November 14, 2013


Photo by 663highland

The National Museum of Western Art was established in 1959 with Matsukata Collection at the core of its collection.

Kojiro Matsukata was a successful businessman and politician, and he collected artworks in Europe in the early 20th century.

It is said the total number of artworks he collected was about 10,000 items, but most of them were lost because of tragic events like the economic crisis of 1927, the fire of warehouse which stored artworks, and World War Ⅱ.

Fortunately, about 400 artworks stored in Paris were preserved, and were returned from the French government to Japan in 1959.

As of 2012, the museum houses about 4,500 artworks, which include paintings by Rubens, Brueghel, Manet, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, and Miro, and also include sculptures by Rodin and Maillol.

Especially, French impressionist paintings from 19th to early 20th century and sculptures by Rodin are wonderful and worth looking at.




Water Lilies by Monet


Parisiennes in Algerian Costume or Harem by Renoir
















In the forecourt, you can appreciate several masterpieces of Rodin: The Thinker, The Gates of Hell, Burghers of Calais, Adam, and Eve.


the Gates of Hell

The Gates of Hell by Rodin

Burghers of Calais

Burghers of Calais by Rodin












As for opening hours, days closed, admission fees, and further information, please visit the National Museum of Western Art website: click here.

You can view the collection on the website for The National Museum of Western Art on Google Art Project: click here.



The National Museum of Western Art  is located in Taito Ward.

It’s 1-minute walk from Ueno Station on the JR Yamanote Line, and 8-minute walk from Ueno Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza and Hibiya Subway Lines.



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