Seoul Museum of Art

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Seoul Museum of Art
Korean name
Hangul 서울시립미술관
Hanja 서울市立美術館
Revised Romanization Seoul Sirip Misulgwan
McCune–Reischauer Sŏul Sirip Misulgwan
Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA).jpg
Seoul Museum of Art in March 2016
General information
Type Art Museum
Location Misulgwan-gil 30 (Seosomun-dong 37), Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opened August 19, 1988
Renovated 2002
Technical details
Floor count 3 Stories and 2 Basements
Floor area 13,434 square meters
Design and construction
Architecture firm Samoo Architects & Engineers

The Seoul Museum of Art is an art museum operated by Seoul City Council and located in central of Seoul, South Korea.[2]


It was opened in the Gyeonghuigung Palace area, a royal palace of Joseon dynasty, with six exhibition rooms and an outdoor sculpture park.[3] However, in 2002 a larger main branch was opened behind Deoksugung Palace, replacing the Gyeonguigung Branch as the main branch. Occupying the old Korean Supreme Court building this remodeled and renovated version houses three floors of exhibition halls, a connected administration annex, and a basement with lecture halls, classrooms and offices. The museum has two more branches in Seoul: one is located in Gyeonghuigung (SeMa GyeongHuiGung) and the other is located in Namhyeon-dong, Gwanak-gu (SeMa NamSeoul).

The Seoul Museum of Art's main branch offers a wide variety of services to the general public. Offered by the museum are low, or no-cost, public art classes in Korean traditional arts, docent programs in English and Korean and lectures open to the public in order to further its mission.

Directors and curators[edit]

Currently[when?] Kim Hong-hee is leading the museum.

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 37°33′50.84″N 126°58′25.71″E / 37.5641222°N 126.9738083°E / 37.5641222; 126.9738083


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