21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

📍 Location and contact


920-8509, Kanazawa
076-220-2800

ℹ️ Information

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is an innovative and modern museum located in Kanazawa, Japan. The museum was designed by the renowned architect, Kazuyo Sejima and opened in 2004. The museum is a part of the Kanazawa City Cultural Center and is dedicated to promoting and exhibiting contemporary art from around the world.

The museum has a unique design that is both modern and inviting. The building is comprised of a series of interconnected cubes, which are connected by a series of bridges and walkways. The building is surrounded by a large green space, which creates a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere.

Inside the museum, visitors will find a wide variety of artworks from a variety of different artists. The museum features both permanent and temporary exhibitions, which are regularly updated. The museum also offers a variety of educational programs, workshops, and lectures.

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa also features a variety of amenities, including a cafe, a gift shop, and a library. The cafe serves a variety of drinks and snacks, while the gift shop offers a range of souvenirs and art-related items. The library houses a variety of books and magazines related to contemporary art and culture.

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is a must-see for anyone interested in contemporary art. The museum is a great place to explore the latest trends in art and culture, as well as to learn more about the history of art. The museum is open to the public and admission is free.

🕒 Opening hours

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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🗣️ 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa: Reviews

Quinten 3 weeks ago

Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Yes …

許志忠 3 weeks ago

It was a hot summer day when we visit here. Lot of people enjoy the facilities, family with kids really love here.

Daniel Joseph 1 month ago

Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Not sure …

Federico 1 month ago

Visited on Weekday Wait time Up to 10 min Reservation recommended Yes …

Andrew Metcalfe 1 month ago

Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No …

arktikaantarktika 1 month ago

Visited on Weekday Wait time 1 hr+ Reservation recommended No …

Kelly Chu 2 months ago

Art Museum a place must visit place while traveling to Kazanawa

Daniel Johnson 2 months ago

Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Not sure …

pek tong Tan 2 months ago

Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Yes …

Michael Ting 3 months ago

Visited on Weekday Wait time 10–30 min Reservation recommended Yes …

Marco Andrade 3 months ago

Very cool museum. It's a pity the pool gets all the attention and even though you buy a ticket it's not guaranteed you will go underneath.

Kevin 3 months ago

Visited on Weekend Reservation recommended Yes …

Adrian Dillon 4 months ago

Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No …

Toni Mulet 4 months ago

Very nice building and exhibition. The Turrell room is mind blowing. The museum is very conplete with photography, sculpture and paintings. Full of local artist works. Not to miss!

Sandra Higgins 4 months ago

Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Not sure …

Rubby 5 months ago

Interesting exhibition and impressive design

Nureya Monroe 5 months ago

We went when it was “closed” but it is walkable even when some of the exhibits are closed! Still so much fun and a must see ….perfect rainy day “free” activity. (Free in asterisks because it’s impossible to not purchase from the super cool gift shop!)

Merry 5 months ago

Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait …

Steve Walsh 6 months ago

Not the largest museum you’ll ever go to, but big enough to fill up half a day. Two exceptional permanent exhibits are the fake swimming pool and the Anish Kapoor which is worth staring at for 10 mins if you like that sort of thing.

Igor Serikava 7 months ago

Visited on Weekday Wait time Up to 10 min Reservation recommended Not sure …

Charles 7 months ago

Visited on Weekday …

Gorka Beitia Zarandona 7 months ago

Visited on Weekday Wait time 10–30 min Reservation recommended Not sure …

Ernesto Sigal 8 months ago

Some of the exhibits are ok (som at just …) but the museum is absolutely chaotic. Not clear even where the entrance or the different exhibits are. Not clear which exhibits each ticket is valid for. Would still recommend it but be ready to be plenty confused.

Yen-Chau Nguyen 9 months ago

Nice museum with contemporary art. A few things to not: - The line up to buy tickets was a bit long (15-20 mins). - They don’t allow big bags inside the exhibition, coin lockers cost around $10. - There’s a very nice and cheap cafe serving desserts, lunch and drinks, HIGHLY recommend

Chris Murnane 11 months ago

Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Yes …

Aulia Listiyadhi 1 year ago

Very nice place! Line will be very long during holidays. It was almost 1.5 to 2 hrs of wait during Golden Week. I bought the “blue” ticket, which was 450 but it was pleasant.

Ganesan M 1 year ago

There is a regular collection. Also from time to time there were multiple special collections. The problem is from the main entrance different collections are in different areas. But there is no proper map or mark. You need to ask the staff. Also drinks are not allowed inside. It is difficult to stay long in summer time. It is worth a visit if you are interested in art.

Aulia Oktadiputri Listiyadhi 1 year ago

Very nice place! Line will be very long during holidays. It was almost 1.5 to 2 hrs of wait during Golden Week. I bought the “blue” ticket, which was 450 but it was pleasant.

Ryoko 2 years ago

I like the architecture of this museum. It's full of natural lights. So everytime when I go there, the atomosher is changing depending on the weather. It's temporary closure in response to the state of emergency. (May 16th〜)

Christine Haley 3 years ago

Interesting. We were way-laid by an exhibition, so we missed out on seeing the pool, too many people waiting. The exhibit we saw was fascinating though. The items were dating from 1545 onwards.

jake 3 years ago

Absolutely amazing place if you like contemporary art. There's so many pieces both in and outside the building (which is free entry). It's also very close to a nearby bus stop so it's easy to get too from Kanazawa station. There's also a cafe inside, it's not cheap nor expensive but the food is great and the contemporary art style follows inside the cafe too.

Alexander Dobrian 3 years ago

This museum has an excellent layout with some truly unique exhibits. I found the entrance fee to be a great value. Come here before noon and give yourself some time to explore everything carefully. The nice is they also close late!

François FRANCKEN 3 years ago

Impressed by the museum architecture: like a maze where you never get lost. No predefined route for visiting. People walk naturally but never in the same direction

W San L 3 years ago

Nice contemporary art museum in Kanazawa. One can experience the different visual contemporary art piece such as the famous two sided pool. The museum is mainly free but there are also special exhibit that will needs to get a ticket in order to visit.

Yoshiki Yamamoto 3 years ago

Loved the experience here :) didn’t have enough time and rushed a bit due to my travel schedule. Will come back again to see more with relaxed schedule.

hong-lin chen 3 years ago

Good concept of architecture fitting in the environment. Circle + square, transparent glass + solid wall, negative space + positive room

Cathy Wu 3 years ago

Beautiful place and famous modern museum, the famous "swimming pool" exhibition is worth a ticket to visit.

Mitch Rose 3 years ago

Cool museum with a surprising number of interactive exhibits. If you do one thing at this museum, go INSIDE the Body Space Nave Mind installation by Ernesto Neto -- super cool, well worth the wait! In all, it's a very reasonably priced museum with some phenomenal exhibits.

Kai Chen 3 years ago

The coolest thing I found today is that there is a temporary project called “McDonald’s Radio University” held in an area inside of the museum. This project mimics the service of the typical McDonald’s restaurants as there is counter and clerks serving you, yet this time what you’re paying for ain’t burgers but “lectures from immigrants and refugees”. The topics range from philosophy, literature to science and the lecturers come from different nations around the world. It takes ¥100 for a single 15-20 minutes lesson and a can of drink included.

Ольга Демидова 4 years ago

Very interesting collection. One of the best museum of contemporary art I’ve ever been. Lots of amazing installations. Unfortunately photography is prohibited in most of the rooms. Very interesting souvenir shop

Karen Lim 4 years ago

Cool museum - a little pricey for the exhibitions. But hit and miss as to whether 1 exhibition was worth the admission fee (¥2000 for 2 exhibitions). The outside is free. There's a kids area and lots of space to sit down and chill out (airconditioning on a hot day!!). Cafe food was very average for the prices. The permanent stuff includes a pool (not for swimming!) and some outdoor sculptures. You can view the outdoor sculptures for free. Short walk from Kenrokuen.

Filippo Basagni 4 years ago

The main attraction of this place is an empty pool covered by a glass with water over it and it seems to be onther water. Beside this attraction there is a lot of art pieces very inspiring to see and a tunnel of plants really cool. The ticket cost ¥1400.

Daniel K 4 years ago

This is one museum I can recommend. The art is cool and they have some great displays. Probably one of the best displays is the pool which makes it appear as though people are walking around inside. Surrounding the museum too there are beautiful parks and cafes and restaurants. Recommended.

agas maha astra 4 years ago

Recomended museum to visit in Kanazawa. in weekend this museum will be crowd and very crowd so visit this museum in weekdays. this place have a beautiful arts. this museum have a library too so you can read a book in here. Locker is available t

Kenny Hsiao 4 years ago

I love this museum so much. The works here are awesome. You may get coupon to buy a discount ticket.

Cristhian David Arevalo Chaparro 4 years ago

In the heart of Kanazawa city are located the best museum in the perfecture , is my second time here and always surprise me, I really recommended to come with friends and your family.

JN 4 years ago

Calm, peaceful and well-designed. Love the environment here and five minutes walk to Kenrokuen garden, such a great museum.

Willy Barp 4 years ago

This museum offers a diverse and interactive experience to it's visitors. I very recommend!

Urbain Emery 4 years ago

The entry ticket price for the permanent exhibition is only 390¥ and 1000¥ for the complete museum including the temporary exhibition.

Van Takemoto 4 years ago

This was a great discovery for me. Oscar Oiwa, artist of Japanese decent, born and grew up in Brazil. Moved, lived and did his art in New York and Japan. Loved his paintings. Of course there were other interesting displays, but he took it over the top for me.

Burger Burger 4 years ago

Just the free exhibits are enuff to spend a few hours here. Big and many exhibits to explore. The foam and the turrell room are amazing

Marcos Pais 5 years ago

Wonderful museum! Highly recomend the visit! Exibitions and museum building are amazing!

Luke Chapman 5 years ago

One of the finest modern art museums I've ever been too. Get there early. Check what day they are closed and prepare to be amazed.

Chanakarn Kingkaew 5 years ago

This is a must place to visit in Kanazawa. The exhibition here will change time to time. If you are arts lover this is recommended.

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