National Museum of Prehistory
NMP is the first state archaeological museum in Taiwan. Dedicated to the reservation and study of prehistoric and indigenous culture, it exhibits the relics excavated from Beinan site. NMP consists of two parts, the main building and Beinan Cultural Park. Situated near the right of Kangle Railway Station, the main building and its 10-hectare museum area presents explicit introduction on the prehistoric development of Taiwan’s nature and culture as well as the Austronesian culture. Behind Taitung Railway Station, the 18-hectare Beinan Cultural Park is the first archaeological site park in Taiwan. The museum is a design by American post-modern architect Michael Graves and domestic architect Haigo T.H.Shen. While the huge bronze sundial on Sun Square creates an image of prehistoric culture, the building adopts the Austronesian totem and cultural features for exterior decoration. Different theme exhibition halls lead visitors to understand Taiwan’s natural history through geologic, biologic and anthropic development, Taiwan’s prehistory through archaeological findings, and the aboriginal heritage through Austronesian cultural discoveries. The outdoor area comprises the establishments of a musical fountain, a labyrinth, a children’s playground and a scenic garden.
- Exhibition Hall
- Public toilets
- Commentary briefing
One of Taiwan’s best museumsNational Museum of Prehistory was a big surprise and was well worth the trip to its rather isolated location in the city. The permanent exhibition covering the natural history of Taiwan specifically was well set up with decent English explanations. There are sections of the museum that specifically highlight the indigenous culture which were informative. The two temporary exhibitions were about the ancient and relatively modern music of the indigenous people which were quite interesting. Handful of interactive displays like the one creating prehistoric images of visitors was entertaining. Well worth a couple of hours, it is one of the best museums in the country.
nice educational experience for the whole familyVery well designed, properly label artifacts and numerous "simulations" to educate, provides a very positive experience and joyful half day for the family
Walsall, United Kingdom
Austronesian tribal culture - not just pre-historyWe expected to see nothing but dinosaurs and their relatives, but the Museum of Prehistory offers much more, and focuses on Austroneisan tribal culture, providing a great deal of information on aboriginal history and lifestyle. Much of the material is interactive, in a variety of ways. Particularly intriguing was a device that enabled the visitor electronically to try out various tribal tattoos on a picture of one’s face. Numerous staff members are Austronesian, and we had a couple of very interesting and informative conversations with two of them. There is a restaurant that serves ethnic food – the server had a Master’s degree in social anthropology, so she was able to tell us quite a lot! The weather outside was extremely wet, so it was an excellent way to spend a day. It is slightly out of town. We were told it was possible to get a bus, but we preferred to be safe and take a taxi. The museum staff kindly phoned for a taxi to get us back to the hotel.
Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
A very spacious and well maintained museum.It's spacious and well maintained by friendly staff but it has more than enough space for more extensive and authentic prehistoric contents. That being said, the flow and direction for the visitors can be re-evaluated accordingly. The museum itself was nice enough. I loved the contents of the gift shop though, especially the different tribe art T-Shirts.
Interesting museum.Taitung is THE tourist place according to the Taiwanese information. It is still in its early stage. This museum is the highlight of information about the history of Taiwan. You find out how the island was formed, how people got here and what aboriginal are still on the island. Besides this, there is a whole pre historic story, but more in general. Interesting to visit to kill some time.
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