The Busan Museum, offers seven regular exhibition rooms spread over three floors in addition to the Kiln Exhibition Hall, and the Outdoor Exhibition Hall. Opened in 1978, the museum has taken on a leading role in preserving traditional culture in Busan by obtaining a wealth of relics from strong excavation efforts, generous donations and purchases, and by meticulous research.
The museum was remodeled in 2002 along with the opening of Exhibition Hall 2. The wide array of relics ranges from the Prehistoric Age to the modern period. The Outdoor Exhibition Hall is home to precious pagodas, Buddhist statues, and monuments. There are over 6,000 items from excavations in Busan and the Gyeongnam area in addition to items that have been purchased, donated, and collected. Those relics reveal the important historical and cultural heritage of Busan.
According to Dynamic Busan Magazine, the museum’s first new exhibit of 2018, the Joseon Tongsinsa Documents, features artifacts related to 12 diplomatic missions from Korea to Japan between 1607 and 1811. It’s on exhibit until May 7.
The “Busan Museum Guide” app gives explanations in English, Japanese and Chinese from the Android Google Play store. An iOS version is also available for download by searching “부산박물관(in Korean)” in the Apple Store.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays.