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Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Hara Bijutsukan)
Ranked #10 of 148 things to do in Shinagawa
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
459 reviews
311 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2014

I'm no art expert, but I was more than impressed by the exhibits at this charming little museum. As the previous reviewers have mentioned, the space in this former residence has been very well utilised -it's got just the right amount of art, at the right spots. I especially enjoyed having a leisurely afternoon tea in the sculpture garden, alone with my thoughts on the highly introspective exhibits (especially the meditation one!). Overall a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Ming H
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Seattle, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“A gem of a boutique art museum”
Reviewed 12 January 2014

This is the type of boutique art museum that you want to go when you are feeling introspective. It is small but located in a stunning piece of art deco architecture and holds just enough pieces of artwork so that one can see everything at a leisurely pace. It's a great date spot too, with a whimsical ambience.

Visited February 2013
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Paris, France
Level 6 Contributor
209 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“For contemporary art lovers”
Reviewed 5 May 2013 via mobile

An unexpected mansion, a beautiful garden with sculptures, a place that you would dream to leave in! This confidential museum is a good way to get out of the dictates of a visit in Tokyo and discover unexpected artists. The curator proposes a high level international contemporary art selection, please consult the program on the net to know what to expect.
Once there, dare to open doors : behind are hidden a few permanent art installations, like Yoshitomo Nara's drawing studio, or an installation by french artist Jean-Pierre Raynaud. Do not forget to enjoy the garden and if time allows, have a cap of tea if a simple luch at the cafe.

Visited May 2013
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Ayase, Japan
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Stunning former residence with rotating exhibits”
Reviewed 22 January 2013

I gave this museum only an average rating because much of one's experience is based on rotating exhibits. It can be fabulous at times and lacking at other times. Do you research and find out what exhibits are being held prior to going.

That being said, the former private home is beautiful. It's located in a residential area making it a bit hard to find at first. There is a cafe/restaurant on site that makes "art dessert" based on the current exhibit. It's a nice little escape from the chaos of Tokyo.

Note: It can be a bit confusing to get here so I would recommend taking a taxi from Shinagawa station. On the way back, you can try to navigate yourself or the front desk can call a taxi for you.

Visited September 2012
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Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“I suspect every visitor dreams about living here...”
Reviewed 4 September 2012

Fantastic art deco mansion. The building itself and the interior decoration is so very nice. It's small compared to other major museums, so you won't feel terribly knackered after viewing whatever exhibition is on. The garden is well cared for and you' can spend some peaceful time there, too.

Visited October 2011
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