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National Museum of Western Art

Visit the National Museum of Western Art for Western beauty seen through Eastern eyes
Opening Hours 9.30am - 5.30pm (Fridays 9.30 - 8.00pm) ; Closed on Mondays

As the largest museum that focuses on Western masterpieces in Tokyo, the National Museum of Western Art can be quite appealing. A total of 5500 works are exhibited, including valuable pieces from the 14th to 20th centuries. Occasionally, you may bump into popular artists when the gallery invites them to talk. Special exhibitions are held on a seasonal basis, such as the upcoming Sacred and Secular: Israhel van Meckenem & Early German Engraving this summer.

Transport Ueno Station via JR Yamanote Line, park exit; 7-minute walking from Keisei Ueno Station via Keisei Line
+81 3 5777 8600
7-7 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007

1. Designed by a French architect, the museum celebrates and symbolises the friendship between these two nations.

2. The museum was founded in 1959 with the goal of providing Tokyo residents with the same access to great Western art that Parisians enjoyed.

3. Modern, classical, abstract, impressionist – this national gallery contains spectacular examples of many different Western art styles, all under one roof.

4. The galleries of the permanent collection feature works dating from before the Romantic period up through the early 20th century, including works by Manet, Monet and Van Gogh.

5. The exterior functions as a sculpture garden, full of metal statues laid out in harmony with the grounds and greenery.

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