The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

Sightseeing information about The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan.

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art4.8

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The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, located near the famous Kenrokuen garden, is attracting visitors with its distinctive architectural design. The circular building of 113m in diameter is surrounded by three streets and entered from four directions, without a facade or main gate. The overall use of glass walls provides transparency and openness, and there are many public spaces such as a library and lecture rooms, making the site a new 'town square'.

In the public spaces are some permanent installations such as Leandro Erlich's "Swimming Pool", which looks like a real pool with people apparently walking underwater. Temporary exhibitions showcase leading contemporary artists from Japan and abroad in innovative installations. Museum admission is free, but special exhibitions are ticketed.

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3.0a month ago

A few very nice exhibits, but not a lot here. Probably a very good place for families with children. A few exhibits they can play in outside, and a very large creative area for children inside. The popular swimming pool exhibit was very cool. The gift shop was very nice as well. Some of the exhibits are free, but many require tickets.

5.0in the last week

Nice and interesting museum. However, there are so many people and you may have to wait in a long que to buy a ticket. It is recommended that you come on a weekday. The restaurant serves excellent dishes.

4.0a month ago

We came early in the day and were still surprised how many people were in line. We bit the bullet and went to the back but were surprised at how fast it moved. The museum definitely did not disappoint us. I definitely recommend.

3.03 months ago

TL;Dr I certainly wouldn't put this as a must see site in Kanazawa.

There's a queue for tickets, and then another queue so they can time-release you through the museum. At 10am on a Friday morning I thought I'd lucked out but was ultimately still kept waiting about 30 minutes.

No photos allowed anywhere inside which is a bit of a bummer. There are also two parts of the museum so you have to buy two tickets to see the whole thing - 360 and 900Y respectively. It's possible one of these was some kind of special exhibit and my lack of language skills failed me but they had laminated maps and things to show the division so it seemed quite permanent.

On the 'adventure in seeing' side exhibits were all of the optical illusion variety. Obviously it's a matter of opinion but my opinion is this was all a bit tame and not really worth seeing.

On the 900Y side (name untranslated) there were several rooms of photographic art and contemporary painting art.

As reported in the last review several rooms were closed 'reopening time unknown'.

Maybe I'm a contemporary art heathen but I was really underwhelmed by the whole experience, the swimming pool optical illusion is the only thing that remotely tickled my senses. I certainly wouldn't put this as a must see site.

4.0a month ago

A very playful museum! Easy access & great souvenirs. And what's more: it's kids-friendly! This is among the top 3 of Kanazawa itineraries

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Kanazawa is a well preserved samurai city,that is why the city still keeps so many Edo period buildings and maintains traditional cultures and customs.we can see Geisha and Samurai Districts,Kenroku-en Park: one of the most beautiful gar...

Kanazawa is a well preserved samurai city,that is why the city still keeps so many Edo period buildings and maintains traditional cultures and customs.we can see Geisha and Samurai Districts,Kenroku-en Park: one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan, Ninja temple,traditional and modern srt work and seafood.

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