The Museum of Shamanism was founded to provide a venue for shamans and the public at large to experience the cultural legacy that Korea’s shamanist tradition has embodied for several millennia. All of shamanic materials, data, relics, remains, and vestiges are tangible and intangible heritage which help people to understand Korea’s history and culture, as well as bring clarity to the Korean ancestral wellspring. TMOS offers a unique opportunity for visitors to experience tangible cultural materials firsthand, while offering scholars a rare opportunity to study both the artifacts and the broader field through various mediums at the museum’s disposal.
The collection of The Museum of Shamanism numbers approximatively 30,000 items, including: shaman paintings, pagodas, costumes, and varied instruments such as mirrors, bells, fans, knifes, spears, utensils, candlesticks, incense burners, paper flowers, hand-cut paper decorations, instruments, divination implements, and amulets. Additionally, there is a library of books, publications, photographs, video files, etc. Materials are on display in the two exhibition halls, outdoors, and in the museum library.