The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Closed Until February

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Closed Until February

Renovations to Relieve Congestion, Starting From December 20th

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, a popular tourist spot which holds many pieces of modern art in Ishikawa Prefecture’s Kanazawa City, will be closed from December 20th. The museum had celebrated its 15th year anniversary in October. In efforts to relieve congestion, as a result of the recent surge of visitors, renovations will have the museum closed until February 3rd, 2020.

According to the museum, its 2nd floor and sub-basement was completed in 2004. With the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen train line, there had been a surge of visitors, with 2018 seeing approximately 2.58 million visitors, a new record high. In an average day, there are about ten thousand Isidore, with the wait time to enter reaching up to one hour; the congestion within the museum has become an issue.

The improvements will include an expansion of the main reception counter, and two additional admission ticket machines, raising the number of machines to five. New monitors will also be installed, which will contain a museum guide and important notes in multiple languages; visitors can check on a variety of information while waiting in line.

According to a museum associate, the museum is also currently considering an online reservation system for certain exhibits happening during the next year.

“We wish to create a better environment for visitors to enjoy the artworks,” said the associate.