June 15, 2001Opening of the Jeju National Museum
Dec. 28, 2000Completion of the construction of the Jeju National Museum
Dec. 31, 1992Commencement of the construction of the Jeju National Museum
The Museum exhibits its permanent collection on local culture and historic development chronologically and by theme. It also presents special exhibitions such as 'Life in Jeju, Beauty of Jeju' and 'History of Navigation and Shipwrecks' to show the essence of both Korean and Jeju culture and offer insight into maritime exchange in Northeast Asia through the centuries.
The numerous artifacts on display at the Museum were donated from citizens and organizations. Cultural artifacts excavated from Jeju are systematically and efficiently taken care of. The Museum's 'Conservation Science Room' scientifically preserves all artifacts in the Museum's possession.
Museums are asked to play a greater role in education as the general public is increasingly interested in life-long education. In order to encourage more visitors to come to the Museum and help them better understand the history and culture of Jeju and Korea, the Museum offers a wide range of educational programs for specific age groups and specific needs. Included in educational programs are Museum culture classes, academy classes, classes for teachers, special lectures on special exhibitions, classes for volunteers, traveling Museum classes, history camp with teachers, and peer group volunteer events.
The Museum invites well-known musicians, performing troupes, and artists' groups for Museum anniversary celebrations and special exhibitions and presents a variety of programs. On major holidays, events in which visitors are welcomed to participate are held. The Museum holds the 'Children's Cultural Heritage Drawing Competition' to provide children opportunities to help them understand and appreciate the artifacts on display at the Museum. For visitors, the Museum provides 'Gallery Talks.'
The Museum's Hand-on Experience Corner gives visitors opportunities for useful and exciting learning experiences and is intended to raise their interest in traditional Korean culture. Visitors may try their own hands at various artistic activities such as stone rubbing, woodblock printing, assembling models of ancient Jeju buildings and stone pagodas, and ancient painting puzzle. The Museum also offers the One-Day Hands-on Experience Event for underprivileged children and youths.
The Museum loans its facilities including the auditorium, special exhibition hall, and outdoor spaces to individual artists and groups for concerts, performances, symposiums, and other presentation sessions. The Museum is fully open to all citizens.