An Insight into Korean Contemporary History

National Museum of Korean Contemporary History


The National Museum of Korean Contemporary History (MUCH) is a modern eight-story building dedicated solely to Korea's tragic, turbulent, and awe inspiring modern history. Over 400,000 historical artifacts, from the 19th-century to the modern era, are displayed and stored within the museum, including some 100,000 items donated by Korean citizens.

The exhibits in the museums document the end of the Joseon Dynasty and its failed attempts to modernize Korea, the Korean independence movement during the Japanese colonial era, the Korean War and the country's subsequent recovery, the rapid growth and development of Korea's economy from the 1960's to the 1980's, and finally, its advancement into a mature democracy engaged on the world stage. Numerous topics, ranging from the democracy movement to the country's rapid industrialization, are touched upon, along with more lighthearted displays of everyday life in each era. There are also plenty of interactive displays and a children's museum open to young visitors. 


The museum's architecture may not stand out at first glance, but it is a successful example of an eco-building, with 60% of the structure's material having been recycled from the old Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism building and energy consumption greatly reduced by its eco-skin systems and solar panels. In addition, the museum efficiently uses natural lighting, wind, green spaces, and barrier-free exhibits to create a more comfortable environment for its visitors. It also has a rooftop garden open to the public that boasts a gorgeous view overlooking Gyeongbokgung Palace. 


Company NameNational Museum of Korean Contemporary History (대한민국역사박물관)
Category Family & Living Services Tour & Sightseeing
URLs Homepage
Languages Available English Japanese Chinese
Opening HoursWeekly from 10:00 - 18:00 / Wednesdays and Saturdays 10:00 - 21:00
*Last admission 1 hour before closing
Closed DaysJanuary 1st, Lunar New Year, and Chuseok

South Korea, 서울특별시 Jongno-gu, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Sejong-daero, 198 National Museum of Korean Contemporary History

Take Line 5 to Gwanghwamun Station and go out Exit 2 -> Walk straight about 200 meters past the US Embassy. The museum will be on your right

Take Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station and go out Exit 6. -> Walk straight about 200 in the direction of Gwanghwamun Square -> Cross the street to the other side of the square. The museum will be right in front, on the left side of the US Embassy

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