Camellias Display in Spring
Chinese New Year is just around the corner. In Chinese culture, Camellias are seen as lucky symbols for the Chinese New Year. They were even used as offerings to the gods during the Chinese New Year. The Museum's Botanical Garden presents the Camellias show on Tuesday, December 31 under the garden canopy. Join us to enjoy a spring smell in the cold winter!
Microscopic World Gallery Reopening
The Museum’s Microscopic World gallery in the Global Environment Hall reopened on Friday, Dec. 27 after a major renovation that lasted more than one year. The renewed gallery designed for active learning is now magnificently transformed and expanded with more exhibition space.
A new 3D animated film named 'Robin Hood' is scheduled for release on New Year's Day at the Museum's 3D Theater. The film is clearly aimed at a family audience, with children sure to enjoy the fascinating story and experiencing the special 3D effect.
The Legend of Sarila
Quebec makes the successful foray into the world of digital 3D animation with this Inuit-inspired tale of the life-changing adventures of three teenagers in a far North ravaged by famine. Join us for the much-talked-about Canadian 3D animated film The Legend of Sarila. The film is scheduled for release on Jan. 1, 2014 in the Museum's 3D Theater.
Shackleton's Antarctic adventure
Sir Ernest Shackleton's expedition became trapped in the Antarctic during the winter of 1915. Head for the IMAX Space Theater at the National Museum of Natural Science to see some of the animals that reside in the Southern Ocean that Shackleton and his crew were trapped in.
Extended Garden Hours
On certain dates, the Museum's Botanical Garden will be open until 6pm to accommodate visitors during the winter vacation.
- January 25/26; February 1/2/8/9/15/16
DNA Files: Decoding Natural History
The National Museum of Natural Science has embarked on a mission of discovering the diversity of living things. As you know, the evolution of species is dependent on changes in genome of the species. The Museum presents "DNA Files: Decoding Natural History" exhibition, which runs from December 11, 2013 through April 13, 2014, to reveal the secret relationships between living organisms and explain how each affects genetic variation.
The Science of Aliens
Aliens are landing Taiwan and now invading the National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung! The special exhibition named 'The Science of Aliens' is open now at the Museum's 4th exhibition gallery. Join us to enter the weird creature's world.
On November 22, the Museum's Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park at Chushan will host an international seminar of the topic “Inspecting the earthquakes ─ past, present, and future ─ from the viewpoint of the Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park”. The Park will be therefore closed for one day. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Goodness Gracious! Comet ISON opens at the National Museum of Natural Science October 25, just before the "Comet of the Century" is visible from Earth. With the excitement of Comet ISON, appearing in late November, you can learn a complex array of questions about comets in this exhibition.
The Microscopic World gallery in the Global Environment Hall is currently closed for refurbishment and is scheduled to reopen December 26, 2013. Please check back soon our information. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Our Bird's Eye View Theater in the Global Environment Hall is currently closed due to renovation of digital projectors. The theater is scheduled to reopen to the public on April 24, 2014. Please watch our website for information about the renovations and look forward to its reopening. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The Science of Aliens
The National Museum of Natural Science will invite you to explore the facts and challenge the fiction at the The Science of Aliens exhibition!
The Science of Aliens is scheduled to open in the Museum's 4th exhibition gallery on November 2. Please look forward to entering the weird creature's world.
Anniversary of DaDa's Magic World
To mark its 4th anniversary, the DaDa's Magic World, the Museum's permanent exhibition dedicated to create awareness about optronics, invites visitors of all ages on October 12, 13, 19 & 20 (Saturdays & Sundays; 1:30pm & 3:30pm) to participate in a optoelectronics tournament. Winners will receive a fine gift. Gifts are available on a first come first served basis.
Who doesn't love to do something free? The Museum will offer free access to its 3 exhibition galleries and Science Center for young people aged fewer than 18 during the holidays in October (Oct. 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27). Free admission is only offered to groups of at least 3 or more. The benefit is also available for young visitors accompanied by one adult with admission tickets.
‧Visitors should come prepared with valid ID.
‧Please confirm days/places/ages to avoid disappointment.
The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon festival is on its way. In collaboration with Environmental Protection Administration and Taichung City Government, the National Museum of Natural Science will host an evening program with diverse and interesting activities to celebrate this festival. Join us!
We are sorry to announce that the Bird's Eye View Theater at the Global Environment Hall will be closed from Monday, September 30, 2013 to Monday, March 31, 2014 due to the renovation of digital projectors. Please watch our website for information about the renovations and look forward to the theater's reopening.
The Museum's Botanical Garden sparkles with new imagination! Every evening, the Tropical Rainforest Conservatory brightens the Garden with high-color LED light on the surface of its dome from 7pm to 9:30pm. Also, experience sensory weekend nights with music and light shows every 30 minutes from 7:30pm to 9pm.
From Dragon to Beast
From Dragon to Beast - the enchanting exhibition that features both the extinction of Mesozoic dragons and the radiation of Cenozoic mammals under the Losess Plateau - will be closed on Monday, September 23. Do not miss the chance to catch the last glimpse of the precious fossils from Gansu, China and the demonstration of the circle of life on the planet earth.
The gallery at the Museum's Botanical Garden will be closed from September 3 to 26 for an upcoming Cymbidium orchid show. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Hope you will come visit us to enjoy the celebrity orchid, which has retained its status for thousands of years since the time of ancient China.
National Grandparents Day will be August 25. The NMNS will host its annual event to celebrate it from August 17 to 25. Join us!
Naturalist Center Closure
The Museum’s Naturalist Center will be closed for science drawing activity on Sunday, July 21. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Discovery Room Closure
The Children’s Discovery Room in the Science Center will be closed for activities in the mornings of Tuesdays – Fridays, July 11 to August 21, and in the Saturday mornings of August 17 & 31, and September 14 & 28. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Discovery Room Closure
The Children's Discovery Room in the Science Center will be closed for summer activities in the mornings of Tuesdays - Fridays, July 11 to August 21. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Large Medicinal Fungi
The first major exhibition in Taiwan to focus on the fascinating and diverse world of large medicinal fungi and their relationship with humans and the planet will be on display at the Museum's 3rd exhibition gallery on July 26, 2013. Prepare to be shocked and surprised at hidden secrets from another kingdom.
From July 1 – December 2, 2013 the Microscopic World gallery in the Global Environment Hall will be closed for refurbishment. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Extended Summer Days and Hours
Looking for this summer fun? The Museum remains open every day in July and August (921 Earthquake Education Park and Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park excluded). Experience sensory weekend nights with music playing by National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra at the Museum’s Botanical Garden. Plus, there’re laser shows that splashes brilliant high-color LED light on the surface of the Conservatory’s dome every 30 minutes from 7:30pm to 9pm.
Take full advantage of the Museum, and if you’ve got any touristy visitors coming this summer, be sure to let them know!
Flying Monsters, the first 3D film ever to be awarded a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), will come to the Museum July 1, 2013. Flying Monsters is a natural history documentary about the pterosaurs. Have an entertaining and educative summer and gain new insight into one of the greatest mysteries in paleontology.
The National Museum of Natural Science provides a wide range of summer programs for youth ages 5 to 18. Programs combine science, art, and literature in ways that encourage kids to actively discover and examine concepts for themselves. Our staff strives to inspire a life-long passion for learning and teaches kids creative problem solving skills, teamwork skills, persistence and follow through. We also offer family classes that provide opportunities for adults and young people to learn together. Search the class and camp catalog.
Discovery Room Closure
The Children's Discovery Room at the Museum's Science Center will be closed Saturday, June 8 from 9am - 12am for "Travel with CoCo" activity. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Naturalist Center Closure
We are sorry to announce that the Naturalist Center will be closed on May 28, 30 & June 5, 16, 9am-12am, and June 16, 1pm-5pm due to activities for students with disabilities. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Trick Art: Workplace Safety
The ancient art of trompe l'oeil (deceive the eye) has been brought to the National Museum of Natural Science. Trick Art: Workplace Safety will be on display at the Museum from May 22 to October 13, 2013. It is the first trick art exhibition about workplace safety in the world. Come and witness the combination of science and art.
Chinese Duanwu Festival
On Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2, 2013, the National Museum of Natural Science will offer free activities of sachets making to celebrate the Chinese Duanwu Festival and respond to the “Acupuncture and Moxibustion” exhibition. MORE
On May 17,18 & 19 from 6pm-9pm, get ready for a cool night with Daxiatitan binglingi Qiaowanlong kangxii, and Huanghetitan liujiaxiaensis at the Museum's Oval Plaza. This event is strongly recommended for those who are interested in evolution and life aesthetics. Click here for details.
Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 12 and for those who are looking for something to do with mom, the National Museum of Natural Science is a great place to take moms and children. The Museum and its branches are having “Mother's Day Special”.
‧Parents with children will enjoy a discount day at the National
Museum of Natural Science.
‧Free admission will be offered to moms at the three branches: 921
Earthquake Education Museum, Fonghuanggu Ecology Education
Park, and Chelungpu Fault Preservation Education Park.
International Museum Day
Saturday, May 18 is the International Museum Day of 2013. Join the global celebration of museums and visit the National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung during the month of May! Click here for details.
Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park
From May 1st on, the Museum's new branch ─ Chelungpu Fault Park at Chu-shan is open for regular operations Tuesdays-Sundays from 9am-5pm.
Pre-opening Period of Chelungpu Fault Park Over
The pre-opening period of our Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park at Chu-shan will be over on April 30th. From May 1st on, free admission to the Park is not available any more. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
‧Opening hours: 9am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday
‧The Park is closed Mondays & Chinese New Year’s Eve
From Dragon to Beast - Extinction and Radiation
From Dragon to Beast running from March 29 through September 22, 2013 at the Museum's 1st gallery is a token to the evolution. The exhibition which features precious fossils from Gansu, China has been a major success with kids and adults alike. Combine the must-see with ideas from science. Add a little of your own imagination ─ and visit the exhibition in person!
To expand our people's understanding about ecological environment and respond to Lugu's Firefly Festival, the Museum hosts a series of firefly tours at Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park. The tour should appeal to firefly lovers.
The Botanical Garden of the National Museum of Natural Science is pleased to host a bromeliads exhibition. Hundreds of fascinating horticultural bromeliads are on display in the Garden's special exhibition gallery from March 7 to June 16, 2013. Do not miss the opportunity of looking at a variety of this Taiwanese festival flower for Lunar New Year season.
Insect Ecology Tour
Join an insect ecology tour at the Museum's Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park in Nantou, and select 10 sites that are perfect for your 2013 firefly tours in Taiwan, which is held by Endemic Species Institute.
Our Oceania Gallery is reopened after one-week glass reconstruction. Welcome to the gallery to explore Oceania's millennia history and its remarkable geographic and cultural diversity through 249 artifacts.
The Museum's opening time during the Chinese New Year's holidays is as follows:
- Saturday, February 9
The whole museum is closed on New Year’s Eve, including Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park, 921 Earthquake Education Park, and Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park.
- Sunday, February 10
Open: The Museum’s Space Theater, 3D Theater, Science Center, the Main Visitor Center, special exhibition “Robot Story”, and shops at Science Center,
Life Science Hall, and Human Cultures Hall; Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park; Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park
Closed: The Museum’s galleries and 921 Earthquake Education Park
- Monday, February 11
The whole museum including 921 Earthquake Education Park, Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park, and Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park is open with regular hours.
Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park
The Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park at Chu-shan, Nantou, a division of the National Museum of Natural Science, grandly opens to the public Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.
- Opening hours: 9am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday
- The Park is closed Mondays & Chinese New Year’s Eve
- Admission is FREE during the testing period (Jan.30 – Apr.30, 2013)
- Visit the Park’s Chinese website for details.
From Dragon to Beast – Extinction and Radiation
A grand special exhibition “From Dragon to Beast – Extinction and Radiation” will open on March 29 at the Museum. Early bird tickets are available for sale from Jan. 22 to Mar. 28, 2013.
Benefits of early bird tickets are as follows:
‧Discount of 40% off (NT$150) for adult tickets.
‧Buy one, get one free.
‧A gift from the Museum.
‧Discount of 10% off at the Museum’s shops.
Taiwan is well noted for tea production. A special exhibition about Taiwan tea is opening at the Museum. Come to get a better understanding about the most widely consumed beverage in the world.
Digital Archives & E-Learning Center
To expand the sustainability of Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program, the National Museum of Natural Science reforms the original Sunshine Information Desk in the lobby of Life Science Hall into the Digital Archives & E-Learning Center, where visitors are able to explore science in more depth.
Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World
A new 3D film “Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World” is showing at our IMAX Space Theater. Experience a wonderful adventure from the dinosaur age, immerse yourself in a lost age, and see science come alive in an entertaining way!
Administration Center of Natural Science Education Parks
Due to the Museum’s structural reform, a new Administration Center of Natural Science Education Parks is set up on January 1, 2013, managing facilities including 921 Earthquake Education Park, Fonghuanggu Bird and Ecology Park, and Chelungpu Fault Park (scheduled to open Jan. 30). These three natural science education parks are/or will be jewels in central Taiwan’s natural scientific crown, attracting thousands of visitors every year from across the island.