The Seoul Urban Life Museum officially opened on September 26, 2019, successfully wrapping up its two-month temporary opening. The museum will be a “space for dialogue and harmony between generations,” where visitors can learn about the modern and contemporary lives of residents of Seoul while viewing over 1,100 hand-stained relics from the period between the 1950s and the present.
With the official opening of the Seoul Urban Life Museum, all facilities in the museum will be open to the public. Specifically, visitors can now view ▴ the special exhibition entitled “The Collector’s Room,” ▴ the Detention Center Exhibition Hall, and ▴ the Courtroom Experience Center.
The special exhibition entitled “The Collector’s Room” (Main Building, Exhibition Hall, 4F) is a participatory exhibition where seven citizen collectors exhibit their collections. The stories related to the relics of various fields, including music, sports, theater, and collection, are narrated in a reorganized form in the exhibition. What made the owners start to collect the items and the stories behind those items will feed into the atmosphere and memories of the time, drawing interest from visitors of all ages.
The Detention Center Exhibition Hall (annex, 1-4F) has been restored to the original appearance of a detention center where prisoners on trial were kept in custody. Visitors can vividly experience the exhibition room while wearing the outfits of a warden or a prisoner. In another section of the exhibition room, a reproduced old alley will provoke nostalgia and reminiscence as the home to a comic book cafe, music cafe, and stationery store, the representative entertainment and cultural spaces of the 1970s and 1980s.
The Courtroom Experience Center (Main Building, Children’s Experience Center, 1F) restores the former appearance of the courtroom of the old Northern Branch of Seoul District Court and hosts an educational program in which mock trials take place. The space serves as the stage for a play, vividly resembling the appearance of a courtroom and enhancing educational effects. Those who want to participate in the play should make a reservation on the Seoul Reservation for Public Service (yeyak.seoul.go.kr). Up to 30 individuals can take part in the play that takes places once a day and up to five individuals per reservation can apply for participation.
Seoul Urban Life Museum consists of three buildings with a gross area of 6,919㎡ (from 1F to 5F). It is composed of ▴ the Exhibition Hall (from 1F to 4F of the Main Building), ▴ the Children’s Experience Center (from 1F to 2F of the Main Building), ▴ the Detention Center Exhibition Hall (Annex 1), and ▴ seminar rooms (Annex 2). The Exhibition Hall from 1F to 3F of the Main Building is the space in which visitors can look into the stories of the daily lives of the people who live in Seoul by viewing the relics provided by donations from 56 patrons and listening to interviews with 85 citizens of Seoul.
The Seoul Urban Life Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every week from Tuesday to Sunday. Admission is free. Visiting some parts of the museum, including the children’s experience center, requires a reservation. More information is available on the official website (www.museum.seoul.kr/sulm/index.do).
|Interior and exterior of the museum|
|The Exterior of Seoul Urban Life Museum||The Lobby of Seoul Urban Life Museum|
|Urban Life Exhibition Hall|
|Urban Life Exhibition Hall 1F, Seoul Scenery||Urban Life Exhibition Hall 1F, Taxi|
|Urban Life Exhibition Hall 2F, Childbirth and Child-rearing||Urban Life Exhibition Hall 3F, Education|
|Urban Life Exhibition Hall 4F, (Special Exhibition)|
|Children’s Experience Center|
|First Floor of the Children’s Experience Center||Second Floor of the Children’s Experience Center|
|Detention Center Exhibition Hall|
|Detention Center (Single Room)||Detention Center (Visiting Room)|
|Detention Center (Old Alley)||Detention Center (Old Alley)|