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The Museum of Performing Arts The history of performing arts goes back more than a hundred years. Records and resources are very significant because a performing art in some respects disappears at the very time of performing on stage. Therefore, we, at the National Theater of Korea (the NTOK), established a museum to record the history of performing arts, and preserve and display the artifacts and memorabilia from those performances.

To this end, we will scientifically collect, preserve and exhibit performing art resources to examine the trends of Korean performing arts. We will also bring to life the dormant, precious resources and relics that have been produced over a hundred year long history.

The exhibitions of the Museum can be characterized by the interaction between exhibits and audiences. We installed video monitors so that audiences could view the scenes of previous performances along with programs and photos.

The chronicle of performing arts in Korea and the events and performances of the NTOK are also exhibited along with major performances at the entrance of the exhibition space.

What is more interesting is that we exhibit stage costumes, rooms for artists, set designs and artifacts used for performances. We also have archives where researchers and students can search records and resources in regard to performances. With these contents and functions, the Performing Arts Museum intends to reflect the history of performing arts and set the direction for new forms of arts through exhibitions, conservation, research and education.

The Museum is small and is not perfect. But, it has taken a significant first step forward. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to those who donated various resources for the opening of the first performing arts museum in Korea. In addition, we appreciate the encouragement and interest from those who love performing arts and visit the museum.
Thank you very much!