Do you want to find out more about the world’s greatest breakthrough products in the electronics industry such as Thomas Edison‘s early light bulb invented in the 1900’s or the world’s first electric washing machine made by Maytag?
Samsung Innovation Museum, which opened last month, is a perfect place to visit if you want to explore and experience the history of electronics from the earliest electrical creations to the current and future innovation!
Samsung Electronics opened this five-story museum, which is divided into three exhibition halls to mark the past, present and future of the electronics industry. Each hall has detailed information about the products on display as well as videos specially created to provide added context.
Today, we’ll take you on a brief tour of this museum, so please come along with us on an exciting journey through innovations!
Exhibition Hall 1: The Age of Inventors
In this hall, you’ll be able to see some of the most innovative and historic inventions of the electronics industry that go back to as early as the 18th century. The exhibition showcases stories of inventors such as Michael Faraday, who is best known for his work regarding electricity and magnetism.
You can also meet the original models of many breakthrough innovations, including Guglielmo Marconi’s wireless telegraph “Maggie,” produced in 1896, Edison’s early filament lamp from 1900, Maytag electric washing machine No. 45 from 1911 and the GE Monitor-Top Refrigerator from 1929.
The hall is divided into five areas: discovery of electricity, lighting, telecommunications, home appliances and radio. Each area is separately housed within a cone-shaped roof hanging from the ceiling. On the screens inside the cones, visitors can watch videos that show how inventions within these five areas improved our lives. The hall also illustrates corporate histories of pioneer companies including Siemens, which was established in 1847, AT&T in 1885, Philips in 1891, GE in 1892 and NEC in 1899.
Exhibition Hall 2: The Age of Industry Innovation
And now, let’s step into the next hall which is all about providing insight into the key pillars that underpin the electronics industry: semiconductor, display and mobile.
The mobile zone features the world’s first mobile phone as well as the world’s first smartphone. There are also examples of how Samsung’s innovative technologies have been put to use for a social cause, such as the time when Samsung loaded a GT-i7410 projector phone with encouraging messages and video clips to support the hope of the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days in 2010.
Exhibition Hall 3: The Age of Creation
In this hall, you’ll be able to see Samsung’s vision for the future. It consists of 3 areas – the S/I/M Theater, Product Gallery and Nanum (meaning “sharing” in Korean) Gallery – showcasing Samsung Electronics’ vision and promise for the future.
With a 180-degree UHD panorama screen, the S/I/M Theater shows Samsung’s commitment to innovation. The Product Gallery displays the future Samsung envisions through its products in 7 business areas: Retail, Healthcare, Hospitality, Government, Finance, Enterprise Mobility and Education. Lastly, the Nanum Gallery exhibits various Samsung projects aimed at contributing to society.
In the museum, you can also find a large display which recognizes your face expressions. So when you smile, the characters on the screen will also smile. Also, 25 transparent LCD monitors are installed to provide various data on the history of electronics industry.
So, that concludes our brief tour around the Innovation Museum in Suwon, Korea, where Samsung Electronics is headquartered. The museum is open to public, so next time you are in Korea, we highly recommend that you take some time to visit the museum and experience the exciting history of electronics!