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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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If only for the architecture and the open exhibitions it is worth visiting this amazing museum. We did not buy tickets -- not enough time-- yet we spent one and a half hour slowly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Osaka
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Although I am not so much into art, I simply enjoyed this museum. Back in April, there were exhibitions of earthquake in Tohoku area and a bit of piece about the paper made Cathedral in Christchurch in New Zealand. Those are good reminders after a while so that people keep remembering the events. Famous art pieces are so interesting. Even... More 

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Brussels
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

If only for the architecture and the open exhibitions it is worth visiting this amazing museum. We did not buy tickets -- not enough time-- yet we spent one and a half hour slowly walking the light corridors which perfectly melt with the outside (you can go round the entire building), enjoying the monumental exhibits outside and inside like the... More 

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cairo
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Before visiting this site, I read the book of the founder (Mr.Yutaka Mino) of this museum and very much impressed by his idea of contemporary art museum that children could enjoy, which I've never found in Japan before visiting this museum. So we decided to visit Kanazawa just to visit this museum with my kids and it turned out a... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We were there Thursday 7th May 2015 only to discover that the museum was closed. Coming from Europe we had a tight tour of Japan and we included Kanazawa in our tour ONLY because of this museum. I don't know what kind of festivity the 7th May was but if you want to be a World class museum YOU MUST... More 

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Munich, Germany
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The building itself is quite nice. And there is some cool art to see - but VERY few. Many rooms are more or less empty. If you read the book about the collections of the museum you understand they have A LOT of art. But most of it seems to be hidden in the archives or whereever. Anyway - we... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

There were a few cool pieces - the pool art work in-particular. However the museum is more exhibition based with some hard hitting works on problems facing modern Japan - difficult to translate for tourists. Photos are not allowed.

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Hong Kong
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I was so fortunate to be able to catch this exhibition. The whole building in itself is an art piece. There will be different exhibitions at different times; since the museum is next to the famous Kenroku-en, worth a visit!

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

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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