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Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art

City Center
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Address: 9 Okazaki, Enshoji-Cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8344, Kyoto Prefecture
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If you like modern art...

This would be a great place to visit. Well-curated includes art from various media. Make sure you note the museum hours, as they vary. It will be good to check. There is also an... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Burnaby, Canada
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Burnaby, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This would be a great place to visit. Well-curated includes art from various media. Make sure you note the museum hours, as they vary. It will be good to check. There is also an entrance fee. Special exhibitions collect higher fees.

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Fishers, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We visited the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art recently to view the Mary Cassatt retrospective exhibit there. We enjoyed the visit immensely. Highly recommended.

Thank N_and_R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This museum is currently doing a Mary Cassatt retrospective--more than a 100 pieces by Cassatt including a handful by her contemporaries. The exhibit is well-laid out and there are English translations for names of each piece and the painter as well as for the explanatory signs for each phase of her career. Also a nice cafe on the main floor.

Thank paokano
Oxford, UK
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Whilst the guide books dont oversell this gallery, they give entirely false hope that it is worth a visit if you are interested in 20th century art. Unfortunately, like many japanese museums, the permanent collection is very small (and I mean just 2 or 3 rooms) and the size of the building is bulked out by temporary exhibitions which you... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

The art museum has periodic exhibitions that change. The main part of the museum has some beautiful glass and china displays. The museum is not very large,so an hour is fine to see most everything. Make sure you ask for the senior rate if it applies to you. The bus stop is right outside so it is very convenient.

Thank gator33
Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Interesting variety of art pictures as well as books and Starbucks. You can definitely stay at least 3 to 4 hours here if you're an art lover.

Thank lforest
Dallas, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

Nice building with a beautiful canal on the south side of it with lots of Cherry trees. Right across from the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, so you can hit both Museums easily. There was some really nice older Japanese 'modern art' (still 1900's) and a great wall of watercolors about Kyoto. Well worth a visit to their collection

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

Hmm again not a lot on display here but some artwork was lovely. They surprisingly had no book on the actual museum itself or about it's regular exhibits, thought that was a bit strange as foreigners like me love buying books on this sort of thing.

Thank Travelling_LindaG
Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

It was our last day and it was raining. Best thing to do was to be indoors. We had been to an art museum so we chose to visit the permanent exhibits on the 4th floor, which is free to senior citizens. Exhibits are from the Meiji era paintings, pottery, scrolls and few craft items. Our young ones wanted see... More 

Thank Mypace
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

There is a decent limited collection of modern Western art but the main attraction for us was the small collection of Japanese pottery and textiles (and a few paintings). Was very quiet on a weekday; staff almost outnumbered the tourists. An hour and a half is enough for a thorough look.

Thank BadgerCT

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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