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In July 2016, the National Museum of Western Art was designated a World Heritage Site as one of 17 buildings designed by the great modern architect Le Corbusier (1887-1965). This is the first time in history that a single World Heritage Site has comprised structures from multiple countries.
The Museum is situated in a prime location a mere 30 seconds from Ueno Station, and admission is very reasonably priced at just 430 yen per adult. Admission is free for children through high school. What’s more, adults can also enjoy free admission on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month and on Culture Day (November 3rd).
The Museum boasts the largest collection of Western art in all of Asia. With works by artists such as Rodin, Monet, Renoir, Manet, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Picasso in its permanent collection, the Museum has some of the most iconic works in the history of Western art on display, including over 10 pieces created by the Impressionist painter Monet in a single exhibit. A large number of the works on display here range from post-Renaissance to the early 20th century. Those who are well-versed in the arts realize how reasonable the cost of admission is for visiting this World Heritage Site.
With the exception of a few pieces, the works of art in the National Museum of Western Art’s permanent collection are owned by the Museum itself. For this reason, visitors are allowed to photograph the art as they please. Featuring ceilings of varying heights, the exhibition spaces designed by Corbusier give visitors an excellent view of all the art that is perfect for both admiring and photographing. But too much focus on photography detracts from the enjoyment of viewing the art, so visitors should not forget to enjoy the art itself. Also, the click of a smartphone camera can echo quite loudly in the museum, so we ask that visitors take steps to minimize such sounds so everyone can enjoy their visit.
Free admission on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month as well as Culture Day (November 3rd )