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. Put 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kanazawa day trip planner .
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  • October 3, 2017
    Nice to 8/2, but was 1-6 exhibition. Exhibits were completely incomprehensible meaning unknown to me. I was disappointed to only think of bad times, had hoped.
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  • October 2, 2017
    It was during the previous entry, many exhibits interesting season. Know now is just what is famous too exhibits much like. It might be going during the school trip, tourists, tourists from overseas, students take hard tour.
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  • September 29, 2017
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  • May 31, 2017
    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.
  • June 3, 2017
    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.
  • June 5, 2017
    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.
  • April 9, 2017
    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.
  • June 29, 2017
    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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