While visiting Taichung on Friday I had some spare time in the afternoon to visit the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (國立臺灣美術館). It was a brilliant sunny day in Taichung and the museum looked fantastic surrounded by a nice park. The space of the museum is very open and well designed.
The sculpture in the museum grounds naturally attracts the attention of children. The museum currently has an exhibition the history of Taiwanese art from 1763 to 1969. The various artworks show the development of artistic styles in Taiwan from the Qing period up to the early KMT era.
On Sunday I went to visit the Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology (十三行博物館) in Bali as a class outing for the Culture and Ethnic Structure of Taiwan class in the Taiwan Studies program at NCCU. I visited the museum last year, but it was good to go back again. The architectural design of the museum really is very special. It is worth taking some time to walk around just to appreciate it.
At the museum we were given a sneak preview of the new Paiwan exhibition which opens today. The Paiwan (排灣) live in the mountains of Southern Taiwan. The photo above shows a model of a slate house. You can still see buildings like this in Taiwan today in the Maolin Scenic Area in Kaohsiung County.
Taiwan has so many museums and their standards are often very high. I thought I would mention a few of the museums I have visited. I haven’t written about all of them on this blog. You can find the ones I have written about by checking the museums & galleries category.
There are a number of museums devoted to the culture and history of Taiwan’s indigenous people. These include the Wulai Atayal Museum, the Museum of Saisiat Folklore in Nanzhuang, the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines in Taipei, the National Museum of Prehistory in Taidong as well as the Shihsanhang Museum. I am sure there are probably a few more.
There are also museums that are focused on local history or special topics such as the Ceramics Museum in Yingge, the Tea Museum in Pinglin, the Hot Spring Museum in Beitou, the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum in Dadaocheng and the Hakka Museum in Sanxia.
In Taipei I like to visit Taipei MOCA and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum regularly to check out some of Taiwan’s contemporary art. There are also some art galleries devoted to Buddhist art: the Huafan Cultural Gallery at Huafan University and Fo Guang Yuan, near Songshan Station. The Museum of World Religions is a chance to learn more about religion and also experience excellent modern museum design.
There are frequent displays at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall. The National Museum of History, 228 National Memorial Museum, the Taipei 228 Memorial Museum and National Taiwan Museum are all located not far from each other in Taipei City. And of course this post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the National Palace Museum containing the world’s largest collection of Chinese art and artifacts in the world.
What is your favorite museum in Taiwan? Are there any more you would like to add to this list? Please add your comments.