National Museum of Western Art

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Name in Japanese: 国立西洋美術館
Area: Ueno
Address: 7-7 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007, Japan [map]
Phone: 03-5777-8600 03-5777-8600
Access: 361 m from Ueno Station Ginza Line (G16)Hibiya Line (H17)Yamanote Line (JY5)Keihin-Tōhoku Line (JK18)Jōban Line (JJ4)
0.5 km from Keisei-ueno Station Keisei Main Line (KS1)
0.6 km from Uguisudani Station Yamanote Line (JY6)Keihin-Tōhoku Line (JK17)
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. from mid-January to end of February), Fridays 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Saturdays Permanent Collection 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Special Exhibitions 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Closed Mondays

The National Museum of Western Art was opened in 1959 to provide the Japanese public with a chance to view Western art. Its collection includes paintings from the late medieval period through to the 20th century and modern French sculpture, with the works spanning a period of nearly 800 years.

Notable artists include Rubens, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock and many more—the museum has added to its collection every year since it opened.

Cheapo tip: The permanent collection is free to view on both the second and fourth Saturdays of every month. There is also a bonus free admission day in November.

While you’re in the area, check out the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and explore Ueno Park and surrounds if the weather’s nice.