21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Kanazawa

(3.4/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web)
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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  • It was raining so indoor tourist visited for the purpose. First of all, in one word-employee attitudes, bad! Most are monitored by the aunt. It is extremely unpleasant. Common sense of the Museum does not help at all. Though they are all good works is messed up with the employees ' fault. I'm not paying the entry fee, and unpleasant to have! Don't go another 2 degrees!
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  • And came with a set of 6 garden, Kanazawa Castle Park tourism. Town from Kanazawa Station, by bus to the front of 100 yen. Is divided up (free) and exhibition zones (charges apply), you can see that many people, not slowly. Not a famous Museum of art?
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  • 21世紀美術館離金澤城跟兼六園並不遠,走路就可以到達。有分需要門票以及免費的展區可以做參觀。外頭也擺放了很多藝術家的作品喔,路過的時候不妨來這邊看看喔! 
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  • My kids love this place and my son was able to read the description and explained to me all the art work here. The special exhibition on 西京人was brilliant too! It was co worked by Japanese, Korea, and Chinese about special country! They demonstrated some interesting philosophies which are worth of reading through! The permanent exhibition of the pool is also fun to go with kids. The local citizen exhibitions shows very high standard of art work by local art lovers! Even art members at waiting list to become official art members have got great work exhibited!
  • Can be very crowded with special exhibits but the lines move fast. (Has coin lockers -- 100Y refunded when returned. Well air-conditioned to escape the heat in the middle of the day. Warning: others are doing that too!). The museum is broken into several sections. The outdoor has permanent exhibits that are free to visit. Indoors there are various sections, there are a few areas that are free. Next is the main exhibit space that is 70% of museum and under one ticket, it includes various courtyards as well. Finally there are special exhibits that require separate tickets. (For example you may need three tickets if you want to see it all but it may be tiring to spend that much time in exhibits).
  • Features installations from James Turrell and Leandro Erlich. Absolute must for art fans.
  • Museum of Contemporary art in Kanazawa with temporal exhibitions in its different rooms, mostly of Japanese artists. It's a good counterpoint to the Kenroku Koen (garden).
  • Half the museum was closed when I visited (including Leandro's pool and the basement level) but the remaining galleries were a pleasure to walk through. While I'm no modern artist connoisseur, I had a fun time, especially at some of the outdoor permanent displays.