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Top 7 Museums to Visit in Tokyo

Learn about the top seven museums to visit on a trip to Tokyo in this Howcast travel video.

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Visiting one of Tokyo’s museums is a great way to get acquainted with the city’s history and culture.

The Tokyo National Museum is a good place to start.

It’s Japan’s oldest museum and has one of the world’s best collections of Japanese art and antiques, as well as archeological objects from ancient Japan.

The Nezu Museum also has an excellent collection of Japanese art. This is where you can see some of the best Japanese paintings, sculptures, calligraphy, ceramics, and much more.

You can learn more about the history of Tokyo in particular at the Edo-Tokyo Museum. See what Tokyo looked like as far back as 1590 and and at various other significant times in its history.

But not all of Tokyo’s museums focus on the past. For contemporary art, visit the Mori Art Museum. There’s always something new and current on exhibition.

The National Art Center is another museum that focuses on being a venue for contemporary art from around the world.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum also boasts a collection of modern Japanese art, but it’s also always hosting temporary exhibits, whether for local or international artists.

Tokyo is an international city, so you’re not limited to Japanese art. The National Museum of Western Art is home to Japan’s best collection of works by European artists. This is the place to go for Monet paintings and Rodin sculptures.

Visit Tokyo’s museums to see the city’s connection with the world and its strong sense of self.

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