Looking back at the history of the National Taiwan Museum

  • 03 December, 2017
  • jvantrieste
Time Traveler

At 109 years old, the National Taiwan Museum is Taiwan’s oldest museum and one of its most venerable institutions. Since 1908, the museum has been a center of natural history, anthropology, geology and other fields of study in Taiwan. Its current home, completed in 1915, was one of the chief landmarks of Taipei under Japanese colonial rule. It was built to impress, and especially after an extensive restoration project finished in November, it still does. But while the museum’s core mission of showcasing Taiwan’s people and nature has never changed, its precise aims and the means it uses to showcase Taiwan have. As the museum celebrates its reopening, I’m speaking with assistant museum researcher Lin Yi-hung about the museum’s past and about plans for its future.