The Kawagoe City Museum is built on the former site of Ni-no-maru (second citadel) of the Kawagoe Castle. Inspired by the Kurazukuri (warehouse) style, the museum features a Kirizuma-style roof with kawara tiles, and white, stucco-like walls. The permanent exhibition focuses on modern times and the recent past. There is a life-size street of kurazukuri merchant houses which makes it easier to understand the overall history of Kawagoe. Approximately 170,000 people have visited the museum every year since it opened in 1990.