21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Experience the fascination of contemporary art

The museum is like a park where anyone can drop in. The museum’s concept is to provide a place where visitors can feel familiar with contemporary art and encounter it in a variety of ways.

The word “contemporary art” may sound esoteric to some, but here you can actually see, touch, and feel many exhibits, including Leandro Erlich’s “Swimming Pool” (also known as “Leandro’s Pool”). Visitors can enjoy the exhibits as casually as if they were in a park.

Visitors are free to choose their own style of appreciation. You can stop by to enjoy a work of art or take your time to appreciate it. This is an art museum that accepts works according to individual sensibilities and styles.

Stimulating the senses

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is a popular tourist spot in Kanazawa, famous throughout Japan. It is a contemporary art museum that offers a variety of places to meet. Leandro’s Pool is not to be missed, a topical work that allows people to meet above and below ground through a pool.

Many works that pursue contemporary art are on display, and children can enjoy viewing works that are always innovative and active, as well as a wide variety of art with a playful spirit.

Contemporary art that transcends space and genre

The concept of this art museum is to allow citizens to interact with contemporaneous artistic expression from around the world. Visitors can enjoy a variety of artistic activities that transcend time, space, and conventional genres. The museum consists of an exhibition zone and an exchange zone, and a variety of programs are offered throughout the year.

In the exhibition rooms, natural light is used to create exhibits that match the individuality of each work of art. In addition, there is a Kids Studio where parents, children, and children can enjoy playing together, and an Art Library where visitors can browse art-related books and catalogs. Theater 21 hosts plays and concerts, making it a facility where visitors can enjoy art from a variety of perspectives.

Symbiosis of Museum and Town

The bright and open museum, with its circular glass walls, allows anyone to drop by with the same ease as a visit to a park.

The museum is divided into an exhibition zone and an interaction zone.

Visitors can also encounter a variety of artworks in the plaza and in the museum’s social zone (free of charge).

The museum and the city coexist in harmony, creating a new attraction and vitality for Kanazawa.

Architecture as Art

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is characterized by its circular, all-glass design that integrates the building and the city. It is a circular building with no distinction between the front and back sides, and is a glass art circle. The building has top lights and a light garden for a sense of brightness and openness.

The nickname of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is “Marubii. It was given this nickname because of the round shape of the building. The cute nickname adds to the museum’s charm.

Located near Kanazawa’s famous sightseeing spot, Kenrokuen Garden, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is an attractive spot that can be enjoyed by both children and adults, as its free admission area includes works by renowned American contemporary artist James Turrell. The museum has been ranked No. 1 in the popular art museum rankings. We encourage you to visit the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.


21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Official Site
1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
Telephone number
Hours of operation

Interaction Zone: 9:00-22:00
Exhibition Zone: 10:00-18:00 (open until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)


Exhibition Zone: Monday
Mondays (or the following weekday if Monday is a holiday)
Year-end and New Year holidays

Interaction Zone: Monday (if Monday is a holiday, the following Monday is a holiday)
Year-end and New Year holidays

Admission fee

Exhibition Zone
Admission fees vary depending on the exhibition and the time of year.

Interaction Zone
Free admission

Parking lot



From Kanazawa Station, take the Kanazawa Castle Tour Bus, Hokuriku Railways Route Bus, or Nishinippon JR Bus to the Hirosaka/21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa bus stop.

Approximately a 1-minute walk from 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa/Kenrokuen bus stop on the Machi Bus from Kanazawa Station.

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