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National Museum of Korea

2005 ~

National Museum of Korea
Yongsan Period

On October 28, 2005, the NMK reopened in its new permanent home in Yongsan, on a site of 307,227 m² (building area: 45,438 m² ). Yongsan, the geographic heart of Seoul, is backed by the expansive Mt. Namsan and fronted by the Hangang. Yongsan is also the true cultural center of Seoul, sitting just south of the five palaces of the Joseon Dynasty and the War Memorial, and north of the National Library and the Seoul Arts Center.
The new museum, which boasts more extensive and convenient facilities than its predecessors, attracted more than 100,000 visitors in its first three days, reaching one million in attendance after 44 days, and ten million in about three and a half years. In 2009, the NMK attracted 2,730,204 visitors, which ranked as the highest attendance figure in Asia and 10th worldwide (according to the Art Newspaper).
Reborn as a “cultural complex” that all Koreans can enjoy, the new NMK has updated its mission to not only to preserve and display relics, but also to host a variety of programs and cultural events in conjunction with the Children’s Museum and permanent exhibitions. Beginning in 2008, the NMK offered free admission to all of its permanent exhibits, thereby enhancing the popularity of the museum and altering the perception that museums are for one-time visits only. The NMK also reinforced its numerous exchange programs with overseas museums, holding special internationally themed exhibitions, such as “The Glory of Persia” (2008), “Egypt, the Great Civilization: Pharaohs and Mummies” (2009), “Korean Museums: 100 Years in Remembrance” (a 100th anniversary celebration of Korean Museums) (2009), and “Gods, Heroes and Mortals: Art and Life in Ancient Greece” (2010).


October 28, 2005
The new National Museum of Korea opened in Yongsan.

April 6, 2006
The NMK established its Visitor Service Team.

May 22, 2007
The NMK established its Asia Department and Conservation Science Team.

September 28, 2009
The NMK presented the special exhibition, “Korean Museums: 100 Years in Remembrance,” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Korean museums.

April 2010
The NMK ranked 10th in 2009 museum attendance (1st in Asia) according to "2009 Total Art Museums Numbers" released by the Art Newspaper.

July 2010
The permanent hall was reformed chronologically, with new titles for its galleries. The new titles are: Prehistory and Ancient History Gallery (formerly Archaeological Gallery), Medieval and Early Modern History Gallery (formerly Historical Gallery), Calligraphy and Painting Gallery (formerly Fine Arts Gallery I), Sculpture and Crafts Gallery (formerly Fine Arts Gallery II), Donations Gallery, and Asia Gallery.

August 5, 2010
The NMK established the Joseon Room in the Medieval and Early Modern History Gallery.

April 2011
The NMK ranked 9th in 2010 museum attendance (1st in Asia) according to "2010 Total Art Museums Numbers" released by the Art Newspaper.

May 5, 2011
The NMK established its Genre Painting Room inside the Paintings Room of the Calligraphy and Painting Gallery.

September 12, 2013
The NMK established its Design Team.

December 22, 2013
Naju National Museum opened.

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