Exhibition Hall 1 : 2017 Exhibition of Donated Items
2017 donators’ donated artifacts are currently being displayed in the Exhibition Hall of Donations 1.
Among the various displays of donated artifacts are those from the Korean nurses dispatched to Germany
in the 1960s and 70s; Hanyang University Professor Kang Byeong-gi, who led Seoul’s urban design development;
the year of 1994; and children’s literature author, Han Jeong-dong
Exhibition Hall 2 : 20th Century Seoul
An exhibition has been prepared about the people and places in Seoul during the 20th century based on
the donated artifacts from main donors at the Exhibition Hall of Donations 2.
The exhibition hall will be divided into five categories, including 1950 Korean War veterans, Seoul’s developmental era
in the 1960s, Seodaemun Art Hall and ABC New York Bakery of the 1970s-2000s, and the Seoul 1994 Time Capsule.
Exhibition Hall 3 : High ranking officials of Hanyang (today’s Seoul)
Exhibition Hall 3 displays relics from noble families who lived in Hanyang during the Joseon Dynasty. The high ranking officials were those who followed Confucianism and held government positions. These individuals studied Confucianism from a young age, and were considered to be scholars. They took national examinations and took high-ranking government positions after passing the examinations. In particular, the nobles who resided in Hanyang were central figures in leading politics and society during the Joseon Dynasty. In Exhibition Hall 3, visitors can see the lifestyles of nobles and the culture of Hanyang through the donated relics that have been passed down through several famous families of the Joseon Dynasty.
Exhibition Hall 4 : Unhyeongung Palace
Exhibition Hall 4 displays the relics from Unhyeongung Palace, which was the private residence of Prince Regent Heungseon. King Gojong was born and lived at this residence until he was 12 years old. After Gojong's ascension to the throne, Unhyeongung Palace became the center of Prince Regent Heungseon 's reformative politics. It was the birthplace of reformation, and it was where reformative politics were conceived and practiced during Daewongun's 10 years as regent. Unhyeongung Palace scaled down and changed several times in the midst of modern architecture, but it tells stories about the tumultuous historical times during the dawn of modern Korea. Descendants of the Unhyeongung Palace, who have maintained the palace even under difficulties, have donated some 6,000 relics to the Seoul Museum of History. Visitors will be able to sense the culture of the last royal families of the Joseon Dynasty through these relics.
Exhibition Hall 5: Seoul Photograph
Seoul’s Portrait from Four Perspectives
The Seoul Photography Exhibition features 105 photographs selected from among donations by photographers Kim Han-yong, Im In-sik, Han Yeong-su, and Hong Sun-tae. The photos spans the time of Korea’s independence to the 1970s, capturing scenes from a national ceremony in front of the main government building, laundry hung out to dry in the shantytown in Cheonggyecheon, people collecting ice at the Hangang River, residents enjoying the sun on the river’s sandy banks, and much more. The exhibition shows the old way of life in Seoul and how it has changed over the years.