museum has wheelchair-accessible elevators and bathrooms.

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How to Get There

The museum is located inside Ueno Park (Ueno Koen), which sits to the north of central Tokyo. The nearest train station is the large Ueno station, where many different rail lines lines meet. Follow the exit for the park; the museum is just northwest of the station.

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When to Get There

The museum is open Tuesday–Sunday and on Mondays that are public holidays. (If open on a Monday, the museum will be closed the following Tuesday.) Opening hours vary throughout the year and also throughout the week. Entrance to the permanent collection is free on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.

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Explore Ueno Park

The National Museum of Western Art is located within Ueno Park, a large area that also houses a number of other cultural institutions. Spend an entire day exploring the park, and check out attractions like the Ueno Zoo, the Ueno Toshogu Shrine, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the National Museum of Nature and Science, and the Tokyo National Museum. The park also boasts a large pond where visitors can rent boats.

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