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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

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Address: 1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa 920-8509, Ishikawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 76-220-2800
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The best part abot the building itself is the building! Designed by one of Japan's renowed architect - SANAA, it's such an honor to be able to actually step inside the building... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 18, 2014
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Kentville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have visited this museum twice, and each time have been fascinated. The grounds are inviting and fun for kids (and adults), with sound installations, and the sleekly-designed building is user-friendly. The permanent collection includes Leandro Erlich's intriguing "Swimming Pool", and one gallery, a courtyard open to the sky. Temporary exhibitions seem to be equally interesting - this time, ti... More 

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Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is a wonderful museum that sadly does not have a permanent collection to speak of. As such it rather depends on the exhibition whether or not you will find it interesting. Parts of the impressive building, however, can be visited without a ticket, and thus also the famous 'swimming pool' installation. When I was there there was a Japanese... More 

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This museum is itself an interesting building. We paid extra to visit the current exhibition which is titled "Japan architects 1945 -2010". On until March 15. The exhibition included concept sketches,architectural plans,models and slide shows of photos of finished buildings. Although I am not an architect or draughtsman ,I found it fascinating.So did my 21 year old son. There was... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

If you’re into modern art, check out the ultra hip 21st century museum. The museum has a large collection of “interesting” things that are free to view and play with. The inner exhibitions, which you must pay for, change periodically, so it’s a crap shoot. Might be good or maybe not. I have seen some great exhibitions here and some... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The best part abot the building itself is the building! Designed by one of Japan's renowed architect - SANAA, it's such an honor to be able to actually step inside the building and experience it's design! Loving the glass corridor that's in the building as well!

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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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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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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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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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