Hara Museum of Contemporary Art 原美術館

An art deco house of contemporary art

Built in 1938, this Bauhaus-style former personal residence opened its doors to the public as the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in 1979. Ascend the sweeping staircase and cross the wooden floors to find over 1,000 works of modern art from post-1950 art movements tucked away in the nooks and corners.

Quick Facts

The museum's collection includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and installations

The museum is only open during exhibitions

How to Get There

The museum is accessible by train or taxi.

You can reach the museum on foot in 15 minutes from the Takanawa exit of Shinagawa Station, which has several train lines running through it, including the JR Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku and Tokaido lines, as well as the Keikyu Line.

Exhibitions, performances and lectures

A permanent home to works from Mark Rothko, Yayoi Kusama and Jackson Pollock along with a wide selection of other Japanese artists, the museum also hosts regular lectures, performances and exhibitions highlighting work from young contemporary artists.

Take a break in the Café d'Art

After you've filled up on contemporary culture, take a break in the suitably artistic Café d'Art that overlooks the courtyard. The airy cafe provides a nice respite from the busy city's pace.

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