Bright and modern architecture, huge, intriguing installations – the newly opened MMCA in the heart of Seoul is the new must-see cultural venue for the entire family
On our way to the nearby Gyeongbokgung Palace or Samcheong-dong, we used to walk often along the wall during the construction. We couldn’t wait to visit the brand new Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Our curiosity was eventually fully rewarded!
Visiting on a Sunday afternoon without reservation we expected long queues but luckily it wasn’t the case – making our family cultural outing all the more enjoyable.
The MMCA is currently running several exhibitions. Right after the entrance, we’ve been completely mesmerized by the installation “Home Within Home” by Do Ho Suh. The work is 15 meters high and 13 meters wide and made out of semi-transparent blue mesh cloth it features a small hanok, a traditional Korean house, hanging inside a life-sized three-story apartment block. Another piece of art which impressed especially our kids was an interactive media art display called “Intervention, Misalignment” by Minha Yang. The kids loved to run in front of the image of light flowing like water on a wall.
Suspended from the high ceiling, “Opertus Lunula Umbra” by U-ram Choe an original bug-shaped mechanical organism moving slowly his wings or ribs was another highlight for all the family.
To sum it up, MMCA is another wonderful Museum to visit with or without kids. There is so much to see in a lot of different styles with eight art Galleries in addition to the Main Hall, the Seoul Box, a Multi-project Hall, a Theater and more.
You won’t be disappointed.
Opening hours :
Closed : Mondays and January 1st
ㅇ Ticket : Until 1 hour prior to the closing time
ㅇ Museum Hours
– Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday : 10:00 am ~ 6:00 pm
– Wednesday, Saturday : 10:00 am ~ 9:00 pm(18:00~21:00 : Special exhibition is free)
ㅇ Admission fee is charged differently according to the exhibition.
Please refer to the museum website for details www.mmca.go.kr/eng/
ㅇ Permanent Exhibition is free.
How to get there :
– Next to Exit 1, Ankuk Station, Line No. 3 ~ 14 minute walk
– Next to Exit 2, Gwanghwamun Station, Line No. 5 ~ 17 minute walk
Parking Capacity: 384 Vehicles (Underground Level Parking Lot)
– 3,000 won for first 1 hour
– 500 won for each additional 10 minute period exceeding the first 1hours
– 25,000 won maximum daily charge(08:00~23:00)
For localization, see Seoul Maps for Kids & Families
For more information go to MMCA