In 1980 Kurashiki City Hall moved to a new location further south in Kurashiki. After that, a plan was made to convert the former city hall building into a museum. The structure of the city hall that, Kenzo Tange designed, was very suitable for museum use. The ceiling was high and there were no steps or obstacles on the fist floor.
Meanwhile, IKEDA Yoson, a painter born in Okayama, donated 489 paintings to Kurashiki. With this as a turning point, the city hall was planned to be renovated as a museum.
In 1982, Shizutaro Urabe, a prominent architect born in Kurashiki, remodeled the former city hall TANGE Kenzo designed.
Since the museum was opened in 1983, the landmark building has been loved by the people of Kurashiki.