National Taiwan Museum Taiwan of Land Bank Exhibition Hall, Taipei

(4.2/5 based on 45 reviews on the web)
The National Taiwan Museum, established in 1908, is the oldest museum in Taiwan. It was founded by the colonial government during Taiwan's period of Japanese rule. The museum is located in Zhongzheng District, Taipei.HistoryEstablished in 1908, the museum is the oldest in Taiwan. The colonial government of Japan set up the Taiwan Governor Museum on October 24, 1908, to commemorate the inauguration of the North-South Railway. The museum had a collection of over 10,000 items in its initial stages. In 1915, the new building of the museum in Taipei New Park was inaugurated and became one of the major public buildings during Japanese rule.Under the Nationalist-rule government, the Department of Education of the Taiwan Provincial Government took over the administration of the museum in 1949 and renamed it "Taiwan Provincial Museum" until 1999.The museum underwent two major renovations in 1961 and 1994 respectively. Since 1999, the museum has been administered by the Central Government and renamed "National Taiwan Museum." Throughout the years of war and political transition and after twice being renamed, it stands as the only museum established during the colonial years, which is still in operation on its original site.For a century, since the Qing dynasty, the museum has been standing in front of the Taipei Main Station, on the north-south and east-west pivotal crossroads of old Taipei. Its elegant architecture, abundant collections and unique geographical position have made the museum an important landmark in Taipei. In 1998, the Ministry of the Interior declared the museum a "National Heritage." The museum has witnessed Taiwan's history and recorded its natural and humanitarian developments. Through this window, one may catch a glimpse of Taiwan's evolution with regard to the fields of earth sciences, humanitarian developments, zoology, and botany.
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  • The building is an ancient Bank, which was taken back to the Museum. The inside contains rooms displaying ancient dinosaur skeletons and the vault that was used for storing gold inventory.
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  • 這是ㄧ處自日本治理台灣期間即已開設的銀行,辦理之業務的前身即是日本勸業銀行到台灣設置的台北的重要業務的據點,從其一進入口即可知這是一棟,後現代主義仿羅馬柱的高挑建築,ㄧ進門就是日治時音行的主要業務區,現已經是恐龍化石及相關生活的模擬環靜及演進過程,老金庫、主館辦公室都完整的保留下來,免費參觀,及銀行的發行老資料,不可不看的土銀歷史及展出文件,讓人了解未何要設銀行的緣起⋯⋯。  more »
  • We walked to this museum after lunch from Taipei Main Station (MRT). We took about 15 to 20 min. Along the way at Nanyang Street, there were many eateries which we should have tried. As we were runnin...  more »
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  • Given the name of the building I was expecting more to be inside. I found only 2 exhibits - one on the history of Taiwan and the other on the ecology of Taiwan. These would have been fine but there was no english on any of the placards, leaving me clueless as to what was on display and why it is significant. I spent 15 minutes inside before chalking up my 30 NTDs for a loss and moving on.
  • Paid ~$30 entrance fee. Walked in and saw a bunch of old bicycles. Not interested. Walked up to the 2nd and saw info on some sea species that are found in Taiwan. Not interested. Left in 10 minutes.
  • A must do if you are a history buff or enthusiastic about Chinese history and artefacts. Recommended.
  • Downstairs had two rooms half-full of old bikes. Upstairs had room about Neolithic times and a room about fish - neither with any real exhibits. A total waste of time and money.
  • Quite small as a national museum. And unluckily, most halls were preparing when I was playing a visit.