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Last update: 9 Jun 2017

Announcement of Debut Display of a Work2017.06.09

We are delighted to announce that beginning on Friday, June 9, 2017, the NMWA will present the following work for the first time in our Permanent Collection Galleries (New Wing, 2nd Floor).

Edgar Degas, Three Dancers in the Wings , c. 1880-85, Oil on canvas, 54.6×64.8 cm, P.2016-0001

Three Dancers in the Wings
Edgar Degas, Three Dancers in the Wings
c. 1880-85, Oil on canvas
P.2016-0001
The National Museum of Western Art

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Notice of changes to the admission fees of the Collection Galleries2017.05.12

From Friday, June 9, 2017, the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo will charge the following revised admission fees for its Collection Galleries:

Fee for permanent collection

Until June 8, 2017
  Indiviual Group (20 persons or more)
Adults 430yen 220yen
College students 130yen 70yen
From June 9, 2017
  Indiviual Group (20 persons or more)
Adults 500yen 400yen
College students 250yen 200yen

Since the museum’s inclusion on the World Heritage List in July 2016, we have welcomed many more visitors, and to improve viewing and alleviate overcrowding, the evening opening of the Collection Galleries has been extended to include both Friday and Saturday. In addition, for this year’s Golden Week holidays, April 28 (Fri) to 30 (Sun) and May 3 (Wed, national holiday) to 7 (Sun), and on Fridays and Saturdays in July, August and September, the opening hours of the Collection Galleries are extended to 21:00.

Moreover, in addition to the free admission to the Collection Galleries on the second and fourth Saturdays every month, we will also continue the free admission to the Collection Galleries during evening opening hours (17:00 - 20:00) on Saturdays, which was introduced in September last year to celebrate our inclusion on the World Heritage List.

We are also pleased to announce that as an aid to further deepen the understanding of Western art, our curators post images and commentaries about our collections on Google Art & Culture. To see this website, please click here.

To help us offer our visitors these better services, we will change the admission fees for the Collection Galleries as described above, and we would be grateful for your understanding.

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo is committed to improving our displays and services, and we very much hope you will be able to enjoy our extended opening times and look forward to you visiting us.

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Notice of extension of the museum and gallery opening hours2017.05.12

From April, the museum and gallery opening hours will be extended as follows:

Gallery opening hours

Permanent Collection: 9:30 - 17:30
Fridays and Saturdays: 9:30 - 20:00
Extended opening hours: 9:30 - 21:00
*Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time

Dates of extended opening hours(9:30 - 21:00)
April 28(Fri.), 29(Sat.), 30(Sun.)
May 3(Wed.), 4(Thu.), 5(Fri.), 6(Sat.), 7(Sun.)
July
(Fridays and Saturdays)
1(Sat.), 7(Fri.), 8(Sat.), 14(Fri.), 15(Sat.), 21(Fri.),
22(Sat.), 28(Fri.), 29(Sat.)
August
(Fridays and Saturdays)
4(Fri.), 5(Sat.), 11(Fri.), 12(Sat.), 18(Fri.),
19(Sat.), 25(Fri.), 26(Sat.)
September
(Fridays and Saturdays)
1(Fri.), 2(Sat.), 8(Fri.), 9(Sat.), 15(Fri.), 16(Sat.),
22(Fri.), 23(Sat.), 29(Fri.), 30(Sat.)

Special Exhibition: 9:30 – 17:30
・Théodore Chassériau : Parfum exotique: 9:30 – 20:00 (Fridays)
・Arcimboldo: Nature into Art: 9:30 – 20:00 (Fridays and Saturdays)
* The days of the week for the extended gallery opening hours vary depending on the Special Exhibition.
*Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time

Museum opening hours: 9:30 - 17:30
Fridays and Saturdays: 9:30-21:00
*June 2 and 3: 9:30 - 20:00
Days with extended opening hours: 9:30 - 22:00
* The opening hours of the museum shop and other facilities (excluding Café Suiren) are the same as the gallery opening hours.

Café Suiren
Opening hours: 10:00 - 17:15 Fridays and Saturdays: 10:00 - 21:00
(Dining: 11:00 - 16:30 Fridays and Saturdays: 11:00 - 20:10)
(Café: 10:00 - 17:00 Fridays and Saturdays: 11:00 - 20:30)
Days with extended opening hours: 10:00 - 22:00
(Dining: 11:00 - 21:10)
(Café: 10:00 - 21:30)
Special closure: Tuesday, May 30 to Thursday, June 8

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Partial Closure of the Permanent Collection Galleries (Monday 29 May – Thursday 8 June, 2017)2017.02.24

The following sections of the Permanent Collection Galleries (New Wing) will be closed for re-installation of art works.

Monday 29 May – Thursday 1 June, 2017
New Wing 2nd Floor will be closed.

Friday 2 June – Thursday 8 June, 2017
The entire New Wing will be closed.

-- The entire NMWA is closed on Mondays.
-- The Main Building galleries will be open throughout this closure period.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these plans and express our appreciation for your understanding.

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Extended Saturday Hours for Permanent Collection Galleries (starting Saturday 3 September, 2016)2016.08.25

Starting in September 2016, the NMWA Permanent Collection Galleries will be open until 20:00 (entrance closes at 19:30) on both Friday and Saturday evenings. Previously Friday has been the only extended hours day every week.

In commemoration of the Main Building being added to the Register of World Heritage Sites, Permanent Collection Galleries entrance will be free of charge from 17:00 – 20:00 on Saturday evenings from September 2016 through March 2017.

We look forward to welcoming you to the museum during these extended hours.

*Please be aware that the Special Exhibition Galleries will close at 17:30, as usual, on Saturdays during this period. Entrance closes at 17:00.

Museum Shop and Restaurant Hours during Extended Opening Hours
Museum Shop: 9:30 – 20:00
Café Suiren: 10:00 – 19:45 (Full menu 11:00 – 19:00, last order 19:30)

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Photography Forbidden in the Permanent Collection Galleries on Free Admission Days (starting Saturday 23 July, 2016)2016.07.22

On July 17, 2016, UNESCO designated 17 works by the French architect Le Corbusier, including the NMWA Main Building, as World Heritage sites under the designation “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement”. This announcement has meant a greatly increased number of visitors to the NMWA and we can anticipate that even more will visit the museum in the months to come.

Thus in order to maintain a favorable viewing environment and ensure the safety of displayed art works, all still and video photography will be forbidden in the Permanent Collection Galleries on Free Admission Days, specifically the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month, Saturday 20 August, 2016 and Japan’s national holiday celebrating culture, Thursday 3 November, 2016.

Photography is also forbidden in all Special Exhibition galleries, and the “Le Corbusier and the Museum of Unlimited Growth” in the Prints and Drawings Gallery.

We greatly appreciate your cooperation with these restrictions.

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Announcement of Permanent Collection Galleries Free Admission Days and Extended Viewing Hours2016.07.22

On July 17, 2016, UNESCO designated 17 works by the French architect Le Corbusier, including the NMWA Main Building, as World Heritage sites. To commemorate this designation, all Permanent Collection Galleries will be open free of charge on August 20 (Sat.). Given the recent increase in visitors to the NMWA, the museum will also hold extended opening hours on Fridays in August, with the galleries open until 20:30 and entrance closing at 20:00.

We hope that everyone will enjoy these opportunities to visit the World Heritage-designated Main Building and see the NMWA's many masterpieces.

Saturday 20 August, 2016 Free admission to Permanent Collection Galleries

Friday 5 August, Friday 12 August, Friday 19 August, Friday 26 August, 2016
Museum is open from 9:30 – 20:30 (entrance closes at 20:00)

Museum Shop and Restaurant Hours during Extended Opening Hours
Museum Shop: 9:30 – 20:30
Café Suiren: 10:00 – 19:45 (Full menu 11:00 – 19:00, last order 19:30)

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Inspection of all items brought into the museum Wednesday 25 May – Friday 27 May 20162016.05.20

Given the Ise-Shima Summit of world leaders being held on Thursday26 May – Friday 27 May 2016, the Metropolitan Police Department has issued guidelines for all public facilities to strengthen anti-terrorist security measures.
In response, the NMWA, its staff members and affiliates have increased their vigilance and are working to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors to the NMWA. We ask for your assistance and cooperation with these efforts.

Inspection of all items brought into the museum Wednesday 25 May – Friday 27 May 2016
As a heightened security measure during the Ise-Shima Summit event, all items brought to the NMWA by visitors will be subject to inspection for the three days between Wednesday 25 May and Friday 27 May 2016.
Visitors will not be allowed to bring large items or liquids (such as water bottles, PET bottles, etc.) into the NMWA. Large items must be checked at the special Cloakroom set up in the NMWA Forecourt. Liquids must either be consumed or discarded prior to entry.
We can anticipate some crowding due to this added procedure and it might take longer than usual to enter the NMWA. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with these special circumstances and procedures.

If you see something that is suspicious, or see a person acting suspiciously, please notify an NMWA staff member. Please remember the three basic rules regarding suspicious items -- “do not touch it”, “do not breathe near it”, and “do not move it.”

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No Photography Permitted in Permanent Collection Galleries2016.04.28

As the final weeks of the NMWA’s current Caravaggio exhibition approach, we anticipate even larger audiences, and as a result, crowding not only in the Special Exhibition Wing but also in the Permanent Collection Galleries.
Hence, effective immediately, photography is forbidden in the Permanent Collection Galleries, in order to both enhance the viewing atmosphere and ensure the safety of the displayed art works. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
As per previous regulations, photography is not permitted in the Special Exhibition Galleries.

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Announcement of Debut Display of Works2016.03.18

We are delighted to announce that beginning on March 19, 2016 the NMWA will present the following works for the first time in our Permanent Collection Galleries (Main Building, 2nd Floor).

  • Evaristo Baschenis, A Still Life with Musical Instruments, Late 1660s, Oil on canvas, 98 x 145 cm, P.2015-0002
  • Angelica Kauffman, Hector Upbraiding Paris for his Retreat from Battle, 1770s, Oil on canvas, 81.4 x 112.1 cm, P.2015-0003

The NMWA’s 2015 purchase acquisitions also included The Capture of Christ by Bartolomeo Manfredi (c. 1613-15, Oil on canvas, 120 x 174 cm, P.2015-0001). This painting is already on view in the Special Exhibition galleries in the exhibition Caravaggio and His Time: Friends, Rivals and Enemies (through June 12).

A Still Life with Musical Instruments
Evaristo Baschenis
A Still Life with Musical Instruments
Late 1660s
Oil on canvas
The National Museum of Western Art

Hector Upbraiding Paris for his Retreat from Battle
Angelica Kauffman
Hector Upbraiding Paris for his Retreat from Battle
1770s
Oil on canvas
The National Museum of Western Art

The Capture of Christ
Bartolomeo Manfredi
The Capture of Christ
c. 1613-15
Oil on canvas
The National Museum of Western Art

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Announcement of temporary open (28 March, 2 May and 18 July 2016)2016.03.18

The National Museum of Western Art will be open on Monday 28 March, Monday 2 May and Monday 18 July 2016.

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Announcement of temporary closure (Monday 8 July 2016)2016.03.18

The entire museum will be closed on Monday 8 July 2016 for exhibition preparation. Please forgive us any inconvenience caused by this closure. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

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NMWA launches New Publications Repository2016.01.22

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (NMWA) is pleased to announce the launch of an online Publications Repository, which offers free online access to scholarly publications of the NMWA. Powered by a SaaS type IR cloud service "JAIRO Cloud", developed by the National Institute of Informatics (Tokyo), this online database provides a new platform for the storage and dissemination of scholarly work of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo community.

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Announcement of temporary closure (Tuesday 12 January through Monday 29 February 2016) and Permanent Collection Temporary Closure (Tuesday 1 March through Friday 18 March 2016)2016.01.12

Due to the maintenance of our museum, the entire wings are closed during the following period of time: Tuesday 12 January through Monday 29 February 2016.
The Permanent Collection Galleries in the Main Building and New Wing will be closed for facilities maintenance from Tuesday 1 March to Friday 18 March 2016. Visitors to the Caravaggio exhibition during this period will each be given one ticket for free admission (limited time access) to the Permanent Collection Galleries. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these plans and express our appreciation for your understanding.

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International Symposium“Modern Art and Japonisme in the North” (Saturday 31 October 2015)2015.09.24

Plese see here for further details. (PDF File, about 780KB)

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Announcement of Debut Display of Works2015.04.24

We are delighted to announce that beginning on April 27, 2015 the NMWA will present the following work for the first time in our Permanent Collection Galleries (Main Building, 2nd Floor).

  • Andrea Del Sarto, The Madonna and Child, c. 1516, Oil on panel, 89x66.6cm, Purchased in 2014, P.2014-0001.

The Madonna and Child
Andrea Del Sarto
The Madonna and Child
c. 1516, Oil on panel
The National Museum of Western Art

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Announcement of temporary open (Monday 30 March 2015)2015.03.13

The National Museum of Western Art will be open on Monday 30 March.

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Announcement of Debut Display of Works2015.03.13

We are delighted to announce that beginning on March 17, 2015 the NMWA will present the following works for the first time in our Permanent Collection Galleries (Main Building, 2nd Floor).

  • Attributed to Johannes Vermeer, Saint Praxedis, 1655, Oil on canvas, 101.6 x 82.6cm, On deposit, DEP. 2014-0001.
  • Juan van der Hamen y León, Still Life with a Basket of Fruit and Game Fowl, c. 1621, Oil on canvas, 75.4 x 144.5 cm, Purchased in 2014, P. 2014-0002.
  • Domenico Puligo, Portrait of a Lady as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, 1520s, Oil on panel, 76.8 x 55.2 cm, Donated in 2014, P. 2014-0003.

The NMWA’s 2014 purchase acquisitions also included Madonna and Child by Andrea del Sarto (c. 1516, Oil on panel, 89 x 66.6 cm, P2014-0001). We are currently preparing a new frame suited to this important painting. We will make a separate announcement of its first public display in the near future.

Saint Praxedis
Attributed to Johannes Vermeer
Saint Praxedis
1655 Oil on canvas
Private Collection(deposit to the NMWA)

Still Life with a Basket of Fruit and Game Fowl, c.
Juan van der Hamen y León
Still Life with a Basket of Fruit and Game Fowl
c. 1621 Oil on canvas
The National Museum of Western Art

Portrait of a Lady as Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Domenico Puligo
Portrait of a Lady as Saint Catherine of Alexandria
1520s Oil on panel
The National Museum of Western Art

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Announcement of temporary closure (Tuesday 13 January through Monday 2 March 2015) and Permanent Collection Temporary Closure (Tuesday 3 March through Monday 16 March 2015)2014.12.26

Due to the maintenance of our museum, the entire wings are closed during the following period of time: Tuesday 13 January through Monday 2 March 2015.
The Permanent Collection Galleries in the Main Building and New Wing will be closed for facilities maintenance from Tuesday 3 March to Monday 16 March 2015. Visitors to the Guercino exhibition during this period will each be given one ticket for free admission (limited time access) to the Permanent Collection Galleries. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these plans and express our appreciation for your understanding.

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Announcement of temporary open (Monday 31 March 2014)2014.03.20

The National Museum of Western Art will be open on Monday 31 March.

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Announcement of temporary closure (Monday 10 March through Monday 24 March 2014)2014.02.28

Due to the maintenance of our museum, the entire wings are closed during the following period of time: Monday 10 March 2014 through Monday 24 March 2014. Please forgive us any inconvenience caused by this closure. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

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Revised Admission Fees (Effective 1 April 2014)2014.01.17

In line with the increase in consumption tax on Tuesday 1 April 2014, Permanent Collection admission ticket prices will increase. Plese see here for further details.

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Announcement of temporary closure (Friday 6 December)2013.09.27

The entire museum will be closed on Friday 6 December for exhibition preparation. Please forgive us any inconvenience caused by this closure. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

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Announcement of temporary closure (Thursday 5 September)2013.07.19

The entire museum will be closed on Thursday 5 September for exhibition preparation. Please forgive us any inconvenience caused by this closure. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

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Announcement of temporary closure (Monday 24 June 2013 through Monday 8 July)2013.05.24

The entire museum will be closed from Monday 24 June 2013 through Monday 8 July for the building inspections. Please forgive us any inconvenience caused by this closure. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

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Announcement of temporary closure (Friday 1 March)2013.02.15

The entire museum will be closed on Friday 1 March 2013 for exhibition preparation. Please forgive us any inconvenience caused by this closure. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

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Announcement of temporary closure (Monday 4 February 2013 through Monday 11 February)2013.01.28

The entire museum will be closed from Monday 4 February 2013 through Monday 11 February for the building inspections. Please forgive us any inconvenience caused by this closure. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

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Announcement of temporary closure (Monday 29 October 2012 through Friday 2 November)2012.07.13

The entire museum will be closed from Monday 29 October 2012 through Friday 2 November for the building inspections. Please forgive us any inconvenience caused by this closure. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

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Announcement of temporary closure (Tuesday 12 June)2012.04.27

The entire museum will be closed on Tuesday 12 June 2012 for exhibition preparation. Please forgive us any inconvenience caused by this closure. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

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Touch the Museum now available on Android devices2012.06.08

Touch the Museum

Since 2010, the NMWA has made its Touch the Museum app available for free at the iTunes App Store for use on iPhone and iPod Touch devices. This application is a viewing guide to the NMWA Permanent Collection galleries, and contains a wealth of content, including images of works from other museum collections, video footage from the NHK Archives, and on-site explanations of art works by the NMWA director and curators, and architectural historians.
(If your iPhone is set to English language environment, you will see the English version of the app.)

Now, this same app is available for free download from the Google Play Store for use on Android devices. (click here for details). This means that Touch the Museum is available to smart phone users on iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices. We hope that visitors will enjoy this new way to become more familiar with NMWA collection art works.

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Announcement of temporary closure (Tuesday 12 June)2012.04.27

The entire museum will be closed on Tuesday 12 June 2012 for exhibition preparation. Please forgive us any inconvenience caused by this closure. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

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Announcement of temporary closure (Monday 13 February through Monday 20 February 2012)2012.02.10

Due to the maintenance of our museum, the entire wings are closed during the following period of time: Monday 13 February 2012 through Monday 20 February 2012
Please forgive us any inconvenience caused by this closure. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

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Announcement of temporary closure (Friday 11 March 2011)2011.03.04

The entire museum will be closed on Friday 11 March 2011 for exhibition preparation and building inspections. Please forgive us any inconvenience caused by this closure. Your understanding is greatly appreciated. →Calendar

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Announcement of temporary closure(Monday 14 February through Monday 21 February 2011)2010.11.19

Due to the maintenance of our museum, the entire wings are closed during the following period of time:
Monday 14 February 2011 through Monday 21 February 2011

Please forgive us any inconvenience caused by this closure. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

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Announcement of temporary closure(Monday 4 October 2010 through Thursday 12 October 2010)2010.6.17

Due to the maintenance of our museum, the entire wings are closed during the following period of time:
Monday 4 October 2010 through Thursday 12 October 2010

Please forgive us any inconvenience caused by this closure. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

Calendar

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Announcement of temporary closure(Friday 25 June 2010)2010.6.17

The entire museum will be closed on Friday 25 June 2010 for exhibition preparation and building inspections.

Please forgive us any inconvenience caused by this closure. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

Calendar

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Advance tickets for the “Capolavori del Museo di Capodimonte” are now available (from March 1 through June 25 )2010.3.15

“ Napoli,la Bellezza e la Corte – Capolavori del Museo di Capodimonte, dal Rinascimento al Barocco” will be held from June 26 through September 26. The advanced tickets are available (started selling at the Museum's Information Desk).

For further information about tickets, please visit Exhibitions Site (in Japanese)

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Change in Lecture Programming:
The Brian Clark Lecture scheduled for 23 February (Tues.) has been canceled. Libby Horner's lecture will proceed as scheduled.
2010.2.4

Regarding the Brian Clark Lecture scheduled for 23 February (Tues.) in conjunction with Exhibition of Frank Brangwyn, unfortunately Mr. Clark's plans have changed and he will not be traveling to Japan at this time. We greatly regret any inconvenience caused by this cancellation. The lecture scheduled for 23 February (Tues.) Libby Horner will begin at 13:00. The lecture is scheduled to end at 14:30.

For further information about "Lectures/Symposium", please click here.

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Temporary closure due to investigations related to the NMWA’s nomination for UNESCO World Heritage status2009.12.13

Entire Museum
The entire museum will be closed to the public for the following periods due to investigations related to the NMWA’s nomination for UNESCO World Heritage status.

Monday 4 January 2010 through Friday 8 January 2010
Monday 15 February 2010 through Friday 19 February 2010

Permanent Collection Galleries
The Permanent Collection Galleries located in the Main Building will be closed during the following period due to investigations related to the NMWA’s nomination for UNESCO World Heritage status.
The Permanent Collection Galleries located in the New Wing will be open during this period.

Saturday 9 January 2010 through Sunday 14 February 2010

Please forgive any inconvenience caused by this closure. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

Notice: Admission will be free of charge from January 9 through February 14, 2010, both in appreciation of the public support of the activities involved in the registration of the NMWA Main Building on the UNESCO World Heritage list and in commemoration of the museum’s 50th Anniversary.

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Advance tickets for the “Exhibition of Frank Brangwyn” are now available2009.12.1

“Exhibition of Frank Brangwyn” will be held from February 23 through May 30. The advanced tickets are available (started selling at the Museum’s Information Desk).

For further information about tickets, please visit Exhibitions Site  http://fb2010.jp (in Japanese)

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Temporary Closures due to UNESCO World Heritage-Related Investigations2009.10.21

Entire Museum
The entire museum will be closed to the public for the following periods due to UNESCO World Heritage-related investigations.

Monday 4 January 2010 through Friday 8 January 2010
Monday 15 February 2010 through Friday 19 February 2010

Permanent Collection Galleries
Permanent Collection Galleries in the Main Building will be closed during the following time period due to UNESCO World Heritage-related investigations. Permanent Collection Galleries in the New Wing will be open during this period.

Saturday 9 January 2010 through Sunday 14 February 2010

Please forgive any inconvenience caused by this closure. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

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Announcement of Teacher's Program2009.8.31

Plese see here for further details.

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Announcement of temporary closure2009.6.25

Due to preparation of exhibition and interior maintenance, The entire museum is closed during the following period of time:
Monday 31 August 2009 through Thursday 3 September 2009
Friday 18 September 2009

Your understanding of this matter would be appreciated.

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Advance tickets for the “L’eredità dell’Impero romano” exhibition are now available2009.6.25

“L’eredità dell’Impero romano”exhibition will be held from September 19 through December13. The advanced tickets are available (started selling at the Museum’s Information Desk).

For further information about tickets, please visit Exhibitions Site  http://roma2009.jp (in Japanese)

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Lecture cancellation notice: The Saturday 13 June lecture by Kazuyo Sejima has been canceled.2009.6.11

The Saturday 13 June lecture by Kazuyo Sejima, related to the exibition "Le Corbusier and the National Museum of Western Art," has been canceled due to the lecturer's circumstances."

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Louvre Museum exhibition: extended hours during Golden Week holiday period and final days of the exhibition2009.4.24

Due to the exhibition’s popularity, the museum will extend its hours as follows:

Tuesday 28 April to Sunday 10 May
Closes at 19:00 (No admission after 18:30)
Friday 1 May and Friday 8 May closes at 20:00 (No admission after 19:30)
The museum will be open throughout the above period.

Thursday 4 June to Sunday 14 June
Closes at 19:00 (No admission after 18:30)
Friday 5 June and Friday 12 June closes at 20:00 (No admission after 19:30)
The museum closes all day on Monday 8 June

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Announcement of Teachers' Program2009.2.16

Please see here for further details.

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A preliminary and limited offer of TOUCH THE MUSEUMβ -viewing of the permanent collection aided by images and sound 2009.1.30

TOUCH THE MUSEUM is an audio and visual guide using iPod Touch devices to enjoy the permanent collection of the National Museum of Western Art. Prior to the official start of TOUCH THE MUSEUM in the next fiscal year. the museum will run the program for a limited period of six days from 10 February 2009 through 15 February 2009.

Please see here for further details. (PDF File 600KB) (in Japanese)

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Announcement of temporary closure2009.1.15

The entire museum will be closed on February 27, 2009 (Friday) for exhibition preparation and building inspections.

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The museum will open on Jan. 2 (Fri.) 20092008.12.19

For this coming New Year holiday period, the museum will be closed from Dec. 28 (Sun.) through Jan. 1 (Thurs.) and open from Jan. 2 (Fri.) (Hours on Jan. 2 will be from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

We will provide New Year gifts for some of the first to arrive. Please come and enjoy our exhibitions.

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Announcement of TV broadcasting2008.12.19

A TV program focusing on the museum’s core collection, the Matsukata Collection, and the collector Kojiro Matsukata will be featured.

“Jonetsujin (passionate person) Kojiro Matsukata, the man who collected the world's masterpieces”
Jan. 18 (Sun.), 2009
15:00-16:25
Production by Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation (NTV network nationwide)
In Japanese language

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2008 X'mas Lunch menu is available from cafCafé Suiren.2008.12.9

For further details, please click here. (PDF File370KB)

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Advance tickets for the “LES REVOLUTIONS DE L’AGE CLASSIQUE : LA PEINTURE EUROPEENNE DU XVIIeme SIECLE DANS LES COLLECTIONS DU MUSEE DU LOUVRE” exhibition are now available2008.12.3

“LES REVOLUTIONS DE L’AGE CLASSIQUE : LA PEINTURE EUROPEENNE DU XVIIeme SIECLE DANS LES COLLECTIONS DU MUSEE DU LOUVRE”exhibition will be held from February28 through June14. The advanced tickets are available (started selling at the Museum’s Information Desk on Wednesday, December3).

For further information about tickets, please visit Exhibitions Site www.ntv.co.jp/louvre (in Japanese)

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Announcement of closure of permanent exhibition galleries2008.11.21

Due to renovation of the New Wing and interior maintenance, the permanent collection galleries are closed during the following period of time:

New Wing closed from September 2007 through May 10 (Sun.) 2009.

All Permanent Collection Galleries closed from May 11 (Mon.) through June 3 (Weds) 2009.

Your understanding of this matter would be appreciated.

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NMWA Collection Database launched2008.8.18

NMWA have launched an online catalogue of the collection on the web site. The database covers the paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, decorative arts and books in the collection, including some "on deposit" items. Works of art can be searched by keyword, artist name, object title and collection number.
Displayed works can also be traced from their position in the gallery as noted on the Permanent Collection map of the galleries.

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Announcing a new column, "MOTTO SIRITAI! The Museum of Western Art." 2008.6.9

<bijutsukann.com> Web site is featuring a new regular column, "MOTTO SIRITAI! The Museum of Western Art." (The site is all in Japanese.). Click here to go to the site.

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Information on Lecture-Concert "Corot's Musical Tastes"2008.5.8

For further details, please click here.

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Announcement of temporary closure2008.4.18

The entire museum will be closed on June 13, 2008 (Friday) for exhibition preparation and building inspections.

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OPEN museum official partner EPSON inaugurated OPEN museum site2008.3.13

EPSON, the official partner of the National Museum of Western Art inaugurated OPEN museum site in EPSON site.
(Is now finished.)

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Advance tickets for the “Corot” exhibition are now available2008.3.13

"Corot souvenirs et variations" exhibition will be held from June 14 through August 31. The advanced tickets are available (started selling on Monday, March 10). In addition, valuable pair tickets are also available.

For further information about tickets, please visit http://www.corot2008.jp/ (in Japanese)

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"Le Corbusier's architecture and urban planning" as a UNESCO World Heritage site2008.1.17

The Japanese government announced on Monday, January 7, 2008, its decision to nominate the main building of the National Museum of Western Art for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The nomination for the building, designed by French architect Le Corbusier, is part of a nomination made by the governments of France and other countries for a number of Le Corbusier's architectural assets. Japan's nomination is based on the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee will decide whether to inscribe the museum building on the World Heritage List through its sessions and investigations after it receives the nomination.

Background

French government is the main force behind the nomination of "Le Corbusier's architecture and urban planning." All of the nominated works, which are located throughout the world, would be registered as a single entry. Le Corbusier (1887-1965) is known as a master of modern architecture.

Future events
  • The French government plans to submit its nominating form of seven participating countries to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre by February 1, 2008.
  • The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) will conduct a field survey during summer and autumn 2008.
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Committee will decide whether to inscribe the museum building on the World Heritage List at its 33rd session to be held around July 2009.

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The museum's "Main Building" designated as an Important National Property.2007.12.26

For further details, please click here. (PDF file about160KB)(Japanese only).

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The museum’s “Main Building” registered on the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage2007.9.14

The French Government and The Foundation Le Corbusier are working together to register architectural works by Le Corbusier as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
We are very happy that the main building of the National Museum of Western Art has been included in the tentative World Heritage list. There will still be difficult times ahead until an official nomination is issue, followed by the World Heritage registration. We appreciate the efforts of all people who continue to love and support the museum. We will continue to work hard to make the museum available not just to the public in Japan but also to people throughout the world.

Masanori Aoyagi,
Director
The National Museum of Western Art

For further details on the Main Building, please click here.

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Announcement of partially closure of permanent collection galleries 2007.8.22

The permanent collection galleries are partially closed through March 2009 (scheduled) due to renovation work for the new wing. The main building will remain open.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

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First national museum that collaborates with private corporations2007.7.25

The National Museum of Western Art (Director: Masanori Aoyagi) has decided to implement "OPEN museum" project. The museum received a three-year sponsorship from Seiko Epson Corporation (President: Seiji Hanaoka) and Epson Sales Japan Corporation (President: Seiichi Hirano).

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Information on permanent collection programs2007.6.7

The National Museum of Western Art showcases artwork of a particular theme each time that it holds for "Fun with Collection". From children to adults, the museum offers opportunities to appreciate artwork in various ways. The aim is for visitors to enjoy and understand artwork that's much accessible to everyone. (For further details of the programs, please check here)

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Information on family program "Saturday Arts"2007.5.14

Saturday Arts (Doyo Bijutsu) is an experimental program in which participants can enjoy appreciating paintings and sculptures of the museum. Advanced booking is required. For further information, please check here.

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Information from Prints Study Room2005.10.25

For academic research and study of Western art history, the museum allows the viewing of prints and drawing works in its Prints Study Room for the following people:

  • Staff members of museums and art museums
  • Personnel of universities or research institutes
  • Postgraduate students
  • Those approved by the museum director

Viewing hours are 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of every month.
Viewing is free of charge but only by advance reservation.
Those who would like to use the facility, please make reservations one day in advance via e-mail mailaddres or by phone at 03-3828-5131. Your personal ID will be required to enter the room.

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