Admire gem-like Western art at a World Heritage Museum
The National Museum of Western Art opened 1959 as Japan’s only national institution devoted to Western art. Building upon the core Matsukata Collection returned to the Japanese people by the French government, the museum collects and exhibits Western art and related materials. The museum also conducts related research, preservation and restoration, educational programs and publication activities. Le Corbusier designed the Main Building. In 2016, “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement" including the National Museum of Western Art was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.