The National Museum of Korean Contemporary History is Korea's first museum recording the nation’s comprehensive history from the late nineteenth century to current time. It opened on December 26, 2012 and was established to share the nation’s history of going through all kinds of hardships and troubles by showing them with exhibitions, education, researching and developing and collecting materials. The museum is comprised of four exhibition halls; Prelude to the Republic of Korea, Foundation of the Republic of Korea, Development of the Republic of Korea, and Modernization of South Korea, toward the World.
Korean History Dream Village features a hands-on program hall for children to learn modern and contemporary history. Also Children’s Museum offers special exhibitions throughout modern time’s history and educational and cultural programs for students.



198, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul[Google Map]


Length of Tour: 

Approx. 1 hr - 1 hr 30 min



Homepage: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)



How To Use


Admission / Participation Fees: 



Structure Size: 

Site area: 6,445㎡ / Total building floor area: 10,734㎡






(Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6. (750m)
Upon exiting walk in the direction
of the palace.  Cross the plaza on the opposite side of the palace entrance
and turn right once you have crossed the street and continue walking.  The
museum will be on your left.

Anguk Station (Seoul Subway
Line 3), Exit 6. (800m)
Walk straight turning left right before the plaza
at the big intersection in front of the palace gates.  The museum will
be on your left.  

Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2.
Walk straight and the palace will be on your right.  

Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 1.

Exit straight, and continue walking until you reach Gwanghwamun Plaza.  Turn
right when you reach the plaza, and the museum will be on your right.



Additional Info


Collections Status: 

16,000 pieces (as of late 2015)


Program Information: 

Click here to check out for more information.


Programs Available for Foreigners: 

[Education Programs]
- Program: Easy-learn Korean Contemporary History
- Eligibility: Group of 20+ foreign
visitors or multi-cultural families
- Reservation and inquiry: +82-2-3703-9246


Info. Services for Koreans: 

Tuesday-Sunday (four times a day): 11:00 / 14:00 / 15:00 / 16:00
* Inquiry: +82-2-3703-9250~2


Foreign Language Intepretation Services: 

English, Japanese, Chinese: Tuesday-Friday 14:00
* Inquiries & reservation: +82-2-3703-9252



No reservation required
* Reservation for Korean exhibition explanations: +82-2-3703-9252


Reservation for Foreigners : 

No reservation required
* Reservation for exhibition explanations for groups of 10 or more: +82-2-3703-9252


Info. Services for Koreans: 

Tel: +82-2-3703-9233


General Overview: 

Tel: +82-2-3703-9233


addr2: (Sejong-ro)

tel: +82-2-3703-9200

zipcode: 03141

infocenterculture: • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-3703-9200

parkingculture: Not available (use nearby parking lot)

restdateculture: New Year’s Day, Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)

usetimeculture: Regular hours 10:00-18:00
* Wednesdays and Saturdays 10:00-21:00
* Last admission one hour before closing.

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