- Hours and Transportation
- Admission fees
- The collection and architecture
- Exhibitions (Including special exhibitions)
- Various services
Hours and Transportation
- What are the museum’s hours? What days do the museum close?
Regular hours March to mid-January: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
*Mid January to end of February: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00.
Fridays 9.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Every Monday
*When a national holiday falls on Monday, the museum is open on that day but closed on the following Tuesday.
New Year's period (Dec. 28 to Jan. 1)
*The museum may occasionally open or close at irregular hours.
*Depending on special exhibitions, the museum may remain open throughout the exhibition period. Please check the information on the “Current Exhibitions” page.
- Do you close during the Golden Week holiday in May?
- Usually, the museum is open throughout Golden Week.Please check the information on the “Current Exhibitions” page.
- How do I get to the museum?
- The closest train station is JR Ueno Station on the Yamanote Line. Subways of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Hibiya Line, also Keisei Line are accessible. Please see further information on the Direction page.
- I’d like to go the museum by car. Do you have parking lot?
- There is no parking at the museum. Please use pay-parking around Ueno Park.
(Please see the [Parking Guide Map] for details)
- What are the museum’s admission fees to view the permanent collection?
Admission fees for the permanent collection Individuals Groups (more than 20 people) Adults 430 yen 220 yen University students 130 yen 70 yen
Please present your ID, if required, at the museum’s box office.
Group discounts require the submission of an application form. Please ask at the box office or call 03-3828-5131 for details.
*Special exhibitions charge different admission prices. Please see the Current Exhibitions page. Tickets for the special exhibitions also include admission to the permanent collection.
*Credit cards and Suica electronic money service are available at the box office (UC, MasterCard, Visa, Saison, JCB, American Express, and Diners Club are accepted).
- Are there any free admission days for the permanent collection exhibition?
- Yes, on the second and fourth Saturdays every month, and November 3 (Culture Day), for all visitors.
- Do you have passes or multiple-use tickets?
- Sorry. We do not provide such tickets.
Collection and architecture
- What kind of works do you have in your permanent collection?
- On exhibit are paintings from the pre-18th century old masters, including Veroneze and Rubens, to 20th century French Modern by Picasso and Miro in the Matsukata Collection. Sculptures by Rodin and Maillol are also on display. For further details, please check at the collection page.
- Do you allow visitors to take photos (including digital cameras) or copy the works?
- Detailed copying is not allowed, while taking photos of the collection at the permanent exhibitions is allowed. However, strobe lights and tripods are prohibited.
All photography and videography is forbidden when the galleries are crowded.
Works on loan from other museums cannot be photographed.
- I have taken a photograph of "The Thinker" by Rodin in the museum’s front garden. Is it possible to use this picture?
- Not for any profit-earning activities.
- Is it possible to use images of artworks from the museum’s Web page?
- Not for any profit-earning activities. Please confirm by e-mail or telephone. When you send us an e-mail, please mention your name, organizations and phone numbers.
- How many hours are required to see the permanent collection exhibition?
- The average time is 1 to 1.5 hours.
- What is the Matsukata Collection?
- Works collected by Kojiro Matsukata (1865-1950) are known as the Matsukata Collection. For further details, see the Matsukata Collection page.
- When was the museum building constructed and who designed it?
- The National Museum of Western Art was built to house and display the works of the Matsukata Collection, which arrived from France in 1959. At that time, there was only the main building, designed by French architect Le Corbusier. The new wing was built in 1979, and then the special exhibition galleries on the basement floor were built in 1997 under the forecourt.
The latter two buildings were designed by Kunio Maekawa (1905-1986), a student of Le Corbusier.
For details on the buildings, please refer to the Floor Guide.
Exhibitions (special exhibitions)
- Do the special exhibitions travel to other museums?
- Please check the Current Exhibitions page.
- What are the admission fees for special exhibitions? Are there advanced or discount tickets?
- Please see the Current Exhibitions page.
- Are there events and lectures related to special exhibitions?
- Please see the events page for details.
- Who are the co-sponsors of the special exhibitions?
- Please see the Current Exhibitions page.
- When is the best time to avoid crowds when viewing the special exhibitions?
- It depends on the exhibition. Usually, weekdays during first half of the exhibition period. Around 9:30 a.m., just after the museum opens its doors, and Friday night after 6 p.m. are the best times.
- Are there restaurants in the museum?
- Café Suiren is located in the museum.
- Are picture cards of the permanent collections available?
- Picture cards, art books and other items are available at the Museum Shop.
- I’d like to have catalogs of the special exhibitions.
- The exhibition catalogs are available at the exhibition site. If you prefer to receive these by post, please call or e-mail us. When you send your e-mail, please mention your name, phone number and the title of the catalog you require.
For catalogs of the exhibitions held so far, please see the page “how to purchase exhibition catalogs.”
- Do I have to pay an admission fee to go to the restaurant or museum shop?
- No. They are accessible without admission fees. Please see the Floor Guide.
- Do you allow babies?
- Yes. There are no restrictions. However, if your baby starts crying while in the gallery to the annoyance of other visitors, we may ask you to go out until the crying stops. We hope you appreciate this.
- Do you allow baby strollers inside? Do you lend strollers?
- You can bring your stroller inside. We do not lend them. But when the galleries are crowded, the use of strollers may be impossible.
- Are baby changing tables, a nursing room, or baby care services available?
- Baby changing tables are available in restrooms located on the first floor of the main building and the second basement floor of the special exhibition galleries. Please check the location on the Floor Guide. There is no nursing room or baby care services.
- Does an accompanying person to a disabled person require an admission fee?
- Basically, one companion to a disabled person is admitted free of charge.
Please see the guidance for the Accessibility.
- Do you provide wheelchairs?
- Yes. Please ask at the information desk.
- Does the museum have a supporting group?
- Sorry, we do not have any.
- How many staff there? How many are curators?
- The number of full-time working staff is 23 (as of April 1, 2016). For details, please see the latest “Summary of the National Museum of Western Art.” It can be browsed free of charge in the lobby of the main building.
- Are there any openings for staff?
- For recruitment, please see the Career section (It is described in Japanese.).
- Do you invite intern students?
- Please see Japanese “intern” page for intern. We post intern recruitment on our Web page.
- Do you have a lost and found office?
- Please contact us by e-mail or telephone, mentioning your name, phone number and detailed description of what you've lost.