This museum was established in 1959 and centred around the Matsukata collection

The collection housed impressionist paintings and the sculptures of Auguste Rodin. These masterpieces, as well as others from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, are still on display today. The structure itself is a significant structure designed by renowned French architect Le Corbusier. The structure was erected after WWII to symbolise the continuation of France’s ties with Japan. The National Museum of Western Art provides everyday Japanese citizens with the opportunity to observe and appreciate western art and culture.