Seoul Museum of History, Seoul

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#11 of 89 in Museums in Seoul
Seoul Museum of History tells the story of the South Korean capital from prehistoric to modern times. Browse through an impressive collection of artifacts, porcelain pieces, historical photographs, imperial clothes, calligraphy, large models of traditional urban settlements, and colorful human-size mannequins. This very informative museum focuses on the Joseon dynasty and its modernization efforts, giving you an appreciation of the city's heritage and future direction. Visit the courtyard to see an old restored tramcar and various stone sculptures. With an interactive education room for children and a shop with a wide range of Seoul memorabilia, the place is suitable for family visits. Add Seoul Museum of History to your Seoul travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Seoul vacation generator.
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  • July 25, 2017
    It is free so not much risk taken by entering. And inside is some interesting stuff. The architecture of the entrance hall applied to me and the exhibitions are somewhat unlike in other museums I have...  more »
  • July 4, 2017
    And pay for admission to, and go to the information and free. Even with luggage locker facilities are available. Easy to understand exhibits divided zone is far from Seoul, was exhibited. I was feeling with this free facility and acquired by surprise.
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  • June 22, 2017
    We spent a really long time here. The exhibits were great it was a wonderful way to learn about the history of Seoul and Korea. Most of the labels are in English, Korean, Japanese and I think Mandarin...  more »
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  • June 8, 2017
    One of the best history museums I've seen. Plenty of fascinating, modern design and creative exhibits with clear chronology and guidance to follow in several languages.
  • April 20, 2017
    Free admission. Small museum but offers a brief history of Korea. Peaceful and beautiful court yard. Clean. Recommended for a 2hrs visit.
  • June 7, 2017
    Great museum that details the history of Seoul. Very nice for a crash course about the city's history.
  • May 23, 2017
    Exhibit on Namdemun Market was an obvious ploy to get customers to return to the failing market. Sad. The rest of the museum looks okay if you're interested in Seoul's history.
  • April 25, 2017
    Nice building with interesting content. About 2 hours to complete. No far from city hall

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