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The Ueno Royal Museum

A central venue for art exhibitions in Tokyo.

Photo of The Ueno Royal Museum, Japan (上野之森美術館 by Wei-Te Wong)

Opened in 1972, the Ueno Royal Museum is a private institution in Ueno Park, Tokyo, known for its special exhibitions that cover various artistic styles and mediums. It has established itself as a significant place for art promotion and cultural exchange.

About The Ueno Royal Museum

The Ueno Royal Museum, or “Ueno no Mori Bijutsukan,” is unique in that it does not maintain a permanent collection. Instead, it is known for its carefully curated exhibitions. The museum is dedicated to supporting contemporary artists, such as events like the Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition, which began in 1983, and the annual “VOCA Exhibition,” a partnership with Dai-ichi Life that started in 1994.

The museum has hosted popular exhibitions, many attracting hundreds of thousands or sometimes millions of visitors, as was the case for the 2012 “Tutankhamun Exhibition”.

Offering a variety of artistic expressions, the museum’s special exhibitions include contemporary art, calligraphy, manga, hanga prints, and ukiyo-e, contributing to a vibrant Tokyo art scene. The Ueno Royal Museum also engages in educational programs and events to promote cultural understanding.

The surrounding Ueno Park enhances the museum experience with its beauty and additional attractions. The museum is proactive in seeking collaborations for art and architecture projects, ensuring that repeat visitors will often find new and compelling exhibitions.

Getting There the easiest way to reach The Ueno Royal Museum

E 09

 Toei Oedo Line

 about 5 minute walk (500m)
G 15

 Ginza Line

 about 5 minute walk (400m)
JY 04

JR Okachimachi
 JR Yamanote Line

 5-10 minute walk (500m)
C 13

 Chiyoda Line

 5-10 minute walk (500m)
H 18

 Hibiya Line + 3 more

 5-10 minute walk (800m)

Around The Ueno Royal Museum

The Ueno Royal Museum

Art Museum in Tokyo

open 10am - 4:30pm
closed Seasonal Dates


上野の森美術館, 東京

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