The museum is dedicated to passing on to the next generation the major milesotones in Korea's history from the nineteenth century to the present day, charting the remarkable growth made integrity of the Korean people. It is here at the museum where we reflect on the past in order to open our minds to the possiblities of the future.
The museum is located in a site of historic and symbolic importance and neighbors other historical and cultural facilities. The museum building was once a government buliding home at different times to the Economic Planning Board and the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourinsm. It was recently renovated with eco-friendly, "green" materials and energy-saving technologies to reflect today's environment mindset.