The National Museum of Western Art

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About The National Museum of Western Art

The National Museum of Western Art is a museum that is located in Ueno Park and introduces Western art. It was founded by a Japanese businessman named Matsukata Koujiro in 1959. It served as a facility for him to store and exhibit the art work which he had collected from Europe. Regular exhibits display paintings from the 14th Century to early 20th Century and also sculpture that focuses on Rodin. The special exhibition show’s selected collection depends on the theme.

The building is separated into Honkan (Main building) and Shinkan (New wing). The main building was designed by the representative 20th century architect Le Corbusier, and it was designated as a National Important Cultural Property in 2007. The ground floor has a café and souvenir shop that can be accessed without ticket.

Entry fee for a regular exhibition is 430 yen for adults, 130 yen for university students. There is free entry on every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. The museum is closed every week on Monday, and from December 28th to January 1st for the New Year and Year-end holidays.


The closest Station is JR Ueno Station and the museum is a 1-minute walk from the park entrance. It is an 8-minute walk from Ueno Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza line and Hibiya line. A 7-minute walk from Keisei-Ueno Station on the Keisei Electric Railway.

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Description: The National Museum of Western Art

Sights The National Museum of Western Art (国立西洋美術館)
Address 7-7 Ueno-park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone / Fax Phone: 03-5777-8600
Duration 1Hour(s)
Business Hours Tuesday:09:30-17:30
Closed dates Monday NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY
Admission Fee Pay admission: 430yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+)

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