If you want to know the history and culture of a country, go to the museum. It’s because the museum’s vestiges of our ancestors’ lives allow us to understand what we are today, and to be a source of insight into the future.
The National Museum of Korea is a place where you can learn and experience the important values of our history and culture.
From simple hand axes of the Paleolithic Age to splendid gold crowns of the Three Kingdoms, celadon of the Goryeo Dynasty, paintings of the Joseon Dynasty, and photographs of modern times, our history, culture and arts are gathered here.
If you enjoy the essence of our culture here, you will naturally feel proud of our culture.
Comfortable and enjoyable to experience the museum
Six permanent exhibition halls, large and small exhibitions with various themes, various exhibition guide programs to help visitors understand, exciting children’s museums and colorful educational programs make it more comfortable and enjoyable to experience the museum and enjoy more cultural opportunities.
The various amenities and rest areas in various places are also striving to maintain a pleasant environment, and the museum garden is a perfect place to walk calmly.
Enhance national prestige with culture
Historically, there was a period of cultural enrichment, where international interaction was very active.
The National Museum of Korea is actively promoting exhibition exchanges with foreign countries, such as holding an exhibition of Korean cultural assets overseas to promote Korean culture and holding a world-class exhibition of “foreign civilization” to introduce foreign history and culture.
The National Museum of Korea aims to enhance national prestige with culture, understand the diverse cultures of the globalization, and further actively respond to the changing environment of today.
Continue to create excellent exhibition and education programs.
In addition, the National Museum of Korea seeks to communicate not only between the past and present, but also between regions and various fields such as national, cultural, and academic fields.
I think this communication not only allows us to develop an insight into the world with open minds and thoughts, but also provides a lot of inspiration and helps us to act as a source of creativity.
In order to fulfill this role, they strive to secure, preserve and study high-quality collections and to continue to create excellent exhibition and education programs.
World-class cultural institution
The National Museum of Korea try to become a world-class cultural institution where visitors can always feel new and proud.
Enjoy a variety of cultural programs and relaxing breaks at the museum with your family, friends and lovers, and fill your body and mind with relaxation.
Size of Facilities
6 ground floors / 1 underground floor
Approximately 15,000 Pieces
– 3rd Floor: Sculpture and Crafts Gallery
(Buddhist Sculpture, Metal Arts, Celadon, Buncheong Ware, White Porcelain)
(Indonesian Art, Central Asian Art, Chinese Art, Nangnang Remains, Relics from Sinan Seabed, Japanese Art)
– 2nd Floor: Calligraphy and Painting Gallery
(Calligraphy, Paintings, Buddhist Paintings, Woodworking),
Donations Gallery (Iuchi Isao Collection, Hachiuma Tadasu Collection, Yoo Chang-jong Collection, Kaneko Kazushige Collection, Choi Young-do & Park Byong-rae Collection, Yu Kang-yul & Park Young-sook Collection, Kim Chong-hak Collection, Lee Hong-kun Collection, Other Collections)
– 1st Floor: Prehistoric and Ancient History Gallery (Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age & Early Iron Age, Proto Three Kingdoms, Goguryeo, Baekje, Gaya, Silla, Unified Silla, Balhae)
Medieval and Early Modern History Gallery (Hangeul, Prints, Inscriptions, Maps, Documents, Kings and their reign, Socio-Economic Life, Traditional Thought, Foreign Relations)
* This is one of the places that was visited by the “first ladies” of the G20 Summit in Seoul in November of 2010.
Exhibition Hall Information
Prehistory and Ancient History Gallery on F1
The southern part of the Ancient Hall consists of 10 exhibition rooms, each of which features a different era from the ancient Paleolithic Age to the era of the Balhae Kingdom. Here, mainly masterpieces and historic items from prehistoric eras or ancient times are on display.
(10 exhibition rooms: Paleolithic Age, Neolithic Age, The Bronze Age, Early Iron Age, Proto-Three Kingdom Era, Goguryu Kingdom Era, Baekje Kingdom Era, Gaya Kingdom Era, Unified Silla Kingdom Era, Balhae Kingdom Era)
Medieval and Early Modern History Gallery on F1
The northern part of the History Hall consists of 9 rooms, each of which is under a different theme, including traditional ideologies, kings and Dynasties of Goryeo to the Joseon Dynasty. Historical documents and items on display are interesting and easy to understand for visitors. (9 exhibition rooms: External Exchanges, Traditional Ideologies, Society & Eeconomy, Kings & Nations, Documents, Epigraph, Maps, Hangeu, Printing)
Calligraphy and Painting Gallery on F2
Visitors may enjoy masterpieces of Korean calligraphy, paintings, Buddhist paintings, and woodworking & lacquerware. (4 exhibition rooms: Calligraphy Room, Paintings Room, Buddhist Paintings Room, Wood & Lacquer Room)
Invaluable culture assets and items donated by Yi Hong-Geun, Bak Byeong-Rye and other donors are on display here. Visitors can not only appreciate the beauty and significance of each piece, but also the generosity of its donor. (Exhibition rooms: Yi Hong-Geun Room, Donated Cultural Assets Room, Kim Jong-Hak Room, Yu Gang-Yeol Room, Bak Yeong-Suk Room, Choi Yeong Do Room, Bak Byeong Rye Room, Kaneko Room, Yu Chang-Jong Room, Hachiuma Room, Yi U-Chi Room)
Sculpture and Crafts Gallery on F3
Presenting Buddhist sculptures and metal & ceramic works that emphasize the beauty of Korean culture. (Exhibition rooms: Buddhist Sculptures Room, Metal Crafts Room, Ceramic Crafts Room – Celadon Porcelain, Ceramics Crafts Room – Buncheongsagi, Ceramics Crafts Room – White Porcelain)
Asia Gallery on F3
Displays cultural pieces from China, Japan and Central Asia to increase public understanding of Korea’s neighboring countries and to promote cultural diversity (6 exhibition rooms: Indonesia Room, Central Asia Room, China Room, Cultural Assets from Sinan Seabed Room, Excavated Relics of Nangnang Room, Japan Room)
Facilities for the Handicapped
Wheelchair ramp, parking spaces, restrooms, free wheelchair rental service (10 available), elevator
* Sign-language interpretation service available, as well as video & audio guide rental
(* Rental fee: Video guide (3,000 won), Audio guide (1,000 won) * Please book one day before visiting)
* Braille map is available near at Eutteum Hall.
(Reservation required +82-2-2077-9085 or Online Reservation (Korean only) )
Admission / Participation Fees
Free admission: Permanant Exhibition, Children’s Museum, Free Planned Exhibition
* Permanant Exhibition: No admission ticket required
* Children’s Museum: Information desk at the museum entrance
* Ticket purchase is available at the ticket booth in front of Planned Exhibition Hall. Visitors should present their admission ticket to enter paid special exhibitions.
* Last admission is one hour before closing.
Credit Cards Accepted
754 parking spaces
– Basement 1: 522 parking spaces with 31 reserved spaces for people with disabilities and 26 for compact cars
– Level 1: 132 parking spaces for employees with 10 reserved spaces for people with disabilities and 7 for compact cars
– Level 2: 100 parking spaces for employees with 2 reserved spaces for people with disabilities and 5 for compact cars
– Outdoor: 99 parking spaces for large vehicles
* The National Museum of Korea encourages the use of buses and trains due to limited parking spaces.
– Compact vehicles (less than 15 seats)
For the first 2 hours: 2,000 won / 500 won for every additional 30 min / daily maximum use (06:00-23:00) 10,000 won
– Mid to large vehicles (more than 16 seats)
For the first 2 hours: 4,000 won / 1,000 won for every additional 30 min / daily maximum use (06:00-23:00) 20,000 won
* If exiting the parking lot within 20 min, no fees will be charged.
* Excluded from fees are people with disabilities, museum members with donation history, and museum employees.
* 50% discount: Event organizers, cars with less than 1,000 cc emission, etc,
* Only nominal rate charged: Museum members, visitors with “Dragon (용)” tickets.
Groups of 30 or more students (elementary-high school) should make a reservation online one day before visiting.
Foreign Language Intepretation Services
Available (English, Japanese, Chinese, French)
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