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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 Architecture Side of the Museum Was Very Interesting

There are two sections of the museum. We went to the architecture section and enjoyed the various exhibits. In particular we liked the room with examples of how architects have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

There are two sections of the museum. We went to the architecture section and enjoyed the various exhibits. In particular we liked the room with examples of how architects have been cleverly assisting the victims of the recent tsunami and another room with examples of modern architecture throughout Japan. Quite fun was seeing the exhibit with dog-centric furniture on display.... More 

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Yokkaichi, Japan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We went thinking this was a modern art museum. It isn't really. It's more of a modern architecture museum. There were *some* exhibits of art (about 7-9 large pieces) but nearly all of those you can see without buying a ticket! They are certainly interesting and probably worth dropping in after seeing Kenrokuen garden. However, we paid 1000 yen for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Beside the swimming pool exhibit and the colorful spiral outside, the paid exhibit (during the time we visited) focused on new architectural technique. The "art" portion of the museum required second additional fee: we did not visit this portion of the museum. But from the outside looking in, we were not impressed by what they showed. Perhaps I am spoiled... More 

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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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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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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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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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