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The National Museum of Western Art's World Heritage Registration

This is a breaking news video from July 2016, published by "ANNnewsCH", titled "The Ueno-National Museum of Western Art is a World Heritage Site; The 20th in Japan(上野・国立西洋美術館が世界遺産に 日本で20件目)".

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee held in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2016, was on the 17 buildings around the world designed by French architect Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier's architectural works are "a remarkable contribution to the modern architectural movement", and as such, it was registered as a World Heritage site.
The National Museum of Western Art, located in Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, is one of the World Heritage sites that span multiple regions, including Europe, South America and Asia.

What's So Amazing About Being Registered as a World Heritage Site, and What Are They?

Japan has many historic cultural and natural sites that have become world heritage sites such as Mt. Fuji, Himeji Castle, Yakushima, Shirakawa-go and Gokayama Gassho-zukuri Villages, the Atomic Bomb Dome, Itsukushima Shrine, and Shurijo Castle.
The National Museum of Western Art, introduced in this video, has been registered as Japan's 20th World Heritage Site.

The National Museum of Western Art, completed in 1959, is the only Corbusier building in Japan.
One of the highlights of the building is its unique construction method which supports the first floor only using columns. This can be seen in the video at 0:35.
This construction method had a great influence on modern Japanese architecture.
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo has been registered by the World Heritage Convention as a World Heritage Site in recognition of its "prominent universal value".

What Kind of Place Is the National Museum of Western Art?

The National Museum of Western Art, now registered as a World Heritage site, specializes in displaying modern Western art works.

Originally, it started with a collection exhibition called the "Matsukata collection" (Koujiro Matsukata), but now there are many paintings and sculptures by European artists such as Monet and Van Gogh as well.
In addition to the permanent exhibition at the main building, popular exhibition events such as the Habsburg exhibition also attract a lot of attention.

A Summary of the National Museum of Western Art

Image of the National Museum of Western Art
Photo : The National Museum of Western Art

At 1:00 in the video, you can see the delight on their faces as the museums curators hear it will be registered as a World Heritage Site.
When visiting Tokyo, consider taking a trip to the National Museum of Western Art, a beautiful architectural display housing many other works of art.

◆National Museum of Western Art, facility overview◆
【Address】7-7 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
【Access】1 minute walk from JR Ueno Station
【Admission fee / ticket fee】500 yen for general, 250 yen for university students (* as of April 2020)
【Hours of Operation】 9:30 to 17:30, and 9:30 to 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
【Average time spent here】About 90 minutes

【Official website】 The National Museum of Western Art

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Last Updated : Nov. 15, 2021
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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The National Museum of Western Art in Ueno, Tokyo. A World Heritage Site Since 2016, Le Corbusier's World-Famous Architecture in Taito City Is Home to Many Famous Works of Art!
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