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Benesse House Museum

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Address: Godanji, Kagawa-gun, Naoshima-cho 761-3110, Kagawa Prefecture
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+81 87-892-3223

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Nice museum

It was a nice museum and we had a good time. What I was impressed most was the art piece which the wordings were randomly flashed one by one and finally every wording was lighted... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 March 2016
Kyoto, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

It was a nice museum and we had a good time. What I was impressed most was the art piece which the wordings were randomly flashed one by one and finally every wording was lighted up. Die and live are next to each other... The others I also enjoyed were three speaking men, and with the best timing, they started... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

Remarkable room, outstanding environment. Worth the extra effort to get to Naoshima. Exploring the island require research ahead of time which will pay off hugely when you arrive at Naoshima. Benesse House is remarkable, it is simply not like any other environment you will ever have experienced before. For Contemporary Art lovers this is an unforgettable place

Thank Bonida
Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

I didn't stay at the house but others suggest if you can afford a night go for it. Stunning hillside location with fantastic views. Some great works by great artists that you can get close to and appreciate. Most of the works are now getting old and some look a little tired. Unfortunately you can't take photos in any of... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

Maybe a quarter of the art work really resonated with me, but it's a lovely space with great views. Completely uncrowded in February. Expensive but good latte in cafe.

Thank Matt S
Oakland, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

A lot of it wasn't, IMHO. My favorite was the tiny installation of wooden 'weeds' growing out of a gap in the concrete walls inside. The 'no-photos' irritated me.

Thank Forb1
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

I had a high expectation for this place, being the first museum built on this island, but when I finally got here, I was very disappointed. This might have been because we had just been the wonderful Chichu art museum but it was more than that. You buy tickets from a table temporarily set up between two glass doors, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015

Probably the most integrated experience of museum and landscape architecture with a great art collection that I have ever had. The collection is outstanding, but as others have noted great works by the same artists can be seen in New York and elsewhere. The main event here is the architecture: the way Ando curates the viewer's experience by moving her... More 

Thank Amy L
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

Poor signage and limited art for such a large building. Cafe we had lunch at inside only had two meal options - we had spaghetti and a small salad. The Japanese restaurant was booked out. Nice views, nice building that's about it! Entrance is 1,000 yen pp.

Thank Skin197
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015 via mobile

Both the building and the art collection are a very good reason to visit Naoshima. Don't forget to walk around the Benesse House both to the right and left of it as there are many hidden art gems surrounding it! We came there by the free shuttle bus from the Chichu museum. After seeing the yellow pumpkin by Kusama we... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

The Benesse House Museum is another architectural site built by Ando. It is built with large simple concrete walls that he is known for. Sometimes the structure can overpower the art, however. There are some sweet gems here by Cy Twombly, Richard Long, Jessica Stockholder, and Sam Francis. It wont take long but is worth the trip.

Thank jbsalee

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