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Mission&History

Mission and Objectives

Mission

The mission of the museum is to provide visitors with in-depth knowledge of Seoul City on all levels - historical, cultural, etc. - through interesting and meaningful exhibitions, activities, and events.

Objects
  • To preserve the traditional culture and history of Seoul so as to enforce the cultural identity of its citizens and promote public spirit.
  • To collect and preserve cultural heritage on the verge of extinction, as well as research and exhibit the history and culture of Seoul.
  • To provide Seoul citizen an opportunity to deepen their understanding and awareness of the city's history and culture.
  • To enhance the image of Seoul as a leading cultural center, elevating its status within the international community.
Characteristics of the Museum
  • A historical museum
  • A public museum for the citizens of Seoul
  • A cultural venue

History

  • 1985~2019
    • 2019
    • Jan. 01
    • Museum reorganization(2 divisions, 10 departments)
    • 2018
    • Sep. 12
    • Opening of Gongpyeong Historic Sites Museum
    •  
    • Apr. 17
    • Opening of Donuimun Museum
    • 2016
    • Aug. 12
    • Song In-ho appointed as Director
    • 2015
    • Nov. 18
    • Opening of Baek In-je House
    •  
    • Jul. 1
    • The name was changed to Cheonggyecheon Museum
      The Seoul Baekje Museum was spun off as an independent institution.
    • 2014
    • Jul. 31
    • Seoul City Wall Museum opened
    •  
    • May. 14
    • Kang Hong-bin re-appointed as Director
    • 2013
    • Aug. 19
    • Baekje Research Center opened (2 museums, 2 divisions, 12 departments, 2 research centers)
    •  
    • Jun. 15
    • Acquisition of the Gyeonggyojang House
    • 2012
    • Sep. 28
    • Museum reorganization (2 museums, 2 divisions, 13 departments, 1 research center)
      Seoul City Wall Research Center opened
    •  
    • Apr. 30
    • Museum reorganization (2 museums, 2 divisions, 13 departments)
      Seoul Baekje Museum opened
    •  
    • Mar. 19
    • Museum reorganization (2 divisions, 9 departments)
    •  
    • Jan. 01
    • Acquisition of the Seoul Baekje Museum (construction planning committee)
    • 2009
    • May. 01
    • Kang Hong-bin appointed as Director
    • 2008
    • Aug. 04
    • Museum reorganization(2 divisions, 6 departments)
    • 2007
    • Mar. 29
    • Kim Woo-lim reappointed as Director
    • 2006
    • Jan. 01
    • Acquisition of the Cheonggyecheon Museum
    • 2005
    • Jan. 04
    • Museum reorganization(3 divisions, 5 departments)
    • 2004
    • Jun. 24
    • Hanseong-Baekje Museum Project Division joined
    •  
    • Jun. 18
    • Acquisition of the Mongchon Museum of History
    •  
    • Jan. 14
    • Kim Woo-lim appointed as Director
    • 2003
    • Jun. 10
    • Han Mun-cheol appointed as Director
    •  
    • Apr. 23
    • Gwon Oh-doh appointed as Director
    •  
    • Jan. 15
    • Museum reorganization(3 divisions, 4 departments)
    • 2002
    • Jul. 16
    • Museum organization(2 divisions, 6 departments)
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    • May. 21
    • Seoul Museum of History opened
    • 2001
    • Sep. 29
    • Renamed as the "Seoul Museum of History"
    •  
    • Apr. 19
    • Lee Jon-hui appointed as Director
    • 1999
    • Jun. 01
    • Lee Jong-seon appointed as Director
    • 1993
    • Dec. 15
    • Museum building construction completed
    • 1989
    • Feb. 27
    • Construction planning committee organized
    • 1985
    • Jun. 28
    • Construction planning of the "Seoul City Museum"

MI (Museum Identity)

서울역사박물관 MI image

The emblem of the Seoul Museum of History reflects a contemporary image of Seoul, the capital city of Korea since the Joseon Dynasty, as well as the city's history and culture of 600 years. The shape “ㅅ”represents the mountains surrounding the city, the crescent shape in the middle represents the four gates of the city, and the last figure stands for the Hangang (River) and the Seoul Museum of History. The line stretching out on both sides symbolizes the historicity of the city. Best of all, it naturally links the word “Seoul” in Korean with “museum” in English linguistically. The color red portrays Seoul as an active cultural center, where tradition and modern culture co-exist.

The Korean characters of the logotype demonstrate a contemporary version of an old handwriting style called Seokbosangjeol.