Opened in 2004 and designed by the Tokyo architects of SANAA, the museum is located near Kenroku-en and the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art. The museum is of circular shape and has a diameter of some 113 metres. The outer walls are made of glass; four internal courtyards allow daylight to permeate the inner sections of the museum. On display are temporary exhibitions of modern art from Japan and abroad. There are also frequent music and dance performances. Access to the museum is free, but admission is charged for the temporary exhibitions.
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