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The Museum of Shamanism (TMOS) was established in Seoul, Korea on May 2, 2013 as the first museum dedicated to shamanism education and research. Folklorist and shamanism specialist, Yang Jongsung, founder the TMOS, was a senior curator at the National Folk Museum of Korea and an ICOM-ICME board member. Dr. Yang is now the director of TMOS, president of the Society for Shamanism Studies, and Chief Editor of the Journal of Shamanism Studies. After 3 years, 25th of May 2016, at its original venue, the museum moved to its new home at the Geumseongdang Shamanic Shrine, which is a designated National Folklore property in Eunpyeong-Gu, Seoul.

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.