Wednesday, January 31, 2007

8. Museum Review: Bridgestone Museum of Art (Kyobashi)

The Bridgestone Museum is a 5 minute walk from Tokyo Station's Yaesu Central Exit; or Kyobashi Station (Meidi-ya Exit) and Nihonbashi Station (Takashimaya Exit) of the Ginza Subway Line. It is right on Yaesu-dori and there is a large sign, in English, on the outside of the building.

1-10-1 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0031.
Phone: 03-5777-8600

It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00. Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 18:00.

Adults: 800 yen
65 & older: 600 yen
Students: 500 yen
Under 15: Free
*Except during special exhibitions.
*There are discounts for groups over 15.
*A 100 yen coupon is available online at their website.

The Bridgestone Museum holds a multitude of different exhibits each year. The current exhibition, 'Masterpieces from the Collection - From Impressionism to Twentieth-Century Art', will run from January 2nd to April 8, 2007.

It is not a huge museum, but it is a very serious collection of 'Masterpieces'. Monet, Renior, Cezanne, Picasso, and Matisse; just to name a few. Two rooms were also dedicated to Modern Japanese painters. The museum consists of a total of ten rooms and two sculpture galleries, all on the 2nd floor. The 1st floor has a cafe, bookstore/shop, and an auditorium.

I am not a huge fan of 'Western' art, but I really enjoyed this museum. The floors are all hardwood and/or cream carpet. Bold paint in peach, yellow, lavender, burnt red,... cover the walls. I definitely recommend visiting on a weekday, there were few people there. I felt as if I was able to have each piece to myself, for as long as I wanted to enjoy it.

Everything was labeled in English, and the ladies at the front spoke some as well.

Not a museum for children, unless they are extremely quiet. For art lovers, its a must!

**Free entry with Grutt Pass 2007 (#17)

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