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The Watarium Museum of Contemporary Art

Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
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Address: 3-7-6 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
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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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 February 2017
Sally L
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

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 entrance price (compared to an A+ gallery like Edo). My husband would give a higher rating as he liked the artist. Quite rude to... More 

Thank Sally L
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

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 three-four floors, but very well curated with most everything in Japanese and English. Time needed, depending on the exhibition, is at least 1 hour.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

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 really interesting stuff, so that alone may be worth a visit. Plus, the area around this place is nice as... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

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 museum in a fun part of town, near Harajuku. The museum shop has a stellar collection of obscure postcards ranging from Bauhaus to "no nukes".

1 Thank ExperienceCollectorPDX
Sao Paulo
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

I've been to this museum in September 2015. When I entered, I was informed that the 3rd floor was closed. But this is half of the Museum. Moreover the exibitions pieces were out of order. In conclusion, I payed too see 100% of the museum but saw l less than half.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

It was quite an experience to accidentally find this little gallery. Packed full of some of the most amazing work. If you have any interest in contemporary art at all...you shouldn't miss watarium. If you have no interest in art....you will after visiting here. Great coffee and book shop too!

1 Thank Honey M
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015 via mobile

Nice collection of works in a small convenient location. Perfect for introducing young children to modern quirky art.

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

This is a quirky little 3 story gallery with some incredibly famous modern artists. However the curation leaves a little to be desired, with viewers often having to crane their necks to view 20" x 20" works, sometimes 3 metres above the floor. Awkwardly designed, limited volume of works... and not cheap entry at 1600Y ... the best thing about... More 

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Oak Park, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015

We were quite surprised at the excellent quality of the work displayed here--everything from photography (some stuff we'd not seen before, anywhere) to painting to video art. The photography was excellent, for the most part, with work by Allen Ginsberg we'd never seen. I can see how this place might appear to be a hit-or-miss, depending on the exhibits (but... More 

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Gold Coast
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015 via mobile

I understand the exhibit we viewed today was a sample of the gallery's permanent collection, showcasing the work of some 100 artists. Given that, one would expect the standard to be high. Unfortunately, it did not meet my expectations. The exhibits are diverse, so still worth visiting...as there is something for everyone...but would rate as okay rather than great. Allow... More 

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There are countless opportunities to shop in the Shibuya and Harajuku districts, especially in shops that focus on Japan's "Kawaii" culture. The trendiest areas are around Shibuya’s Center district, Harajuku's Takeshita-dori and in Omotesando. If you need to recharge from all the shopping, you can easily refresh yourself in Meiji Jingu or Sasaki Park. In contrast, Ebisu has a more grown up ambiance of calm and cool. At the Museum of Yebisu Beer you can learn about the beer that was responsible for the town’s name, and enjoy dining at the popular noodle shops in the surrounding area.
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