Samsung Innovation Museum Experience in Suwon
To mark the 45th anniversary of Samsung Electronics, they opened Samsung Innovation Museum in Suwon, a city near Seoul in South Korea. This museum opened in April 2014 and it is one of the most innovative museums I have visited so far.
(Lobby of Samsung Innovation Museum)
Unlike the conventional museum, in Samsung Innovation Museum you will be given a walking tour, video presentation, interactive sessions as well as hands on the latest Samsung products. The museum offers 150 inventions and products from Samsung and also other products of its competitors.
There are three main exhibition halls; the Age of Inventors, the Age of Industry Innovation and the Age of Creation. The Age of Inventors exhibition displays some of the original models and inventions of famous creators like Thomas Edison, Graham Bell and Michael Faraday.
(World’s First Battery, this is the real piece!)
According to the guide, it took the company some time to purchase original models from museums and collectors so every single piece (unless stated) are original authentic models.
(Edison’s early inventions, all of this are original models/lamps!)
These are real antiques and I never see them before and learnt so much about the inventors.
(World’s first washing machine)
The Age of Industry Innovation displays Samsung products and also products produce by others. I think they did it in a very classy manner. From the first radio to the first TV, from the first commercial phone to Samsung latest smart phone, this exhibition hall explains it all.
Thus, in this hall sits the most expensive exhibit, the wireless morse code transmitter or wireless telegraph, a rare machine to acquire. Looking at some of the old models of the mobile phones reminds me of my younger days and also how Samsung smart phone has progress and builds its brand and product up to now.
Samsung’s first mobile phone launched in 1988 for the Seoul Summer Olympics. I am sure we are unaware of that.
(Samsung of the TVs from the past)
Lastly, it the Age of Creation exhibition hall displays Samsung latest innovations in healthcare, hospitality and education. You can also experience the Samsung’s Smart Home and how its products interact with each other. This reminds me of the old movie “Tron” in 1980s which its home is smart controlled by a computer. You can find most of Samsung latest consumer products here and the best part is you can play with it.
You get to learn a lot of the history and the innovations of Samsung Electronics. Samsung is not just about mobile phones and you will learn more about their mission and their future in this museum.
The tour takes around an hour but do remember to book your guided tour in advance on their website at http://www.samsunginnovationmuseum.com/
Admission is FREE.
Samsung Innovation Museum Address and Contact:
443-742 Samsung Innovation Museum, Samsung Electronics, Samsung-ro 129, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Phone : 031-200-3113, 031-200-0200(for parking)
Email : [email protected]
Samsung Innovation Museum Opening Hours
10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM (Monday ~ Saturday)
Last admission is 5:00 PM
Sundays, National Holidays, Other Public Holidays and the last day of every year (12/31)
Other Public Holidays are limited to Labor Day(May 1st), Children’s Day (May 5th) and alternative holidays.
Samsung Innovation Museum tour guide:
Weekdays : Reservation required (tour by a museum presenter)
All weekday visits must be reserved in advance.
Each tour by museum presenter is limited to 20 people.
Saturdays : No reservation required
There is no guided tour on Saturdays
How to go to Samsung Innovation Museum in Suwon:
From Gyeongbu Expressway
AEnter the expressway from Suwon IC → Drive straight towards Yeongtong•Suji → B Cross Yeongtong Overpass → C Turn left at the Samsung Three-way Intersection → Enter Samsung-ro and drive 1km towards Samsung Digital City → D Make a U-turn at the intersection in front of the main gate of Samsung Electronics → Drive 200m and enter the S/I/M parking tower on the right → Park on the 3rd basement floor (for S/I/M) of the parking tower
From Yongin-Seoul Expressway
Enter the expressway from Heungdeok IC → Enter Heungdeok 3-ro underground roadway and drive 907m → B From the intersection under Yeongtong Overpass, drive 1.1km in the right lane towards Suwon District Court → C Turn left on Samsung Three-way Intersection → Enter Samsung-ro and drive 1km towards Samsung Digital City → D Make a U-turn at the intersection in front of the main gate of Samsung Electronics → Drive 200m and enter the S/I/M parking tower on the right → Park on the 3rd basement floor (for S/I/M) of the parking tower