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December 31‧Announcement
Opening Hours for Chinese Spring Festival
Potted LandscapesThe NMNS and its 3 Parks (921 Earthquake Park @ Wufong, Chelungpu Fault Park @ Chushan, and Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park @ Lugu) will be closed on Chinese New Year's Eve (Feb. 18, 2015), but the Museum's Space Theater, 3D Theater, Science Center, the ticketing exhibition "Birth of the Dinosaurs", and the 3 Parks will be open on Chinese New Year's Day (Feb. 19). We will resume to normal work on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Thank you for your kind attention and wish you a happy Chinese New Year!

December 31‧Film
Forces of Nature & Le Voyage de Noe
Forces of Nature & Le Voyage de NoeThe Museum's IMAX Space Theater and 3D Theater will host new films "Forces of Nature" and "Le Voyage de Noe" beginning on the first day of 2015. "Forces of Nature" showcases the awesome spectacle of earthquakes, volcanoes and severe storms as we follow scientists on their groundbreaking quests to understand how these natural disasters are triggered. After coming face-to-face with Earth's most destructive forces, you can join Noe on his adventure at the Zoo as he explores the wildlife and flora around him.

December 30‧Exhibition
Inspired by Nature: Survival Games of Force and Form
Inspired by Nature: Survival Games of Force and FormTaking inspiration from nature to solve human problems is the idea behind "biomimicry". Developed by the NMNS curators, the new exhibition in the Museum's 3rd exhibition gallery, Inspired by Nature, is a collection of interesting games of force and form. The exhibition looks at the ways in which nature has been an enduring subject for scientists over the centuries. The exhibition will be open through Sunday, Jun. 28, 2015.

December 24‧Exhibition
Potted Landscapes
Potted LandscapesChinese potted landscapes, a special form of art showing the natural landscape in flowerpots with miniature plants and rocks as its basic elements, have been famous for centuries. The Museum presents this potted landscape exhibition in cooperation with Taichung Plants & Rocks Art Association at the Oval Square from Dec. 24, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015. In addition to getting to know how to create a lush and welcoming landscape around the home, you can make it a pastime to introduce bits of nature in pots into their living and working quarters.

December 17‧Exhibition
When the South Wind Blows - the Documentary Photography of Taixi Village
When the South Wind BlowsA documentary photography exhibition "When the South Wind Blows" will be intriguingly hosted by the NMNS in its 2nd exhibition gallery on Friday, Dec. 26. This exhibition shows work by two photographers, Chung Sheng-hsiung and Hsu Cheng-tang, fascinated by the folkways of rural villages in Taiwan. Learn about the real life of Taixi Villagers and their possible fate. Visit our official website for details.

December 12‧Announcement
"Brown Bag" Lunch Area Reopening
"Brown Bag" Lunch Area ReopeningWelcome to have your lunches in our designated "brown bag" area while visiting the Museum. This lunch area is located on the 2nd floor of the Human Cultures Hall and accompanied by expansive views of the museum campus.

December 4‧Announcement
Gallery Closure
Gallery ClosureThe Digital Archives and E-learning Center located near the Museum’s centerpiece, the Palaeoloxodon elephant skeleton, will be closed Dec. 5 to 19 due to refurbishment. Every effort has been made to stagger the closure to ensure the safety and service of our visitors. Please go to our Main Information Center for renting audio guide players or tablet computers. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

November 21‧Announcement
Han Pao-teh Passed Away
Han Pao-tehWe are very sad to announce that our first director Han Pao-teh passed away on Thursday, November 20. Han was part of the Museum for 14 years. He served as the leader of the preparation for the establishment and the first director of the Museum. He contributed an incredible amount of time and expertise to the Museum. His impact on us professionally and personally goes far beyond the field of museum. We have so much to thank him for and we shall miss his wisdom and contribution.

November 14‧Announcement
Distinguished Achievement Award
Distinguished Achievement AwardThe NMNS is pleased to announce the call for the 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award nominations from the Examination Yuan of ROC. The award program was created to recognize government employees and teams for their exemplary contributions in civil service. This year, the Museum is one of the two teams that win the award among 40 competitive teams nationwide.

November 11‧Exhibition
King of Fragrance
King of FragranceCymbidiums have been a part of Chinese culture for many centuries, permeating Chinese history, legends, literature, and art. Confucius (551-479BC) referred them to the "King of Fragrance". The Museum will present "King of Fragrance" cymbidium show at the Botanical Garden tomorrow. This flower show is free with admission to the museum. Do not miss the feast of elegant fragrance!

November 1‧Film
Coral Reef Adventure
Coral Reef AdventureWith a shared passion for discovery and learning, the NMNS once again welcome the public to enjoy one of the world's most awe-inspiring experiences via "Coral Reef Adventure", which explores the islands and sun-drenched waters of the South Pacific. Take a dive without leaving town in this November and December!

October 26‧Announcement
Gallery Closure
Gallery ClosureWe are sorry to announce that the Museum's Collection & Research Gallery is scheduled to close to the public from Monday, October 27 to Sunday, November 30 for refurbishment. Every effort has been made to stagger the closure to ensure the widest possible access for the public.

October 13‧Exhibition
Birth of the Dinosaurs - Egg and Embryo Fossils from China
Birth of the Dinosaurs - Egg and Embryo Fossils from ChinaSucceeded by four grand exhibitions on dinosaurs, the National Museum of Natural Science is presenting a new story of dinosaur eggs and parenting. The new exhibit titled "Birth of the Dinosaurs - Egg and Embryo Fossils from China" opens October 15, 2014 and runs through April 15, 2015 in the 1st exhibition gallery. Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos.

October 7‧Event
Earthquake Disaster Reduction – Bridging Science, Technology, and Communication
Theater ClosureTo mark the 15-year anniversary of 921 Earthquake in 1999 and the 10th anniversary of the 921 Earthquake Education Park’s public opening, the Museum will provide a two-day international symposium named “Earthquake Disaster Reduction – Bridging Science, Technology, and Communication” Nov. 18(Tue) - 19(Wed). The international symposium aims to provide an opportunity to share experiences and lessons of earthquakes, and to facilitate the discussion of strategies and policies to enhance earthquake disaster prevention and reduction.

October 6‧Announcement
"Brown Bag" Lunch Area Closure
Theater ClosureWe are sorry to announce that the "brown bag" lunch area (the original location of Ya-yuan Restaurant) on the 2nd floor of the Museum's Human Cultures Hall will be closed Oct. 7 & 8 and Nov. 18 for international symposiums. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

September 23‧Exhibition
The Sky Guard of Taiwan and the World
The Sky Guard of Taiwan and the WorldTo celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of FORMOSAT-2, the first Earth observation satellite developed in Taiwan, the National Space Organization (NSPO) hosts a series of conferences and exhibitions to let the public know more about its contribution to the nation. This travelling exhibition is part of its celebration events. In addition to the satellite programs of Taiwan and FORMOSAT-2's contribution to the nation, the exhibition also features the satellite's environmental monitoring in Taichung area. The don't-miss exhibition will be on view at the Museum's 3rd exhibition gallery from Sep. 12 to Dec. 7, 2014.

September 22‧Announcement
Gallery Closure
Gallery ClosureThe World of Semiconductor Gallery on the 2nd floor of the Science Center will be closed for refurbishment from Sep. 29 to November 7, 2014. We apologize for any disruption to your visit, and there may be some noisy building work at times.

September 22‧Event
International Symposium
International SymposiumThe NMNS will host an international symposium "A New Look at Science Literacy: The Next Generation" Oct. 7 & 8, which focuses on integrating literacy and science instruction, maximizing student learning in both areas, and affording students enough time to practice crucial communication skills. The two-day symposium will bring together 6 scholars and experts from Taiwan, USA and South Korea, including the Director of Science Education Department of the Museum.

September 16‧Announcement
Gallery Closure
Gallery ClosureWe are sorry to announce that the Exploring Science Gallery on the lower level of Science Center will be closed for refurbishment from Oct. 1, 2014 to Jan. 31, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

September 15‧Event
National Teacher Day Celebration
National Teacher Day CelebrationTeachers are an integral part at the National Museum of Natural Science. In celebration of National Teacher Day on September 28, the Museum is opening its door to all educators, free of charge. The Museum is also inviting educators to the premiere of “The Frogville”. Join us!

August 31‧Film
Journey into Amazing Caves
Theater ClosureJoin two extreme athletes and extreme scientists - Dr. Hazal Barton and Nancy Aulenbach, as they explore unusual caves looking for important clues about the Earth's past and microorganisms that inhabit its most extreme environments. Journey into Amazing Caves will be shown at the Museum’s IMAX Space Theater from Sep. 1 to Oct. 31, 2014.

August 7‧Announcement
Theater Closure
Theater ClosureWe are sorry to announce that the SOS Theater in the atrium of the Global Environment Hall will be closed from August 18 to September 9, 2014 due to upgrading its audio and projection systems, and will resume normal hours on Wednesday, September 10. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

August 6‧Event
Science Images Contest
Science Images ContestBuilding on the success of the 2013 Amazing New Visions: Science Images Exhibition, which consisted of 60 stunning photos, the Museum is preparing for the 2014 exhibition with more photos, and it is hoped to continue running the exhibition every year in the future. Science-loving photographers, join the challenging science images contest! For more information, please contact Ms. Tan Mei-fang by calling at 04-23226940 x 545、754, email at mftan@mail.nmns.edu.tw, or Ms. Wang Xiao-ching 04-23226940 x 232, gurudog@gmail.com.

August 5 Event
Grandparents Day
Grandparents DayNational Grandparents Day 2014 will be August 24. If you are searching for something special to do for this family day, the Museum invites you to join our Zentangle event that day. Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of creating art from drawing repetitive patterns. It is fascinating, fun, and relaxing! The topic of the event is "childhood".
Grandparents, bring your grandchildren! Grandchildren, bring your grandparents! Strengthen your family's bonds and build your creativity with Zentangle. Online registration is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, check our web page or call at 04-23226940 x791.

July 10‧Exhibition
Journey to the Depths of the Earth: A Geological Adventure
Journey to the Depths of the Earth: A Geological AdventureThe land around us has a deep, dynamic history. Geology is something people don't yet know they're interested in. Journey to the Depths of the Earth: A Geological Adventure, which will be presented by the Museum on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, is an opportunity for people in Taichung area to get to know the stories of their land. The exhibition will be shown at the corridor gallery - a pedestrian passageway located on the 2nd floor linking the Global Environment Hall with the Hall of Human Cultures.

July 10‧Exhibition
Story of Water
Story of WaterWater is not only the spring of life and the origin of civilization, but also has a close relationship with the water cycle. The National Museum of Natural Science will open "Story of Water", a new, special exhibition designed to engage the public in a dynamic exploration of water on Friday, July 11, 2014 in the 2nd exhibition gallery and the exhibit areas in front of the 3D Theater.
How do the scientists and engineers who are crazy about water apply their creativities to find water, broaden human horizons and solve water-related problems? What can we do for water in the future? Come on this science-humanity trip of water discovery with us to find out the answer.

July 8‧Exhibition
A New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125
A New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125The National Museum of Natural Science today opens an extraordinary exhibition to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic Society.
Dive into the depths of the oceans, roam distant lands, discover hidden places, climb the Earth's highest peaks and journey hand in hand with the explorers, photographers, scientists and journalists whose discoveries have shaped our understanding of the world.
A New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125 will be open to the public until January 4, 2015. Do not miss these 150 unique photographs!

June 30‧Film
3D Taiwan & Sherlock Holmes 3D
FilmThe Museum's 3D Theater will present the premier of the feature-length documentary 3D Taiwan produced by GENE YOUNG 3D IMAGE CO., LTD and Sherlock Holmes 3D, which is a 4D attraction film aimed at visitors attractions such as theme parks and museums, on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The two films are informative, humorous, fast-paced, and entertaining. For more information about the films and the histories behind them, visit the movies' websites.

June 20‧Exhibition
A New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125
A New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125The National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C., on the night of January 13, 1888. Since then, this unique scientific and educational institution has been a media for the dissemination of information, and a supporter of missions. Bringing together storytellers, scientists and explorers, it has supported numerous epic adventures and expeditions, always at the forefront for the advancement of science, technology and knowledge in the 125 years since its birth. On display at the exhibition, “A New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125”, are 150 images that represent important moments in the Society‘s history, organized into eight themes: organized into eight themes: “A Photographic History”; “Into the Unknown”; “Wild Lives of Wildlife”; “Violent Earth”; “Peoples and Cultures”; “Science of the Times”; “Simply Beautiful”; and “Remembering Taiwan”.

June 9‧Announcement
Science Learning Center
Plant GallsThe Museum's Science Learning Center starts up its service to the public on June 12, 2014, which is established to promote 12-year compulsory education of the country. The Center provides a revolutionary platform for teachers in junior high schools, which makes lesson planning more efficient and lesson delivery more dynamic. Junior high teachers are cordially invited to attend our summer learning camps. Visit http://activity.nmns.edu.tw/SLC/index.htm for details and http://apply.nmns.edu.tw/public/activity/320/actAbbr.asp for registration.

June 2‧Announcement
Gallery Closure
the Age of Dinosaurs galleryDue to maintenance of the four animatronic dinosaurs, the Age of Dinosaurs gallery in the Life Science Hall will be closed to the public from Tuesday, June 3 to Saturday June 7, 2014. Every effort has been made to stagger the closure to ensure the widest possible access for the public. The other galleries are not affected.

May 29‧Announcement
Museum Summer Hours
Ends of the Earth: the North and South PolesIt is no secret the National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung is one of the best places in the country to visit. The Museum and its three branches (921 Earthquake Education Park, Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park and Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park) will open 9am - 5pm every day, July 1 - August 31. Make the most of your summer vacation! Join us!

May 15‧Event
Summer Science Camp
International Museum DayThe National Museum of Natural Science has being taken an active role in cross-strait cooperation and exchange. In addition to two summer science camps for middle school and high school students in Zhejiang, the Museum, in cooperation with the Museum's Culture & Education Foundation and Beijing Museum of Natural History, offers a camp for middle school students in Beijing. Similarly, this program provides academic enrichment and the opportunity to meet Chinese students with similar interests and abilities. Program participants live in supervised housing and taught by the two museums' instructors. Academically talented and motivated middle school students will find the program fun, challenging and rewarding.

  • Date: July 22 - 31, 2014
  • Visiting Places: museums and ecological parks in Beijing and Inner Mongolia
  • Fee: NT$ 46,500 (passport, visa, Taiwan Compatriot passport excluded)
  • Registration starts on May 14, 2014.
  • For more information, please call Mr. Chang Hong-chang or Chen Wei-shu at 04-23226940 ext. 353.

May 14‧Exhibition
Ends of the Earth: the North and South Poles
Ends of the Earth: the North and South PolesClimate change is already beginning to transform life on Earth. The National Museum of Natural Science breaks new ground this May as it hosts the exciting exhibition 'Ends of the Earth: the North and South Poles'. This special limited engagement exhibit opens on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, and runs through Sunday, September 14. The exhibit, designed specifically for families with children or schools with students, explores the amazing but changing world of Polar Regions through fascinating ways.

April 26‧Announcement
International Museum Day
International Museum DaySunday, May 18 is the International Museum Day of 2014. The 2014 theme "Museum collections make connections" aims at renovating traditional methods of engagement adopted by museums in order to remain relevant to their stakeholders. To focus attention, the National Museum of Natural Science will offer free admission to its galleries (ticketing exhibition excluded), Science Center, Conservatory, and three Parks (921 Earthquake Park @ Wufong, Chelungpu Park @ Chushan & Fonghuanggu Park @ Lugu). Join us!

April 25‧Film
Theater Reopening
Theater ReopeningThe Bird's-Eye View Theater located on the ground floor of the Global Environment Hall is now open again following a half-year major restoration project. Four films including A Journey Back Home, Dancing Constellations, Earth from Space, and Evolution of the Moon are showing. Catch a flick on the unique screen in the world!

April 22‧Announcement
New 'Brown Bag' Lunch Area
New 'Brown Bag' Lunch AreaFood of any type is not permitted in the Museum galleries. A new 'brown bag' lunch area is temporarily provided for use by visitors on the 2nd floor of the Museum's Human Cultures Hall (the original location of Ya-yuan Restaurant). 11am - 2pm; Tuesdays - Fridays.

April 14‧Announcement
Theater Closure
The Museum's Classroom Theater on the ground floor of the Global Environment Hall will be closed April 15-30 for safety review. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

April 10‧Exhibition
Granary Jewelry Taiwanese Quinoa
Taiwanese QuinoaTaiwanese Quinoa, known as "djulis", is a native cereal plant in Taiwan. Its uses and nutritional value has drawn more and more attention. The National Museum of Natural Science presents Granary Jewelry Taiwanese Quinoa exhibition in partnership with Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection, R.O.C. and National Pingtung University of Science & Technology to introduce the ruby of cereals. The exhibition will be shown in the Botanical Garden's gallery from April 10 through June 15.

April 8‧Event
Summer Science Camps
Flower SeasonFor most students in Taiwan, summer represents a unique opportunity to explore what they truly love doing. In partnership with Zhejiang Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of Natural Science offers two science camps for high school and middle school students. The programs provide academic enrichment and the opportunity to meet Chinese students with similar interests and abilities. Program participants live in supervised housing and taught by the two museums' instructors. Academically talented and motivated school students will find the program fun, challenging and rewarding.

    Camp for Middle School Student
  • Date: July 9-18
  • Visiting Places: Hang-jhou, Tunglu, Thousand-island Lake, Shau-hsing, Hsing-chang, Ningpo, and Shanghai
  • Fee: NT$ 40,000 (passport, visa, Taiwan Compatriot passport excluded)
  • Registration starts at 10am, April 15.
    Camp for High School Student
  • Date: July 7-16
  • Visiting Places: Fu-jhou, Wuyi Mountains, Chiaun-jhou, Shamen, and Kinmen
  • Fee: NT$ 30,000 (passport, visa, Taiwan Compatriot passport excluded)
  • Registration starts at 10am, April 15.

April 1‧Event
Celebration of Children's Day with Balloon Games
Celebration of Children's Day with Balloon GamesKids of all ages love bright and colorful balloons. They are a cheap and cheerful way to keep kids occupied for hours. An activity of breaking through barricades with balloons will take place at the National Museum of Natural Science. Join us to celebrate Children's Day with your children!

  • Date: Friday, Saturday, Sunday; April 4, 5, 6, 2014
  • Time: 10-12am, 1:30-3:30pm
  • Entry: FREE
  • Registration: Main Information Center

March 18‧Announcement
Science Center & Theater Reopening
Science Center & Theater ReopeningThe Museum's Science Center with its IMAX Space Theater will open again tomorrow (March 19) following a major restoration project. Join us to know more about modern science, and enjoy giant-screen IMAX films about Sir Ernest Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic expedition and the awe-inspiring world of a group of reptiles who ruled the skies 220 million years ago.

March 17‧Event
Halley and Newton - from Dark to Light
Halley and NewtonOne of the most famous and consequential meeting in the history of science took place in the summer of 1684 when the handsome young astronomer Edmond Halley paid a visit to Isaac Newton at Cambridge. In partnership with Graduate Institute of Astrophysics, NTU, the National Museum of Natural Science will present a light-hearted drama about the story between Newton and Halley at the outdoor Fulfillment Amphitheatre. Come to explore the physics history of turning the universe inside-out, and enjoy the music and scenery.

  • Location: Fulfillment Amphitheater, Taichung
  • Date & Time: Apr. 19 & 20; 7-9pm
  • Fee: Free; no booking
  • Entry Time: 6:30-7pm
  • Suggestive Carried Item: jacket, raincoat (no umbrella)
  • Transportation Information for Theatre

March 16‧Event
Firefly Tours
Firefly ToursTo expand our people's understanding about ecological environment and respond to Lugu's Firefly Festival, Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park @ Lugu - one of the Museum's branches - is going to host 7 firefly tours. This is a family-oriented activity. Families, especially firefly lovers, are welcome to register. Within the limit of 315 participants (45 /per tour), registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • Location: Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park @ Lugu
  • Date: Apr. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 and May 1
  • Fee: NT$ 300 (insurance, ticket, dinner & DIY material included)
  • Transportation: drive your own vehicle (Route to the Park)
  • Carried items: tableware, raincoat, jacket, pants, sneakers
  • For more information, please call 049-2753100 ext. 105, fax 049-2753106, email acc@mail.nmns.edu.tw or check our website frequently.

March 15‧Announcement
Children's Day
Children's DayIn celebration of the annual Children's Day, the National Museum of Natural Science, including its three parks (921 Earthquake Education Park @ Wufong, Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park @ Chushan, and Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park @ Lugu), will offer free admission for children under the age of 12 (ticketing exhibition excluded) on April 4. Children with member card can tell our Main Information Center and receive 500 points. Join us to enjoy a full day of fun!

March 10‧Exhibition
Alice's Games
Alice's Games'Alice's Adventure in Wonderland', a classic story lasting popularity with adults as well as children, is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. Now, the little fearless, outspoken girl is coming to the National Museum of Natural Science. Alice's Game exhibition is based on the plot and characters in the story. It is about putting three things together: literature, science, and entertainment. Visitors will enjoy the exhibition, literature, games, and more.

February 26 Exhibition
Sunshine Moving Elementary School
Sunshine Moving Elementary SchoolA traveling exhibition titled 'Sunshine Moving Elementary School', presented by the National Museum of Natural Science in partnership with DELTA Electronics Foundation, will be showcased at the Museum's plaza on Shi-tun Road from Feb. 27 through Apr. 9, 2014. The exhibition will inspire people of every age to be part of green revolution with the example of Ming-chuan Elementary School in Namahsia District, Kaohsiung City.

February 11‧Announcement
Gallery Closure
Restaurant ClosurePart of the Museum's Human Cultures Hall is closed following a safety review. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

  • Chinese Medicine Gallery closed Feb. 11 - 16, 2014.
  • Part of Chinese Science & Technology Gallery closed Feb. 13 - 23, 2014.

February 6‧Event
Taiwan Lantern Festival
Restaurant ClosureThe Chinese New Year holiday season traditionally ends with the Lantern Festival. Here in Taiwan, the biggest event to celebrate the occasion is the Taiwan Lantern Festival, which is staged by a different selected city or county each year. Nantou County is the host this year, and the festival grounds are in Chung-hsing New Village north of Nantou. The Museum's two parks in Nantou ─ Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park and Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park ─ also take part in the big event with the lanterns of a phoenix (pronounced 'fonghuang' in Chinese) and a big egg shell (the shape of the featured building of Chelungpu Park) to indicate the location of Fonghuanggu Park and the birth of Chelungpu Park. The lantern display will last till Feb. 23, 2014. Join us in the north exhibition area. There are more and more for you to explore!

  • One-day itinerary recommended:
    921 EarthquakeEducation Park @ Wufong → Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park @ Chusan → Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park @ Lugu → Taiwan Lantern Festival @ Chunghsing New Village, Nantou
  • Two-day itinerary recommended:
    The 1st day: National Museum of Natural Science @ Taichung → 921 Earthquake Education Park @ Wufong; The 2nd day: Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park @ Chusan → Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park @ Lugu → Taiwan Lantern Festival @ Chunghsing New Village, Nantou

January 29‧Announcement
Special Hours for Winter Vacation and Chinese Spring Festival
Special Hours for Winter Vacation and Chinese Spring FestivalChinese New Year (also called Chinese Spring Festival) is almost here! You can plan your holidays better. Fitting in some time at Taichung's National Museum of Natural Science and its three parks is a great idea. The NMNS and its three parks (921 Earthquake Education Park at Wufong, Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park at Chushan, and Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park at Lugu) will extend hours and even open on Mondays.

  • January 20 to February 10: 9am - 5pm; daily (except Chinese New Year holidays)
  • Closed on the Chinese New Year's Eve (Jan. 30)
  • Closed on Chinese New Year's Day (except Museum's theaters, 3 parks, Main Visitor Center, shops, cafes and the Science of Aliens exhibition)

January 19‧Announcement
Naturalist Center Closure
Naturalist Center ClosureThe Museum's Naturalist Center will be closed for the preparation work of the upcoming events related to special exhibition 'DNA Files: Decoding Natural History' as follows:

  • Monday, Jan. 20; whole day
  • Wednesday, Jan. 22; 9am-1pm
  • Thursday, Jan. 23; 1pm-5pm
  • Friday, Jan. 24; 9am-1pm

January 19‧Announcement
Discovery Room Closure
Discovery RoomThe Children's Discovery Room at the Museum's Science Center will be closed in the mornings of Jan. 21-24 for children's events. Visiting starts at 12:30. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

January 17‧Announcement
Restaurant Closure
Restaurant ClosureYa-yuan restaurant & Hwa-tsa cafe vacated their current location on the 2nd floor of the Museum's Human Cultures Hall when their leases expired on January 16, 2014. We are exploring all options for Chinese food. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

January 14‧Event
Writing Forum about Nature
ClosureVisitors to the Film Festival of Wildlife Documentaries, which opened at the National Museum of Natural Science on Sunday, July 15, 2012 with sponsorship from the WildView Taiwan Nature Communication Society, will have the opportunity of attending a forum about Nature. The Museum, again in collaboration with the Society and the Endemic Species Research Institute, gets ready for the writing forum. Nature, science and writing lovers are welcome to join us. For this event with registration on a first come first served basis, reservations are strongly recommended. For further details, please call us at 04-23226940 ext. 791 or 248, or email us to fen@mail.nmns.edu.tw.

  • Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014
  • Time: 9am - 5:30pm
  • Venus: Museum's Blue Conference Room

January 10‧Exhibition
Herbs
HerbsA way from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city is the Museum’s Botanical Garden. Here in the Garden’s gallery we launch a special exhibition about herbs - one of the Chinese valuable heritages. This compelling herb show, showcasing over 120 species of herbal plants including some rare ones, demonstrates the evolving role plants have played in medicine and history since antiquity. In addition to species cultivated by the Museum’s botanists, some of these beautiful herbals have been selected from the incomparable collections of Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, the largest agronomic and horticultural institute in Taiwan. This not-to-be-missed herbal show will surely make your day!

January 9‧Announcement
Science Center & Theater Closure
ClosureFrom Monday, February 14 ~ Sunday, March 30, 2014 the Museum’s Science Center with its IMAX Space Theater will be closed for replacement of the air conditioning system. At closing time, visitors with tickets to the galleries or 3D Theater have free admission to the Botanical Garden. We apologize for any inconvenience.

January 4‧Exhibition
Amazing New Visions: Science Images Exhibition
Microscopic World Gallery ReopeningTaking a camera, shooting a picture is an easy deal. But what about going further? What about using the pictures to discover science? The National Museum of Natural Science launches Amazing New Visions: Science Images Exhibition on Sunday, January 4, 2014 to show the winning pictures of the previous science photo contest. Join us to share the scientific discoveries which are portrayed in series of coooooool artistic pictures!

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