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National Museum of Prehistory, Taitung County

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Learn about Taiwan's natural and cultural history at National Museum of Prehistory. Here you will find rich display of exhibitions accompanied by signs in English, which detail the country's prehistory, natural history, and history of its indigenous people. Keep an eye out for the first piece of jade ornament found in Taiwan, believed to be between 2,300 and 2,800 years old. Following your tour inside, take in the museum's surroundings, including shade trees and grassy areas (which make good picnic areas), along with mountain ranges in the background. Arrange your visit to National Museum of Prehistory and discover more family-friendly attractions in Taitung County using our Taitung County trip itinerary planner.
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  • Since it was raining in the morning, we decided to visit the museum.The guided tour we took were conducted in Mandarin. It was very insightful and learned a lot about Taitung and Taiwan history. Glad ...  more »
  • Prior to the arrival of the Dutch in Taiwan in 1624, Taiwan's indigenous peoples had no writing. This museum illustrates life for these peoples. The museum has many special jade piece (mined in Hualie...  more »
  • The museum was huge with lots to see and learn. We are two adults and found the exhibits to be very interesting and informative and not as dumbed-down as many museum exhibits seem to be these days; th...  more »
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  • Its a nice museum. It even has a nice Spanish restaraunt on the 2nd fl
  • An interesting place for anyone interested in the geological history of Taiwan, Taiwanese Jade, prehistoric Taiwanese people, and the more modern indigenous people of Taiwan. Apart from these three well-known exhibits are a couple of hidden exhibits that we found quite by accident: a full-sized stone coffin on display on the ground floor of the outdoor square, and exhibit about the Taiwan Railway (its past, present state, and future plans). The Railway exhibit does not include English translations. Generally a good place for school-going children to learn about the basics of pre-history, the plate tectonics that created the map of the world today, human evolution, archaeology, and mummification (not to the same level of the British Museum or Natural History Museum in London, of course—its strength and 'unique selling points' lie more in the area of Taiwan prehistory, as its name suggests). The English translations on some exhibits' display cards are not very accurate (a few make no sense at all when you only read the English explanation), so it helps if you can read traditional Chinese. A slow walk-through all three galleries should occupy you for a few hours. Note: The cafe in the museum was closed when I visited (since 5 Jan 2017, according to the notice). A new cafe is allegedly under construction; no note on the potential opening date.
  • Learn about geology formation of taiwan today. I always wonder why the east cost beach has such a colour and I found the answer here. It worth a visit. However, I was told by the usher that the price of their cafe is not expensive. So I took a look and found it was a lie. It is okay if higher price with quality. But I think I just had a worst milk tea I had tried in Taiwan.
  • Well designed, informative. Recommended.
  • Plenty too see. Will take hours seeing all parts of the museum. Great place to take your kids for learning about the pre-historical artifacts and knowledge. Museum is well organized and designed. Highly recommended.