Samsung has opened the Samsung Innovation Museum, also dubbed as the S/I/M, in Suwon, Korea, where the Samsung Digital City is also located. The museum was opened to showcase the past, present, and future of the electronics industry in the eyes of Samsung.
“The Samsung Innovation Museum brings together some of the true historical masterpieces of electronics innovation. These inventions laid the technological foundation that allowed us to develop and refine products that enhance lives today,” said Oh-Hyun Kwon Vice Chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics at the official opening. “The museum gives visitors an opportunity to see where we’ve come from and also see where Samsung draws inspiration from to continue to create category defining products.”
The museum is housed in a 10,950-square meter five-story building that’s divided into three exhibition halls. The museum features over 150 inventions and products from not only Samsung but also individuals and companies that aren’t connected to Samsung. Visitors can learn about each of the exhibits via Samsung’s Smart Window interactive transparent displays that can be seen all around the museum.
The first hall, called the Age of Inventors, features historic inventions from the likes of Michael Faraday, Thomas Edison and Graham Bell; the inventions include original models of the Leyden Jars by Pieter van Musschenbroek from 1745, Guglielmo Marconi’s Wireless Telegraph “Maggie” from 1896, Edison’s early filament lamp from the 1900’s, the 1911 Maytag electric washing machine no.45, and the GE Monitor Top Refrigerator of 1929. Visitors can also learn about the company histories of a few of the industry’s pioneers like Siemens, AT&T, Philips, GE, and NEC.
The Age of Industry Innovation is what Samsung has called the second hall at the S/I/M. The hall is subdivided into three zones – Semiconductor, Display, and Mobile, and features technology landmarks such as the invention of the transistor, the development of integrated circuits, the history of the semiconductor, and the evolution of display technology. Visitors can also find exhibits of the world’s first mobile phone and the world’s first smartphone in the Mobile zone. Products from Samsung as well as Intel, Sony, Sharp, Nokia, and Motorola are displayed at the S/I/M’s Age of Industry Innovation hall.
The third hall, the Age of Creation, is where visitors can see Samsung’s plans and vision for the future as well as the company’s most advanced current technology including the Curved TV and Smart Home technology. The Age of Creation features a 180-degree 4K UHD panorama screen where visitors can learn about Samsung’s commitment to innovation. The hall also features Samsung’s range of B2B solutions in retail, healthcare, hospitality, government, finance, enterprise mobility and education.
Lastly, visitors can go to the Samsung History Hall where they can learn the company’s history and the products and events that led to the Samsung that we know today. More information on the Samsung Innovation Museum can be found on the museum’s website at samsunginnovationmuseum.com.