21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Kanazawa

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Art Museum
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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  • This is a great place. Think fun meets contemporary art. Yes, I know, hard to imagine. This is less a museum and more a kind of art hub. The building is recent but not one of those statemental buildin...  more »
  • This was surprisingly enjoyable. Part of the attraction was a special exhibit by a Japanese pen and ink artist Ikeda Manabu, but we enjoyed the other exhibits and the building itself. Had good pasta a...  more »
  • The price is very reasonable and the exhibits are so cool. I never would've tired of the different interesting optical illusions of the modern artwork and it's very picturesque. The outside is free an...  more »
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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.
  • Worth visiting if only for the kids to enjoy the outside exhibit. Bought a cool puzzle from the museum shop while the kids climbed and ran around outside then went on our way. Great to stop by on your way out of or to the gardens nearby.