National Taiwan Museum (台湾国立博物馆) – The Oldest Museum in Taiwan
National Taiwan Museum (台湾国立博物馆) was built in 1908 by the Japanese to commemorate the opening of Taiwan’s north-south mainline railway and so established the Taiwan Governor-General Office Museum on October 24, 1908.
After the National Government moved to Taiwan in 1949 the museum came under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Department of Education and the name was changed to “Taiwan Provincial Museum”. In 1999, the museum came under the jurisdiction of central government and the name was changed to the current name “National Taiwan Museum”.
Although the name has changed numerous times, the museum is the only Japanese colonial era museum in Taiwan that, after surviving war and changes in government, is still open on its original site.
*The museum architecture led by Ichiro Nomura from Takaishi Group has a strong sense of Doric style which is popular during the Renaissance (European Art) and definitely worth a visit!
Seed Art Museum
This section introduces the seed evolution and its role towards the jungle and river ecosystems, the museum also provides some natural effect by using 3D projectile for visitors to learn more.
A very great place to bring kids around in order to understand the origin of mother nature and ways to preserve it.
Indigenous of Formosa
The indigenous of formosa section showcases the lifestyle, culture and tools used by indigenous people in Taiwan.
Various types of Jewellery, pottery, hunting equipment (from different tribes) and much more can be seen in this gallery.
If you are interested in this particular subject, highly recommend visiting the Shung Ye Museum covering more in-depth information about Taiwan Formosan Aborigines.
Classification of Taiwan Indigenous People
There are a few classified Indigenous tribes in Taiwan but can you tell which one are they according to their appearance?
Below we will reveal a few of those well-known tribes in Taiwan! 😉
The Paiwan, who also known as the headhunting tribe from the past is the second-largest indigenous group in Taiwan. There are two subgroups under the Paiwan people: the Raval and the Butsul.
The Amis, the largest indigenous group which primarily fishermen due to their coastal location and are traditionally matrilineal (mother lineage).
The Yami people, also known as the Tao people, are an Austronesian ethnic group native to the tiny outlying Orchid Island of Taiwan.
The Tsou, are an indigenous people of central southern Taiwan. They are an Austronesian ethnic group and are the seventh-largest indigenous group in Taiwan.
The Bunun, are best known for their sophisticated polyphonic vocal music. Unlike other aboriginal peoples in Taiwan, the Bunun are widely dispersed across the island’s central mountain ranges and is the fourth-largest indigenous group in Taiwan.
The Saisiyat, also spelt Saisiat is one of the smallest aboriginal groups in Taiwan. The Saisiyat inhabit western Taiwan, overlapping the border between Hsinchu County and Miaoli County.
The Atayal, also known as the Tayal and the Tayan, is the third-largest indigenous group in Taiwan.
Taiwan’s New Scope
Taiwan’s New Scope details the important naturalists and their significant findings in the history of National Taiwan Museum by means of special topics.
The topics of exhibitions are ranging from – mountain plants, rare bird species, shell specimens, Formosan fish species, and deep sea living fossils.
There is also a clear introduction attached below for each finding so that you would appreciate and understand the uniqueness of the specimens! 😉
*Unfortunately the ground floor and third floor had closed for renovation during our visit, would definitely do another visit in the future.
From Train (MRT)
- The museum is located inside 228 Peace Memorial Park (二二八和平公園), Red Line (2) NTU Hospital station (台大醫院), Exit 4.
Address: National Taiwan Museum, Xiangyang Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan.
Open Hours: 09.30 am – 05.00 pm (Tues-Sun), Closed on Monday.
Admission Fees: NT$30 (Adult), NT$15 (Children Below 12 & Senior).