21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art during the night

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art during the night

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art during the day

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art during the day

Leandro Erlich's The Swimming Pool

Leandro Erlich's The Swimming Pool

A hub for contemporary art in Kanazawa

Opened in 2004, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa stands out compared to more traditional art museums. The museum features a captivating disc-like design, as if it were a UFO touching down in the middle of Kanazawa. All the walls are made of glass and the building features five gates, all pointing towards different parts of the city.

The museum exhibits experimental contemporary art that visitors can touch or sit on and is perfect for children and adults alike. Some of museum’s highlights include commissioned works, which are integrated into the building’s unique design.

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art excels at offering visitors unique experiences that can’t be found anywhere else. Highlights include Leandro Erlich's The Swimming Pool, which enables visitors to feel as if they’re standing at the bottom of a swimming pool, and a wall decorated with flowers gathered from the suburbs of Kanazawa.

Additionally, the museum's shop offers a wide variety of products, such as museum memorabilia, accessories, and selected goods.

How to get to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary is conveniently located in the heart on Kanazawa, and is within walking distance from Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle Park. It can also be easily reached from Kanazawa Station’s Kenrokuen Exit (East Exit). A regular bus runs directly to the museum, the journey only taking 10 minutes.

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