21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Kanazawa

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Admire a range of modern masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, home to a selection of rotating exhibits. The museum's extensive collection mostly concentrates on pieces created after 1980, with both foreign and Japanese artists represented. Don't miss the swimming pool display, which features an optical illusion placing guests under the "surface" of the water. Check the museum website for information on temporary exhibits, traveling collections, and special events. With our international travel planner, Kanazawa attractions like 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • If I wanted to look at the famous pool, visited. Guys such as mercenary, had become a photo shooting competitions in the pool. Visitors a day was a weekday, tourists and locals (? ) Of crowded with elementary school students.
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  • It was the art gallery was tried once ago. Some works of the famous pool is very impactful, honestly don't remember it. Seen from the ground and sunk in the pool who looks like moving freely, but in fact enters the pool and quiet strange. I think that 1-show experience.
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  • I strongly recommend entering the Museum and walked even if one does not want, or instruction do not devote time to art exhibitions. Worth architecture, restaurant, the patio with the famous installation of the swimming pool, the views of the outdoors from inside. It is an excellent visit. Great work from the Studio of architects SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa). Kanazawa is undoubtedly a destination for lovers of art and architecture!
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  • Loved it! Great architecture!! The exhibition "the pen" was worth the rather high entrance fee. The other part of the main exhibition was great as well. There was also an exhibition of high school students, which was a cool thing to do. I wished I had a chance to exhibit my work when I was this age. The second floor also had an exhibition which was free.
  • Accidental visitors to the museum. No wait when we came in. The Pen was on display which was fabulous. Good souvenir shops. Quite a big space. Lots of things to see inside and out.
  • It's a museum... Japanese people are extremely friendly and helpful. If you enjoy whatever exhibit that's is currently on display then I see no reason for anything less than a 5 star museum experience.
  • If you are a sucker for contemporary art, this should definitely be on your list. The queue is around 2-3 hour at peak time. The ticket is not inclusive of all exhibitions and the price for respective tickets are ¥800-1200 so you might need to splurge quite a substantial amount. If the exhibition is not for you, the souvenir shop is worth a visit too. It sells some really interesting design products and books. Yes, they are expensive as well but no harm window-shopping.
  • Very cool main exhibit when we were there called "Pen". Permanent installations we're also pretty interesting - definitely worth a look.

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