21st Century of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

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Japanese script: 金沢21世紀美術館
Area: Ishikawa
Address: 1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa [map]
Phone: 076-220-2800 076-220-2800
Access: 2.2 km from Kanazawa Station Hokuriku Shinkansen
Admission: Adults: ¥360
Students: ¥280
Seniors: ¥280

A modern, perfectly round museum split over two levels. Regular entry is ¥310 and gives you access to six galleries. If you want to view the special exhibitions, there is a fee of around ¥1,000. If you buy both tickets, the special exhibition is ¥100 cheaper.

The artwork for which the museum is most well known is the “swimming pool” by Leandro Erlich in the center of the building. Visitors can view the pool from the top for free. If you want to go under the pool, you will need the regular entry ticket.

The regular exhibit can be leisurely perused in about one hour. Together with the special exhibition, you could spend about two hours here.

Photos, backpacks and luggage are not permitted in the galleries, but there are lockers available for ¥100 near the entrance.

Admission

There are discounts available in conjunction with other tickets such as the Hokuriku 1 day bus pass and the Link Pass (which also provides discounts at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo and the Benesse Art Site Naoshima in Kagawa.

Children (under 18) can get in for free, while university students can get a ticket for ¥280. Payment can be made in cash or by credit card.

Access

The museum is located adjacent to Kenrokuen and Kanazawa Castle Park. It’s an easy walk from either and from the center of Kanazawa.

If taking the bus from the east exit of Kanazawa Station, take a bus from stop 3 or 6 and get off at Kanazawa 21-Seiki Bijutsukan / Kenrokuen (Mayumizaka-guchi).

If going by bicycle, there is a parking area and Machi Nori station on the city hall side of the museum.