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Seoul Museum of History
Seoul Museum of History

Seoul Museum of History

Free admission
55 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

The Basics

The permanent collection at the Seoul Museum of History is divided into five themed galleries: the Joseon Capital, Capital of the Daehan Empire, Seoul Under Japanese Control, the Period of Rapid Growth, and Seoul Now in the Making. Many walking tours of the city include a visit to the free museum, including museum tours with stops at the National Museum of Korea and Leeum Samsung Museum of Art as well. For a more comprehensive look at the history and culture of the South Korean capital, take a walking tour that combines a museum visit with stops at some of the nearby Joseon dynasty palaces.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Seoul Museum of History offers an excellent introduction to the city’s heritage for first-time visitors.

  • Informational placards are in both English and Korean, and you can pick up an audio guide in English, Japanese, or Chinese.

  • Admission to the museum is free.

  • The museum is wheelchair-accessible, and wheelchairs and strollers are available for rent.

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How to Get There

To get to the museum, take the Seoul Subway line 5 to Gwanghwamun Station. From there it’s about a 7-minute walk to the entrance. Several public buses also stop nearby, and parking is available for drivers.

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When to Get There

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday throughout the year, with reduced weekend hours between November and February.

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Programs for Foreign Visitors

The Seoul Museum of History offers a variety of programming geared toward foreign visitors to the city. A lecture series covers topics spanning Korean art, culture, and history (past topics have included Korean Buddhism in the World, A Journey Through Korean Art, and the Roots of Korean Literature), while hands-on workshops cover everything from Korean temple cuisine to drinking traditions.

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