The National Museum of Western Art opened in April 1959 as an institution that offers a wide range of visitors the opportunity to view works of Western art, mainly from the Matsukata Collection collected in Europe by the entrepreneur Kojiro Matsukata.

The museum exhibits Western paintings from the late Middle Ages to the early 20th century, including works from the Matsukata Collection, as well as modern French sculptures by Rodin and others, throughout the year in the Main Wing, New Wing, and vestibule.

The main building, designed by French architect Le Corbusier, one of the leading architects of the 20th century, was completed in 1959 and is designated a National Important Cultural Property.

National Museum of Western Art Ueno Tokyo


NameNational Museum of Western Art
HoursTuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 9:00 – 17:30 (Admission until 17:00)
Note:Open 9:30-17:00 during the period from the opening day after the closing day of the Autumn Special Exhibition to the opening day of the Spring Special Exhibition.
Friday: 9:30-20:00 (last admission at 17:00)
HolidayMondays (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday), Year-end and New Year holidays (December 28 – January 1)
FeeIndividual admission to the permanent collection: Adults 420 yen, University students 130 yen, Free admission for high school students and younger, persons under 18, persons over 65, persons with mental or physical disabilities, and one accompanying person.
Admission to the permanent collection (groups of 20 or more): Adults 210 yen, University students 70 yen
Free admission days (permanent exhibition only): 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, Culture Day (November 3)
Address7-7 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
telephone number03-5777-8600


  • Walk: 5 minutes from JR Ueno Station (Park Exit)
  • Walk: about 7 minutes from Keisei Ueno Station (Keisei Dentetsu Line)

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