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The National Museum of Western Art

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TRY JAPAN recommends ...

1: to see Matsukata Collection
2: to see architectural building designed by Le Corbiser
3: to see art works at exhibitions

Art museum designed by Le Corbiser

If you visit The National Museum of Western Art, you can appreciate western art works.

It is an art museum of western art. Regular exhibition and project exhibition are held.

Regular exhibition is composed of Matsukata Collection and so on. At the garden, sculptures by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) are also displayed.

From cultural point of view, it plays an important role as the center of cultural exchange between western countries, especially France, and Japan.

From architectural point of view, it is the only architectural building in east Asia that reflect the concept of unlimited development museum.

"Le Corbiser and 20th Century Art" (from August 6, 2013 (Tuesday) to November 4, 2013 (Monday, national holiday)) was special exhibition. It was wonderful that art works of Le Corbiser was displayed in the main building of the National Museum of Western Art designed by Le Corbiser (1887-1965).

"Michelangelo Buonarroti -the Making of a Genius and the 500th Anniversary of the Sistine Chapel" (from September 6, 2013 (Friday) to November 17, 2013 (Sunday)) was project exhibition. It was wonderful to see masterpieces of Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) including "Madonna of the Stairs." Also, "Monet, an Eye for Landscapes: Innovation in 19th Century French Landscape Paintings" (from December 7, 2013 (Saturday) to March 9, 2014 (Sunday)) was project exhibition. It was overwhelming to see masterpieces of Claude Monet (1840-1926) including "Water Lilies."

It opened in 1959. It is a large national art museum at Ueno Onshi Park in Ueno, Taito City, Tokyo. Its nearest station is Ueno station.

Event Information

"Fun with Collection 2017: Le Corbusier's Artistic Space -His Thought Processes as Seen in the NMWA Plans-"
from June 9, 2017 (Friday) to September 24, 2017 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Arcimboldo -Nature into Art-"
from June 20, 2017 (Tuesday) to September 24, 2017 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Hokusai and Japonisme"
from October 21, 2017 (Saturday) to January 28, 2018 (Sunday)

from February 24, 2018 (Saturday) to May 27, 2018 (Sunday)

Finished Event Information

"Special Exhibition: GUERCINO"
from March 3, 2015 (Tuesday) to May 31, 2015 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Bordeaux, Port de la Lune"
from June 23, 2015 (Tuesday) to September 23, 2015 (Wednesday, National Holiday)

"Music Program Tokyo: Machinaka Concert in Autumn"
October 2, 2015 (Friday)

"2015 The National Museum of Western Art Merry Christmas"
from December 12, 2015 (Saturday) to December 13, 2015 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: The Golden Legend"
from October 16, 2015 (Friday) to January 11, 2016 (Monday, National Holiday)

"Spring Festival in Tokyo -Tokyo Opera no Mori 2016-"
from March 28, 2016 (Monday) to March 29, 2016 (Tuesday)

"Spring Festival in Tokyo -Concert in Harmony with Cherry Blossoms-"
March 28, 2016 (Monday) and April 5, 2016 (Tuesday)

"Special Exhibition: Caravaggio and His Time: Friends, Rivals and Enemies"
from March 1, 2016 (Tuesday) to June 12, 2016 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Sacred and Secular -Israhel van Meckenem & Early German Engraving-"
from July 9, 2016 (Saturday) to September 19, 2016 (Monday, National Holiday)

"Fun with Collection 2016: Le Corbusier and the Museum of Unlimited Growth -Understanding this Ideal-"
from July 9, 2016 (Saturday) to September 19, 2016 (Monday, National Holiday)

"Music Program Tokyo: Machinaka Concert -Autumn in Art, Walking of Music-"
September 29, 2016 (Thursday)

"Special Night Opening (Regular Exhibition Only) and Honkan (Main Building) Special Light up"
from November 2, 2016 (Wednesday) to November 5, 2016 (Saturday)
*Due to "Soene Akari Park® 2016 (from November 2, 2016 (Wednesday) to November 6, 2016 (Sunday))" held in Ueno Onshi Park, opening hour (Regular Exhibition Only) is extended until 20:00 (Last Entry: 19:30).
*Special light up is held at Honkan (Main Building).

"2016 The National Museum of Western Art Merry Christmas"
from December 17, 2016 (Saturday) to December 18, 2016 (Sunday)

"Night Mini Concert"
December 23, 2016 (Friday, National Holiday)
January 14, 2017 (Saturday)
May 26, 2017 (Friday)

"Special Exhibition: Lucas Cranach the Elder -500 Years of the Power of Temptation-"
from October 15, 2016 (Saturday) to January 15, 2017 (Sunday)

"New Wing: Skagen -An Artists' Colony in Denmark-"
from February 10, 2017 (Friday) to May 28, 2017 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Théodore Chassériau -Parfum Exotique-"
from February 28, 2017 (Tuesday) to May 28, 2017 (Sunday)

"Night Mini Concert"
July 28, 2017 (Friday)

Necessary Time
It is estimated that it is about 2 hours in a regular pace, about 1.5 hours in a hurried pace, and about 2.5 hours in a slow pace.

Opening Hour
This museum opens from 9:30 to 17:30 (last entry: 17:00). However, it opens from 9:30 to 17:00 (last entry: 16:30) from the day after the special exhibition in autumn closes to the day before the special exhibition in spring starts. It opens from 9:30 to 20:00 (last entry: 19:30) every Friday. Also, opening hour is temporarily changed. It temporarily opens.

Closed Day
This museum is closed every Monday, and year-end and new year holiday from December 28 to January 1. Also, it is temporarily closed.

Admissions Fee
It is different between exhibitions. In case of regular exhibitions, it is 500-yen for adults and 250-yen for university students. It is free for those aged 65 and over, high school students, those aged 18 and under. It is free about regular exhibitions only on the 2nd Saturday of every month, the 4th Saturday of every month, and Culture Day of November 3. In case of special exhibitions, it is different between exhibitions.

It takes about 1 minute from Ueno Station on foot. It is easy to find this museum in Ueno Park.

Nearest Railway Station
◎ Ueno Station (JR East: Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Others)
◎ Ueno Station (Keisei: Keisei Main Line)
◎ Ueno Station (Tokyo Metro: Ginza Line, Hibiya Line)
○ Ueno-Hirokoji Station (Tokyo Metro: Ginza Line)
○ Ueno-Okachimachi Station (Toei Subway: Oedo Line)
○ Uguisudani Staion (JR East: Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line)
○ Okachimachi Station (JR East: Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line)
○ Naka-Okachimachi Station (Tokyo Metro: Hibiya Line)
○ Nezu Station (Tokyo Metro: Chiyoda Line)
○ Yushima Station (Tokyo Metro: Chiyoda Line)

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Name in English
The National Museum of Western Art

Name in Roman Letters
Kokuritsu Seiyo Bijutsukan

Name in Japanese

7-7, Ueno-Koen, Taito City, Tokyo, 110-0007, Japan

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