• The Museum
  • Dome House
  • Cubic House
  • Ceramic Creative Center
  • Clay Academy
  • Art-Kitchen
  • Promenade
  • Clayarch Tower
  • Clayarch Restroom Facilities

Facilities and Primary Activities

Clayarch Gimhae Museum encompasses a variety of spaces and functions, including the Dome House and the Cubic House (for exhibitions); the Ceramic Creative Center (for artist-in-residence programs); the Clay Academy (for hands-on experience with making ceramics); and Art-Kitchen (for hands-on experience creating mini-tile mosaics). Among its other facilities, the museum is distinguished by its representative landmark structure known as Clayarch Tower. Occupying a total area of nearly 11,814.39 square meters, the museum contains a range of spaces and facilities for visitor amenities and programs like exhibitions, educational classes, conferences, and cultural events.

Among its prominent features, the museum’s architecture is distinguished by the Fired Painting, a work composed of 5,000 ceramic tiles that covers the exterior of the Dome House. Through this feature, the first piece in the museum’s collection, the Dome House in and of itself exemplifies the convergence of ceramics, architecture, and painting. The glass dome in the Central Hall underscores the museum’s spirit as an open space for communication. Stone slabs once used in an ancient Chinese palace form a bridge between the museum entrance and its walkways, creating a striking harmony between the rounded Dome House and the hexahedral Cubic House.

Following the opening of the Dome House on March 24, 2006, Cubic House opened on March 24, 2012. It houses three exhibition halls, a children’s studio workshop, the Terra-studio, and an auditorium. It also features a waterfront courtyard and large picture windows commanding a panoramic view of the museum grounds. Cubic House is the site of exhibitions in various genres, educational programs for children and adults, conferences, lectures, and cultural events.

Dome House - Exhibitions

Clayarch Gimhae Museum introduces diversity in art and content, showing all possibilities in clay and architecture. The works of international selected ceramists, young ceramists and various experts in architecture, painting, sculpture, photograph, video-art will continue to be shown at Clayarch Gimhae Museum. Furthermore, the museum hopes to work to combine art with different industries. The museum organizes special and regular exhibitions. Visitors can enjoy the high quality of exhibitions held at the museum in addition to attending lectures and seminars offered with exhibitions.

As the primary facility of Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Dome House is where the main exhibitions are held in each half of the year. The architectural meaning of the name “Dome House” evokes the circular structure of the building and the rounded ceiling of its glass rotunda. Having one underground level and two aboveground levels, the building contains Galleries 1 and 2 on the first and second floors of the structure’s circular component, along with a media room, library, and storage areas.

Overview of the facilities

Areas 3,834.69㎡
Contents Basement: Storehouse, Switchboard, Gas Fixture
- 1st Fl.: Information Desk, Central Hall, Gallery 1, Media Room, Library, Toilet 1, 2
- 2nd Fl.: Gallery 2, Afternote Desk


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Cubic House - Exhibitions·Education

The Cubic House houses three exhibition halls for permanent, special, and planned shows, and the kid’s studio and library, and Terra-studio for educational programs. The title ‘cubic house’ recalls a modern architectural image composed of straight lines and quadrangles, referring to a hexahedron. The audiovisual room with 110 seats for academic events, seminars, and film presentations, an observatory window commanding a panoramic view of the museum, and other convenient facilities such as a cafeteria and central park waterside space are housed in the Cubic House.

Overview of the facilities

Areas 2,948㎡
Contents - 1st Fl.: Kids Studio, Kids Library, Gallery 4, 5, 6, Customer Lounge
- 2nd Fl.: Terra Studio, Audiovisual Room


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Ceramic Creative Center (C.C.C.) - Artist-in-Residency

Ceramic Creative Center is a space where artists of different nationalities, working in various genres, can gather together, experience new ideas and techniques, and engage in creative and experimental artwork. As artists in residence actively network with one another and create a harmonious convergence between their disparate genres, the program helps to visualize a sustainable future and enact a creative revolution in the fields of architectural ceramics or ceramics.

The programs of the Ceramic Creative Center (C.C.C.) run in conjunction with projects planned by Clayarch Gimhae Museum. These include exhibitions as well as academic, educational, international exchange, and architectural ceramics projects. Programs like the open studio, artist research seminars, experiential education programs, and architectural ceramics projects allow artists, planners, critics, and visitors to all freely share and exchange ideas about culture, the environment, and architectural ceramics. In this way, C.C.C. is making its way forward as a forum for communication. Equipped with a range of facilities including a woodwork/metalwork space, plaster studio, kiln room, and glazing, clay-making, and materials areas, C.C.C. enables diverse experimentation, research, and art construction. Notably, to enable on-site creation of large-scale pieces over two meters high, the kiln room is equipped with two gas kilns (2 and 4 cubic meters) and three different electric kilns. The second floor facilities include a cafeteria, kitchen, and studios. The third floor has guest rooms in which artists stay, a multi-purpose space for seminars and presentations, and a lounge.

Overview of the facilities

Areas 2,281.68㎡
Contents Basement: Material Store, Equipments
1st Fl.: Studio 1, Kiln Room, Laboratory, Material Room, Toilet
2nd Fl.: Modeling Workshop 1, 2, Restaurant, Toilet
3rd Fl.: Guest Room 1~13, Meeting Room, Laundry Room


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Clay Academy

As a hands-on experience space intended to familiarize the public with architecture, ceramics, and the material of clay, the Clay Academy offers a one-day ceramics experience program. Along with exhibitions, the ceramics experience is a fun and educational activity that the whole family can enjoy together. The Clay Academy is positioning the museum as an ideal cultural space that enriches people’s lives through leisure activities.

This one-story building is divided into a studio and a kiln room. At the entrance of the studio are the information office and a hands-on classroom that can accommodate up to 30 people at once. Additional functional facilities include a changing room, showers, and lockers. The annex provides materials storage, a glazing room, and a kiln room.

Overview of the facilities

Areas 460.18㎡
Contents Main Hall: Information Office, Studio 2, Shower Room, Toilet
Annex Hall: Kiln Room, Glazing Room, Tool Room


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Art-Kitchen, For An Architectural Ceramics Mini-Tile Experience

To afford visitors a wider range of experiential activities, the museum offers Art-Kitchen, a mosaic tile program integrating architecture and ceramics. Utilizing the architectural material of ceramic tiles of about ten different colors, visitors can create their own unique works of art. The program can accommodate up to 30 people at once. Other amenities include a visitor lounge and a private area for nursing mothers.

Overview of the facilities

Areas 1,006.94㎡
Contents 1st Fl. (Left): Office, Private Conference Room
1st Fl. (Right): Nursing Room


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Promenade and Picnic Park

The museum is built on beautiful natural grounds. Therefore taking promenades and having picnics around the museum is ideal. There are many different types of tress and flowers for visitors to enjoy - pachysandra terminalis, rododendron obtusum, abelia grandiflora, photinia glabra, zelkova serrata makino, daffodils, Japanese apricot tree, wild cherry tree, maple, Japanese privet, bridal wreath and apricot. The Promenade and Picnic Park is surrounded by vibrant colors that display the characteristics of the distinct four seasons in Korea. The Promenade leads visitors from the Exhibition Hall to the Clay Academy and the Artist-in-Residency space. It also links to the Clayarch tower.


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Clayarch Tower

The Clayarch tower, functioning as a landmark, is 20 meters high. It is located behind a hill and it is visible from afar. The tower marks the location of the museum. It is decorated with 1,000 clay fired paintings, with oblique lines representing the image of the museum. Around the tower is a picnic area for visitors.


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Clayarch Restroom Facilities

The modern day restroom that we know today has not been in existence for a long period of time. Previously in history, the toilet was regarded as an unhygienic dirty place. However, today, restroom is regarded as a symbol of cleanness, individualism and one that evokes a sensual emotion. The restroom is a critical factor in architecture, and it aptly combines ceramics as the toilet bowl is made from clay. At the Clayarch Gimhae Museum visitors can encounter a unique experience by using our restroom facilities. The designer for the toilet was selected through an open competition therefore the design itself is interesting. The museum’s symbol and emblem are decorated on hand-made Chinese porcelain tiles and this is a part of the toilet decoration. There are various other art pieces that decorate the toilet and through such a display, the restroom also becomes another exhibition space.


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