The National Museum of Western Art

The National Museum of Western Art

The National Museum of Western Art


"The National Museum of Western Art" opened in 1959 at the center of Tokyo, Ueno. It was built under the purpose of preserving and exhibiting articles known as the "Matsukata Collection" gathered by a businessman called Kojiro Matsukata before the World War, and was later on partially returned for donation to Japan from the French government. This collection displayed up until today, mainly consists of Western paintings including works of the Impressionist Monet and Renior, as well as modern French sculptures created by Rodin. The main building can be characterized by its spiral shaped exhibit area, which was designed by Le Corbusier, a well-known master of modern architecture. It was registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2016 as one of Le Corbusier's notable architectural works, making the building itself add to the appeals of the museum along with the exhibits.

Basic Information

7-7 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
9:30 - 17:30 (Final Entry : 17:00)
*Open until 20:00 on Fridays and Sundays (Final Entry : 19:30)
*Closing Hours may change
Monday (If a national holiday falls on Monday, it is closed th]e next day)
Year-end and New Year Holidays (December 28th - January 1st)
Temporary Opening and Closure may take place
General : 500 yen
College Student : 250 yen
High School Students and below : Free
*Fees are free for permanent exhibits during the evening hours (after 17:00) of Friday and Saturday
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Price : 300 yen


  • FromUeno Station (JR Line)
    About 1 minute walk from Koenguchi Exit
  • FromKeisei-Ueno Station (Keisei Dentetsu Line)
    About 7 minute walk
  • FromUeno Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Hibiya Line)
    About 8 minute walk