Horim Museum was founded upon the contribution of artifacts and funds made by Horim Yun Jang-seob (湖林 尹章燮, 1922-2016) with the vision to inherit and cultivate the cultural heritage of Korea and Koreans. Yun Jang-seob established the Seongbo Cultural Foundation in July 1981 and opened the Horim Museum in Daechi-dong of Gangnam-gu, Seoul in October 1982. Afterward, the museum moved to a new space in Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu, in May 1999. In June 2009, the museum’s Sinsa branch opened its doors in the Horim Art Center in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, which is one of the centers of Seoul’s urban culture, to bring culture and arts closer to citizens.
Horim Museum houses around 19,000 items of cultural heritage, including ceramics, metalworks, woodwork, calligraphy, paintings, and historical records. Among these items, 62 artifacts are state-designated national treasures (8) and treasures (54), and 11 artifacts are tangible cultural heritages designated by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Horim Museum’s collection is highly praised for its variety and quality and serves as important basic data for research on Korean art history. Since its opening, the Horim Museum has been continuously holding exhibitions under diverse themes that bring the spotlight on different items from its valuable collection to enhance the understanding of the beauty and value of Korean art. Horim Museum envisions becoming a future-oriented cultural space that shapes the culture and appreciation of art by continuously expanding its collection and holding meaningful exhibitions.
Our Values and Vision
A museum that inherits and develops our national cultural heritage
Horim Museum has been pursuing various projects for the transmission and development of Korea’s national cultural heritage. It has made significant efforts to collect, preserve, and support the research on cultural assets that embody our national culture. In addition to exhibiting and researching the artifacts held by the museum’s collection, Horim Museum has continuously supported various academic groups, research institutes, and researchers in Korea with the intent to promote the understanding of Korean culture.
A private museum that represents Korea
Since opening its doors in 1982, Horim Museum has contributed to the development of national culture by collecting, preserving, and studying Korea’s cultural heritage, while growing with its audience through exhibitions and educational activities. Horim Museum will continue to serve as a private museum representing Korean traditional art, unmatched in size and quality.
An accessible cultural space for everyone
Horim Museum is an urban cultural space that welcomes all people and all voices for the contemplative appreciation of Korea’s cherished traditions. Horim Museum seeks to share the value of our cultural heritage by providing various educational opportunities.
A museum at the heart of Korea’s cultural network
Horim Museum takes a great interest in and supports individuals and organizations that preserve and research Korea’s cultural heritage. It also shares its experiences and achievements through continuous human and material exchanges with other museums and art galleries. Horim Museum aims to contribute to maximizing the synergy of cultural content and to foster local communities as the center of cultural networks.
A museum that connects to the world
Horim Museum believes that Korea’s cultural heritage belongs not only to Koreans but to all citizens of the world. With this belief, Horim Museum seeks to expand its reach overseas to promote Korea’s cultural heritage by actively engaging in exchanges with major museums and art galleries overseas. In addition, it plans to promote various cultural projects around the world, starting with major cosmopolitan cities.
A future-oriented museum
Horim Museum envisions looking into the future and creating new values that transcend the past and the present, East and West, through Korea’s wonderful traditions. Horim Museum’s mission is to be a new model for museums as the producer of culture in the 21st century that consistently keeps ahead of the times.