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Visiting The National Art Center in Tokyo
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The National Art Center is a museum in Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. A joint project of the Agency for Cultural Affairs and the National Museums Independent Administrative Institution, it stands on a site formerly occupied by a research facility of the University of Tokyo.

Experience A Futuristic Gallery Space At The National Art Center

Experience A Futuristic Gallery Space At The National Art Center

1. Art Library

1. Art Library

The National Art Center collects books, magazines, journals, exhibition catalogs, and other materials related to the arts. There are two libraries at the National Art Center: the Art Library, located on the third floor of the Main Building, and the Art Library Annex, located on the first floor of the Annex. If you are not certain where the materials you are looking for are located, please ask the counter staff at the Art Library. The library's materials are made available to everyone free of charge for on-site reading. This is a must thing to do at The National Art Center.

2. Restaurant/Cafes

2. Restaurant/Cafes

Brasserie Paul Bocuse. Le Musée seeks to fulfill what Paul Bocuse regards as his mission: to give more people in Japan the chance of enjoying the delights of French cuisine by making it available at affordable prices. The Brasserie offers authentic French food, using ingredients of the highest quality. The first cafe, Salon de Thé ROND tea salon, sits high atop a gigantic inverted cone and takes its name from its location in this round space. Visitors can enjoy conversing with each other in an atmosphere of elegance while enjoying the finest teas and desserts. The Salon offers an assortment of delicious treats, including sandwiches and a variety of cakes, as well as tea, coffee, and a selection of wines. The last one is Cafe Coquille. Set against a glass curtain wall that is rippled like a coquille (shell), the cafe features a spacious atrium with a 21-meter-high ceiling and a bright, wide-open terrace. Located on the first floor lobby of The National Art Center, Tokyo, Cafe COQUILLE is an ideal meeting spot and it also offers a time for pleasant delights after exploring the Center. The cafe has a selection of beverages and snacks for visitors who would like to have a quick break. Take a break during The National Art Center tour and visit one of these cafes.

3. The Building

3. The Building

The large atrium is enclosed in an undulating glass curtain wall, with exterior glass louvers to block direct light and ultraviolet rays. Kurokawa also designed the new glass curtain wall for the existing library building. The reflection of the new Art Center on the facade makes a visual connection between the buildings. The building contains seven 2,000 square meter column-less galleries, that can be divided up into smaller spaces by a series of internal partitions. The partitions, each weighing 2.5 ton, can be moved by two people. Skylights and translucent spaces between the wood slatted walls admits daylight into the galleries. A vast outdoor exhibition space is located on the back side of the building. The Center also contains a library, an auditorium, a restaurant, a cafe, a museum shop, and a rooftop garden. The restaurant and café are located in the upper part of two inverted concrete cones.

Insider Tips

How to Get Tickets?

The National Art Center, Tokyo is one of Japan's largest exhibition spaces. The main exhibition space is free, but the center also hosts a number of special exhibits that you'll have to buy The National Art Center tickets. You can get the tickets when you enter the museum, you will find a prominent ticket booth to the right. Admission is determined for each exhibition. The National Art Center tickets to annual exhibition of artists associations is also determined by the organizers.

How To Get Around?

The National Art Center, Tokyo is located in the Roppongi district at the center of Tokyo. The National Art Center tour can be done by walking, the building is amazingly designed and you will be able to explore everything. Also, Roppongi is a downtown area known for its numerous high-scale restaurants, boutiques, foreign offices in addition to being home to many 'art-creators'. The area can be explored by walking, this is the most convenient way to do it as you can enjoy all the things it has to offer.

What Should I Wear?

There is no dress code at the museum, you can wear anything you want. Make yourself comfortable to explrore the museum and its suroundings.

Facts

Best Time to Visit

The National Art Center tour can be done at any time of the year. It is open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is closed on Tuesdays. It's open from 10am to 6pm except Friday when it closes at 8pm.

Currency

Yen

Will I Need a Guide?

No, you will not need a guide to enjoy the things to do at The National Art Center. The museum is best explored by yourself, this way you can spend your time there freely.

How To Get There?

If you take the train, take Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line and stop at Nogizaka Station, choose the direct access from Exit 6 and you will find the museum. To transfer from Harajuku Station (JR Yamanote Line) to Meijijingumae Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line), please use the Omote-sando Exit of Harajuku Station.

Additional Info

one or two occupying the galleries on the ground floor of the complex. To be fair, the special exhibitions are usually of top quality, and if you’ve come this far and you have the disposable yen, they’d probably be worth checking out.

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