The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
as a new-style art museum different in image from conventional art
museums was opened in October 2004.
This art museum is round in shape as if it were the sight of a
UFO that has touched down, all the walls are made of glass, and
the building has five gates, which looks like a part opened in all
The museum exhibits experiment-type contemporary arts that visitors
can touch or sit on, and includes zones where visitors can enter
free. Both adults and children can experience an excited time in
the museum. Some of the highlights of the museum are commissioned
works, i.e., arts integrated with the building structure. These
arts include a work that enables visitors to feel as if they stand
on the bottom of a swimming pool, the surface of a wall colored
with flowers gathered from the suburbs of Kanazawa, and a room with
an opening on the ceiling through which visitors can see the changes
of the sky.
Olafur Eliasson's works were installed in the square in March 2010.
The museum's shop offers a wide variety of products, such as original
items in the image of the museum, accessories, and selected goods.