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A Brief History of the National Museum of Natural Science

At the turn of the 1977s, our government focused on building the Twelve Major Construction Projects to improve the quality of life on the island. The scope of the plan included establishing and maintaining a modern science museum for the people, for education and science.


The Planning Office was set up at Chung Hsing University, Taichung. Professor Han Pao-teh, a dedicated and knowledgeable artist with special expertise in architecture, is first curator. Under Han's leadership, less than 20 staff members strived to complete the first phase of the Museum to house its 312 items in this humble temporary office.

Professor Han Pao-tehPlanning Office at Chung Hsing University


The first phase of Science Center, Space IMAX Theater, Administration Building, and outdoor grounds completed and opened on the New Year's Day along with the unveiling of the Museum logo. Mr. Han was the first director.

Phase I Constructed

Museum Logo

Opening Day


A visitor center in Taipei opened in July.
The second phase of Life Science Hall was laid out in August.

Phase II Constructed

Life Science Hall


The third phase of Chinese Science Hall (now the Human Cultures Hall) and the fourth phase of Global Environment Hall including Bird's-Eye View Theater, Environment Theater and 3D Theater dedicated. The staff number has grown from 80 to 120, and the specimen from 12,773 to 374,470.

Phase III & IV Constructed

Oval Plaza


Collections in electronic formats launched.


Outreach programs began.


Botanical Park (Now Botanical Garden) completed.
The library's online catalogue launched.

Conservatory Constructed

Botanical Park



Free e-newsletters issued.

Museum E-Newsletter


921 Earthquake Museum became a division of the Museum.
Lilium speciosum (local name: showy lily) was relocated successfully by the Museum's curators, and dominated as the Museum mascot flower.
The Botanical Park was changed to its present title "Botanical Garden".

Chelungpu Fault

Mascot Flower

Botanical Garden


CoCo and BoBo the Museum mascots were born on January 1 and have now become a very popular addition to the Museum.




The first phase of the Earthquake Museum including Galleries of Fault and Image opened.
The renovated gallery of Age of Dinosaurs reopened to the public in August.

Gallery of Fault

Gallery of Image

Gallery of Age of Dinosaurs


Opening on May 17, the Journey of Human Life, a new permanent exhibit gallery in the Life Science Hall, added to the Museum's richness.

Journey of Human Life


The extension of the 921 Earthquake Museum was completed and opened to the public on September 21.
Chinese Science Hall was renovated to include more and new collections and renamed to Human Cultures Hall in November.

Disaster Prevention

Old Chinese Agriculture

Oceania Gallery


In April, the original Gallery of Astronomy & Climate was completely renovated to Gallery of "Legends of the Universe", which deepened visitors’ understanding of our dynamic universe.
A new exhibition on optoelectronics "DaDa's Magic World" opened to the public and added more attraction to the Science Exploring Gallery in October.

Dada's Magic World

Legends of the Universe


"The World of Semiconductor" renovated from the original Integrated Circuits gallery was opened to the public on February 23.

Integrated Circuits

The World of Semiconductor


Administration Center of Natural Science Education Parks was set up on Jan. 1.

Fonghuanggu Bird and Ecology Park was officially merged with the Museum on Jan. 1.

Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park opened to the public for testing operations on Jan. 30, and opened to the public for regular operation on May 1.

The Museum's structure was reformed to six departments (Biology, Geology, Anthropology, Science Education, Exhibits, and Operations, Collection & Information), four offices (Secretariat, Personnel, Accounting, and Government Ethics) and one center (Administration Center of Natural Science Education Parks).

The Microscopic World gallery reopened on Dec. 27 following a major renovation.

Unveiling Ceremony of Fonghuanggu Park

Opening Ceremony of Chelungpu Park

Microscopic World Before Renovation

Microscopic World After Renovation


The Museum reformed the original Sunshine Information Desk into the Digital Archives & E-Learning Center, where visitors could explore science in more depth and experience a wide range of sessions.

The Science Learning Center started up its service to the public on June 12, which was established to promote 12-year compulsory education of the country.

The Museum received the 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award for its exemplary contributions in civil service.

Digital Archives & E-Learning Center

Science Learning Center

Distinguish Achievement Award


After three months of renovation, IMAX Space Theater reopened on July 1 with a new digital upgrading project.

The Museum officially started its Online Collection on Saturday, August 1.

The Museum announced its 30th anniversary and launched a year-long series of public programs and activities.

IMAX Theater

NMNS Online Collection

NMNS at 30



The National Museum of Natural Science, a landmark of the central part of Taiwan and the third most popular resort in Taiwan (less than Taipei Zoo & National Palace Museum), welcomes more than 3 million visitors each year, 65% of which are school children. With the Science Center offering an interactive exhibit of hands-on science experiments, four Halls comprising over 650 thousand objects and specimens, the Space IMAX Theater, Botanical Garden, 921 Earthquake Education Park, Fonghuanggu Bird and Ecology Park, Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park, and sophisticated touring exhibitions throughout the year, the Museum always offers something for everyone.
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