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Updated: December 4, 2019
Established in 1926, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is Japan's first public art museum. This museum features colorful thematic exhibitions, as well as special exhibitions that provide encounters with art masterpieces from both Japan and overseas. Each year, to showcase up-and-coming artists and art groups, it sponsors around 280 exhibitions a year. It also holds school education exhibitions to encourage and support student artists.
If you want to learn all there is to know about art, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is the place to visit. Even the building itself, designed by Japanese modernist architecture maestro Kunio Mayekawa, is a work of art in its own right. As a "doorway to art," the museum hosts art communication programs—a wide range of activities to make art more accessible and to foster art appreciation among the general public.
After looking through the museum's vast galleries, call it a day well-spent by enjoying a meal or coffee—the museum has two restaurants and a café. You can also unwind while enjoying the view of Ueno Park at the tranquil Sato Keitaro Memorial Lounge, where you can also look up art-related information on computer terminals or ask the friendly, knowledegable staff for assistance. Or, why not take home some memorabilia from the museum shop? Visitors are welcome to simply come and use the cafe and restaurants; you're more than welcome to drop by to dine!
The facade of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. ©Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Restaurant Muse. ©Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
The museum shop. ©Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
FreeVaries per exhibition or screening
For updated information on opening hours, closings, prices, and more, please check the official website or ask the facility directly.