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National Museum of Western Art (Kokuritsu Seiyo Bijutsukan)

  • 7–7 Ueno Koen Map It
  • Ueno

Published 04/19/2015

Fodor's Review

Along with castings from the original molds of Rodin's Gate of Hell, The Burghers of Calais, and The Thinker, the wealthy businessman Matsukata Kojiro (1865–1950) acquired some 850 paintings, sketches, and prints by such masters as Renoir, Monet, Gauguin, van Gogh, Delacroix, and Cézanne. Matsukata kept the collection in Europe, but he left it to Japan in his will. The French government sent the artwork to Japan after World War II, and the collection opened to the public in 1959 in a building designed by Swiss-born architect Le Corbusier. Since then, the museum has diversified a bit; more recent acquisitions include works by Reubens, Tintoretto, El Greco, Max Ernst, and Jackson Pollock. The Seiyo is one of the best-organized, most pleasant museums to visit in Tokyo.

Sight Information


7–7 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0007, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • ¥430; additional fee for special exhibits
  • Tues.–Thurs. and weekends 9:30–5:30, Fri. 9:30–8

Published 04/19/2015


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