The Mori Art Museum is located on the 53rd floor of Roppongi Hills' Mori Tower, just below the Tokyo City View Observation Deck. The museum was founded by the Mori family and is showing international contemporary art since 2003. The high-class temporary exhibitions are a highlight of the Japanese art scene. The entrance fee includes the observation deck Tokyo City View. For the Sky Deck (outside on the roof top) you have to pay an extra fee. In front of the Mori Tower stands a huge spider of the French artist Louise Bourgeois.
The National Art Center Tokyo is an art museum run by the state. Japan maintains several art museums in different cities. The NACT was designed by Kisho Kurokawa, one of the most famous Japanese architects. Behind the curved glass façade is one of the largest exhibition spaces for art in Japan. Since the National Art Center Tokyo does not have a large collection, almost the entire area is used for temporary exhibitions.
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The National Museum of Tokyo is the largest museum of Asian art worldwide. Here the most important objects of Japanese culture are presented. Since the exhibition space is not sufficient to show all works of art, the exhibition space is regularly redesigned. In addition to historical objects, paintings, sculptures, calligraphy, weapons, clothing and ceramics are shown at the National Museum. The Toyokan annexe exhibits works of art from other Asian countries. The Hyokeikan building displays archaeological finds from Japan.
In front of the Museum of Natural History and Technology in Ueno Park there is a locomotive on the right and a whale on the left. So you can see from the outside what is on sisplay inside. The Department of Natural History deals with the genesis and the flora and fauna of the Japanese Isles. The engineering department shows the achievements of Japanese scientists and engineers. But it also covers global issues such as evolution or the planet Earth. The National Science and Nature Museum is suitable for children, there are also playgrounds where the little ones can let off steam. Japan has done great things in the field of science, and this museum presents the country's achievements in a very appealing exhibition.
Opened in 1959, the Museum of Western Art was designed by Le Corbusier. The collection features masterpieces by Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso and many other European painters collected by the merchant Kojiro Matsukata in the early 20th century. The Museum of Western Art in Tokyo is itself a work of art that is now considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This makes the museum architecturally a very interesting building, with skylights, ramps and balconies in the interior.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is located in Ueno Park and is housed in a modern brick building. The buildings form a courtyard with sculptures and a staircase leading down to the entrance. The museum was founded in 1921 by the donation of an industrialist. The present building was built in 1975 by Mayekawa Kunio architects. There are 4 galleries for the permanent exhibition and an exhibition room for the temporary exhibitions.
Tokyo's historical museum shows the history from the rural town Edo, as Tokyo was known at the time, to the present mega-city. Many wooden models, photos and everyday objects vividly show life in different epochs of the city's history. The Edo-Tokyo Museum is a huge white block next to the famous Sumo Hall in the Ryogoku district. The architecture is a reminiscent of historical warehouses in Kurazuki style. The architect Kiyonori Kiutake erected the monumental building in 1992. The museum also includes the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in Koganei Park in he west of Tokyo (Station: Hana-Koganei).
Museums in Tokyo
Museumsguide of Tokyo with Edo Tokyo Museum, National Museum of Western Art Tokyo, Mori Art Museum, National Art Center, Tokyo National Museum, National Museum of Western Art und Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.