Starting the end of September, all national museums in Seoul will be open seven days a week for one whole year, including national holidays. Participating museums are the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul, the National Museum of Korea, the National Folk Museum of Korea, the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, and also the National Hangeul Museum. Until now, these museums, like many others in Seoul, have been closing their doors on Mondays. However, this change in schedule will allow hard working Seoulites to enjoy their cultural venues whenever they want while also saving the growing number of tourist from any inconveniences.
Built in 2013 as an annex building of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) Gwacheon main location, the Seoul branch is located on the historic site of the former Defense Security Command offices.
Permanent exhibitions and the children’s museum are free at all times, including the outdoor performances that happen every Sat and on holidays, all the way through October. On Hyeonchungil (Memorial Day), a fusion gukak group takes the stage, and in August, maestro Keum Nan-sae will wave his baton.
The museum is located on the grounds of Gyeongbokgung, but there is a museum-specific entrance if you want to avoid paying the palace entry fee. Exhibitions are free, but audio guides in English, Japanese, and Chinese are offered for 1,000 won.