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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
  • Selling
  • Payphone
  • Parking
  • Public toilets
  • Commentary briefing


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Traveler rating:4.5 138 Reviews Write a Review

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  • Rubybirkenhead

    Birkenhead, United Kingdom

    Amazingly important museum - with lots in English

    Traveler rating:5 2019-09

    This museum is on the site where a pre historic burial ground was discovered more than a decade ago during the building of the new city railway station. Archaeologists were only given ten years to excavate and find out what they could before the very ugly station was built (and out of town?!?!) But the museum staff have done an amazing job telling the history of the site but it also explains the 16 aboriginal tribes that were from this area. Loads to see and read - lots of interactivity for adults and children alike. Our guide Lily also had excellent English. We stayed in the museum's own hotel next door which was very handy as this site is out of town - though next to the airport.
  • BostonT654

    Somewhat interesting, not a Must See

    Traveler rating:3 2019-08

    Fairly new facility covers many aspects of the ancient inhabitants of Taiwan (but there are also sections devoted to human evolution and the sciences involved in archaeology). There are artifacts and life-sized sculptures covering different historical eras, and a section devoted to the indigenous tribes on the island. There are large concrete-like models of ancient animals (which bear no relation to the tiny actual fossil artifact displayed). Lots of activities geared towards young children, including 3-D movies of the kids inserted into the displays and hands-on exhibits and play areas. The projection mapping program in the basement was just weird: new age music with stylized cartoonish depictions of ancient humans, artifacts and other things projected onto the walls of the central courtyard (something like a laser light show); perhaps entertaining for kids, but no direct educational value.
  • Vicky G

    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

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    Solo travel

    A great way to spend half a day in taitung

    Traveler rating:5 2019-02

    This museum proved to be an excellent learning experience. I learnt about the creation of taiwan and the tribes. Spectacular. And a lovely tribal lunch to round it off. Definitely recommend it. It is greatly appreciated that there is a lot of information in English. At times though the sequence to follow is not clear. Other than that, go and enjoy.
  • thelonious22


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    Friends getaway

    One of Taiwan’s best museums

    Traveler rating:4 2019-01

    National 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.
  • Casey W

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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    nice educational experience for the whole family

    Traveler rating:4 2018-10

    Very well designed, properly label artifacts and numerous "simulations" to educate, provides a very positive experience and joyful half day for the family

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