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

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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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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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

After strolling the Kenrokuen Garden and castle, the museum comes as a stark constrast, but when you think of modern Japan, not a surprise. The exhibits are very interesting, some visually stunning, but the main collection was not available and therefore half the museum off limits. The special exhibition, no photos were allowed, is worthy of a leisurely inspection. The... More

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Edinburgh
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The museum has no permanent exhibitions so your experience will be different but just as enjoyable. We thought the Reflections exhibition on currently had some fascinating pieces and we also lived the exhibition on cabins (sheds!) by an architect who specialises in them. Lovely cafe and interesting shop

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Lovely modern building ideal for exhibiting modern art. They had some excellent, interesting and fun exhibits when we were there and we passed a pleasing 1hour or so going around. The small restaurant in the building served some excellent lunch time snacks and plates of food.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

LOVE this museum for the recycled cardboard display, films from Middle East producers then, contemporary art and best of all, you can cycle to the museum! There's a melon pan ice cream shop nearby too, near the catholic church.

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We were disappointed that the main collection was not available to be viewed as they were changing over exhibitions. The building looks interesting from the outside and is set in lawns with some fun sculptures. The cafe is lovely and the museum shop has some novel items.

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Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

This isn't a museum as we normally understand the word, more an art complex with interaction and fascination at every turn. The fun starts in the garden with "installations" - if that is the correct term - that you can peer through, shout down (bridge-to-engine-room style) and climb all over. Moving inside, the building is modern and circular, so of... More

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