Seoul's Premier Modern Art Museum

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art - Seoul

국립현대미술관 서울관

Opened in 2013 on the former site of the Defense Security Command in the neighborhood of Sogyeok-dong (the inspiration for Seo Tae-ji and IU’s 2014 smash hit of the same name), the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) Seoul is the city’s premier modern art museum, showcasing the works of highly renowned Korean and international artists. It forms part of a network of MMCA museums, located in Gwacheon and Deoksugung Palace, respectively. The MMCA Seoul was designed to blend in with its surroundings, which are mostly one-story traditional hanok buildings, leading to a large portion of the museum’s gallery space being built below street level. The MMCA Seoul rises three stories high and boasts a total of eight galleries, a theater, a multi-project hall, lecture rooms, and a digital library. One of the most interesting features of the museum is the large, spacious courtyard, called the ‘madang’, which is inspired by the courtyards of the traditional hanoks that surround the museum.


One unique characteristic of the MMCA Seoul is that it holds no permanent collection, instead, hosting over half a dozen special exhibitions per year, making sure visitors are exposed to something new and unique each time they visit. The museum holds many retrospective exhibitions, examining modern Korean art in the latter half of the 20th-century, large group exhibitions of both up-and-coming Korean and international artists, and solo exhibitions of established Korean artists.


Company NameNational Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art - Seoul (국립현대미술관 서울관)
Category Arts & Performance Social Tickets & Passes
URLs Instagram
Languages Available English
Opening HoursMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday : 10:00 - 18:00 / Friday & Saturday: 10:00 - 21:00 (18:00 - 21:00 : free)
Closed DaysNew Year's Day, Lunar New Year, and Chuseok
Entrance Fee4,000 won

30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu