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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-8509, Japan
+81 76-220-2800
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Ranked #7 of 67 Attractions in Kanazawa
Type: Art Museums
Traveler Description:   The museum sits just near the Gardens, below the Castle. The building itself, designed by Tokyo architects SANAA, is worth the visit. It features... more »
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Tokyo
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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Tel Aviv
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The museum is conveniently located near the gardens, and it is small and interesting. They have changing exhibitions from different kinds of art (abstract art, fashion, installations, sculptures) and it is worth going around. Also it has very nice museum shop with modern design items.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

At first I wasn't sure I would spend the 1,000 yen to see all of the exhibits, but I am glad I did. The structure/building itself is a work of art - definitely part of the overall experience. The permanent exhibits allowed me to become 'involved' with the art. Leandro Erlich's obscured perceptions of reality are fantastic. Check out the... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

After spending time in Samuai districts and Geisha Districts to spend the afternoon in the Contemporary Art Museum was like moving to another world. The Museum is an easy walk from the main shopping area of Kanazawa and is well sign posted so very easy to find. The Museum is amazing. The architecture itself is a piece of art. I... More

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Fukui, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A very interesting museum, with some interesting and surprising exhibits. It is free to enter, and even without entering has interesting open-air exhibits that you can enter and interact with. You can walk around and see a lot for free, though there are also paid exhibits (which we did not enter). There is a small gift shop, and a (pricey)... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

both the paid and unpaid parts of the museum (we saw the elrich exhibition and the reflection/mirror exhebition) were interesting and located in a very nice architectural building. The exhibtions were worth the entrance fee of 1000 yen (for 2 exhibitions).

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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The exhibits in this museum were not only interesting contemporary exhibitions, but wildly exciting and unusual. Especially the Erlich "light" show with unbelievable elements that challenged our reality. Great!! Our grandson originally was not interested in coming inside, but when we coaxed him it to see the visual enigmas, he wanted to stay all day!

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A low profile building creating an unobtrusive space space next to Kenrokuen. Very good temporary and permanent exhibitions and workshops. A favourite might be the Anish Kapoor room with one of his typical works. The glass walls seem to float between the outside glass circumference offering light in ite of quite low ceiling for an art gallery. Well worth a... More

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San Francisco
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I'm a museum person (both personally and professionally) so take this review with that in mind. I made a pilgrimage of sorts to see this well-known museum by SAANA. It was worth it. Kanazawa is a nice town for 2-3 days, with some nice historic areas and an amazing garden. The museum was a highlight, even for my husband who... More

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I've seen more impressive modern art museums but still, the Leandro Erlich exhibit was cool and I loved the Nakamura Yoshifumi hut exhibit!

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