Wednesday, February 14, 2007

21. Museum Review: The National Museum of Western Art (Ueno)

The National Museum of Western Art was established in 1959 as Japan's premier museum specializing in Western Art. The main building displays pre-18th century paintings and Rodin sculpture. The new wing displays 19th to 20th century paintings, with a focus on French Modern paintings.

I do not have a big interest in Western Art, but I was impressed by this collection. It has some serious works by: Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Miro',... I especially enjoyed the 'old master' paintings, from Europe's late Medieval period through the end of the 18th century. Many were awe inspiring. All the paintings were labeled in Japanese and English.

If you are interested in Western Art, I do recommend this museum. I went on a cold, rainy day. It was a pleasant way to warm up and learn a little bit about some of history's most famous painters. It may not be the best choice for children as it was extremely quiet, and most would become bored rather quickly.

Address: 7-7 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
Tel: 03-3828-5131

Hours of Operation: 9:30 - 17:30 (closes at 17:00 in winter, open until 20:00 on Fridays, last admission 30 minutes before closing time). Closed on Mondays (open if a national holiday, closing the next day). Also closed during the New Year's holidays and for exhibition changes.

Admission: Adults: 420 yen, College students: 130 yen, High School: 70 yen.
*Regular admission is free for Jr. High students and younger, and seniors 65 and older.
*Permanent exhibition is free on every 2nd and 4th Saturdays and Culture Day.
*Special exhibitions are charged separately.

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