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金沢21世紀美術館 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Culture / Art / History (Art museums / Galleries)
  • Around Kanazawa
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  • ClosedExhibition zone: Monday (It's the next day in case of a holiday), New Year Holidays, Exchange zone:New Year Holidays

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District
Around Kanazawa
Address
1-2-1, Hirosaka, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa 920-0962, Japan
Category
  • Culture / Art / History (Art museums / Galleries)
Opening Hours
[Exhibition zone] 10:00-18:00 (Friday and Saturday are to 20:00); [Exchange zone] 9:00-22:00
Closed
Exhibition zone: Monday (It's the next day in case of a holiday), New Year Holidays, Exchange zone:New Year Holidays
Website
http://www.kanazawa21.jp/en/
Tel.
+81-76-220-2800
Date of post:2015/07/03

One of the most outstanding, modern and contemporary museums of Japan

  • Arts

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is renowned as one of the most successful museums in Japan since it has opened in 2004. The museum was designed by the Pritzker Prize laureates of Japanese architectural firm SANAA; Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa.

The shape of the building is circle for a multi way access and there are window-glasses to bring brightness and openness because of the concept of the museum; a museum available to everyone whenever they want like a park.

The collection features works of contemporary art since 1980 and works of artists who have a connection with Kanazawa. There are a variety of events, educational programs and community exhibitions throughout the year for people to experiment, create and innovate through art.

As for access and facilities of the museum, there are 4 main entrances to the museum and also they welcome guide dogs, partner dogs and hearing dogs in the museum. The museum is wheelchair-friendly and easy to access for disabled visitors. There are fully accessible toilets, baby care rooms, storage lockers (you need to pay a ¥100 deposit but the money will come back when you open the locker again), cafés and shop are there too. And they offer free Wi-Fi.

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is in central Kanazawa and you can make a nice tour around the museum to see Kenroku-en (the famous traditional Japanese garden), Kanazawa castle park, Naga-machi Buke-yashiki (samurai resident) district and so on.

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Address: 1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa 920-8509
Tel: +81 (0)76 220 2800
HP: http://www.kanazawa21.jp/en/

Opening hours
Exhibition zone: Sunday - Thursday 10:00 - 18:00 / Friday - Saturday 10:00 - 20:00
Public zone: 9:00 - 22:00
Closed Monday (exhibition zone only) and 29 December - 1 January

Admission
Free entry, except for the exhibition zone.

Getting there
By bus
- Route bus: About 10 min from the Kenroku-en exit bus terminal at Kanazawa station. Get off at "Hirosaka / 21st century museum".
- Joka-machi Kanazawa Syuyu bus (Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus): About 20 min from the Kenroku-en exit bus terminal at Kanazawa station. Get off at "Hirosaka / 21st century museum".
- Kenroku-en Shuttle Bus (Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus): About 10 min from the Kenroku-en exit bus terminal at Kanazawa station. Get off at "Hirosaka / 21st century museum".
- Machi Bus (bus services limited to weekends and holidays): About 20 min from the Kenroku-en exit bus terminal at Kanazawa station. Get off at "21st century museum / Kenroku-en".

By Ttxi
About 10 min from Kanazawa station.

Date of post:2015/07/03

The best place to find contemporary art in Kanazawa

  • Arts
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Kanazawa is a city where you can see many historic places, a little bit like Kyoto.

This museum is located next to Kanazawa castle, Kenrokuen and Ishikawa Prefecture Museum of Art. This area seems to symbolize both old and new aspects of this city.

The Hokuriku shinkansen (bullet train) opened on March 2015 between Tokyo and Kanazawa so the time by train to go from one city to another was shortened from almost four hours to two and a half hours. In May 2015, UNESCO Creative Cities Network Meeting took place in Kanazawa.

The atmosphere of the museum is fresh and casual. It is because this museum was also planned as a public park and easy to access for any people. Actually, you can see young and old people are wandering around the museum or drinking and talking in the museum cafe.

The museum building is designed by a team, SANAA, which consists of a male architect, a female architect and associates. They were awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2010.
This museum focuses on architecture, contemporary art and industrial art of the recent years.

There are some permanent exhibitions, some of them you can enter for free like "Color Active House", "Swimming Pool" and "Blue Planet Sky". The famous pool can be seen from above for free. The museum library, a kid's studio and some gallery spaces are also free.

In the current exhibition space, you need to pay an entrance fee and some permanent works of art are in the area. When I visited the last time, an exhibition, "In our time: Art in post-industrial Japan" was taking place. There were many installations.

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