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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

Address: 1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-8509, Japan
Phone Number: +81 76-220-2800
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Ranked #7 of 67 Attractions in Kanazawa
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Seongnam
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43 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

From all the historical sights, this place was a good break with all the cool modern art that are featured...great Swimming Pool piece outside of the museum!

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Sydney, Australia
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33 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We visited on a National holiday in Japan. The building itself is more interesting than the exhibits (round shape and glass). We find the "innovative" items not so innovative after all, and the interior layout is not easy to navigate. If anyone wishes to visit for the exhibits, choose another museum in a more major city in Japan. However, if... More 

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Kobe, Japan
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12 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Like so many other museums in Japan, Kanazawa's 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art is visually stunning, both inside and out. We visited in November 2014 when an exhibition of Japanese architecture was one of the main attractions. The exhibition brilliantly displayed the art and science of modern Japanese architecture, showing why so many Japanese designers have been Pritzger winners.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I was here during the exhibition for Japan Architects 1945-2010 exhibited on 2014.11.1 (Sat.) - 2015.3.15 (Sun.) Good thing they had most explanations in English. I learnt a lot about Japan's architecture history and boom and evolution. Of course, don't forget to immerse yourself into the Fake Swimming Pool by Leandro Erlich. You can't miss it if you come here.... More 

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Oakland, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

If you like modern art, you'll like this museum. It's a bit confusing, particularly when you arrive and have to decide what kind of ticket to buy. Part of the museum is free, the blue section costs xx amount, and the green part costs xx amount. They do have a brochure in English and most of the exhibits have information... More 

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Sydney
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5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The current show on Japanese architecture since 1945 is not worth going to. There is no permanent collection on display except the few works outside you can see for free. I found my visit there to be a total disappointment.

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lauranada
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

An amazing building but unfortunately we were there between exhibitions and there really was not much to see at this time. I had checked the website and knew exhibitions would be light on the ground but still thought there would be some permanent works to see.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The swimming pool art-gimmick near the entry is brilliant. Lovely architecture. And in October during weekends a market outside and live concerts.

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Sydney, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Brilliant museum with a lovely design. We saw the recent photography exhibition and had a snack in the bright and cheery cafe/restaurant near the entry. Well worth a visit, not only for the exhibits and great gift shop but also for the delicious cakes in the cafe/restaurant. Staff were excellent and we were intrigued with the 3 minute timer we... More 

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Tokyo
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24 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Such a lovely architecture! If I could, I would stay here all day! I can easily say this is one of my favorite "contemporary buildings" in Japan! Nice exhibitions also. HIGHLY recommended!

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