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Mission and Aims of the Museum

  • 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


Jun. 28, 1985
Construction planning of the "Seoul City Museum"
Feb. 27, 1986
Construction planning committee organized
Dec. 15, 1993
Museum building construction completed
Jun. 01, 1999
Lee Jong-seon appointed as Director
Apr. 19, 2001
Lee Jon-hui appointed as Director
Sep. 29, 2001
Renamed as the "Seoul Museum of History"
May. 21, 2002
Seoul Museum of History opened
Jul. 16, 2002
Museum organization(2 divisions, 6 departments)
Jan. 15, 2003
Museum reorganization(3 divisions, 4 departments)
Apr. 23, 2003
Gwon Oh-doh appointed as Director
Jun. 10, 2003
Han Mun-cheol appointed as Director
Jan. 14, 2004
Kim Woo-lim appointed as Director
Jun. 18, 2004
Acquisition of the Mongchon Museum of History
Jun. 24, 2004
Hanseong-Baekje Museum Project Division joined
Jan. 04, 2005
Museum reorganization(3 divisions, 5 departments)
Jan. 01, 2006
Acquisition of the Cheonggyecheon Museum
Mar. 29, 2007
Kim Woo-lim reappointed as Director
Aug. 04, 2008
Museum reorganization(2 divisions, 6 departments)
May. 01, 2009
Kang Hong-bin appointed as Director
Jan. 01, 2012
Acquisition of the Seoul Baekje Museum
(construction planning committee)
Mar. 19, 2012
Museum reorganization (2 divisions, 9 departments)
Apr. 30, 2012
Seoul Baekje Museum opened
Apr. 30, 2012
Museum reorganization
(2 museums, 2 divisions, 13 departments)
Sep. 28, 2012
Seoul City Wall Research Center opened
Sep. 28, 2012
Museum reorganization
(2 museums, 2 divisions, 13 departments,
1 research center)
Jun. 15, 2013
Acquisition of the Gyeonggyojang House
Aug. 19, 2013
Baekje Research Center opened
(2 museums, 2 divisions, 12 departments,
2 research centers) 
May. 14, 2014
Kang Hong-bin re-appointed as Director
Jul.  31, 2014
Seoul City Wall Museum opened
Jul. 1, 2015
The Seoul Baekje Museum was spun off as an independent institution.
Jul. 1, 2015
The name was changed to Cheonggyecheon Museum
Nov. 18, 2015
Opening of Baek In-je House
Aug. 12, 2016
Song In-ho appointed as Director
Apr. 17, 2018
Opening of Donuimun Museum
Sep. 12, 2018
Opening of Gongpyeong Historic Sites Museum
Jan. 01, 2019
Museum reorganization(2 divisions, 10 departments)

MI (Museum Identity)

Seoul Museum of History Identity

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.

Seoul Museum of History

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