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WATARI-UM Watari Museum of Contemporary Art


A private art museum in Jingumae, Shibuya. It focuses on worldwide contemporary art and holds numerous exhibitions based on original concepts such as photography and designs. The building, with the impressive striped patterned outer wall, was designed by a Swiss architect, Mario Botta. The name of the museum comes from director and the curator of the museum, the Watari Family.

Tokyo Shibuya-ku Jingumae 3-7-6
Monday (except Public holiday), 12/31-1/4
[Admission fee] General 1000 yen, student 800 yen
Updated at: May 29, 2019NAVITIME JAPAN Information Sources: 


  • Reviewed 2017-04-23

    Small contemporary art museum in Aoyama, Tokyo

    This is an art museum owned by an individual, mainly characterized by an exhibition of contemporary art. When I visited, an exhibition of famous Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto was held. There... more

    Date of visit: 2017-04
  • Reviewed 2017-02-06

    Not my favourite place

    We visited this gallery as part of a one week trip to Tokyo and on recommendation from Google search. The special exhibit was not of a required standard and that the facilities did not match the... more

    Date of visit: 2017-01
  • Reviewed 2016-09-26

    Nam June Paik

    Very interesting museum with a fantastic book store. There was a retrospective of Nam June Paik's work when I visited, which was very good and interesting. The museum is small, spaced out over... more

    Date of visit: 2016-09
  • Reviewed 2016-08-07

    Hit or Miss

    This is more of an art gallery than a museum, so check out the exhibits before you go, since it can be real hit or miss. I personally like it, because of its quirky art. The gift shop always has... more

    Date of visit: 2016-03
  • Reviewed 2016-04-21

    Contemporary art is *so* personal

    I always enjoy these kinds of museums - small enough to appreciate without being overwhelmed. Your experience will be different from mine - and of course will depend on the exhibition. Its a small... more

    Date of visit: 2016-04
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