Story of Water
The 2nd Exhibition Gallery, Global Environment Hall
July 11 - November 23, 2014
Want a living planet? Just add water.
Water (H2O) is often perceived to be ordinary as it is transparent, odorless, tasteless and ubiquitous. In fact, water is not only the spring of life but also the origin of civilization. With two thirds of the earth's surface covered by water and the human body consisting of 71 percent of it, it is evidently clear that water is one of the prime elements responsible for life on earth. Also, civilization has historically flourished around rivers and major waterways.
In collaboration with National Taiwan Science Education Center in Taipei, the Museum opens Story of Water, a new temporary exhibition designed to engage the public in a dynamic exploration of this natural heritage. The exhibition, a celebration of the power and wonder of this life-giving substance and a call to each of us to become stewards of our blue planet,
Kids Operating Wheels
builds on three themes: water science, water civilization, and water future. As a dramatic sensory and educational experience for visitors of all ages, Story of Water uses cutting-edge technologies, multimedia installations, hands-on exhibits, and cultural artifacts to illuminate the indispensable role water plays in our lives and the urgent need to protect it.
Kids Learning by Experiment
"Water is essential to life on Earth. There's no life on Earth without water," said Museum Deputy Director Chou Wen-hao at the exhibition reception. "But most of us take water for granted," continued Chou, "It is hoped that this exhibition will help our people become more conscious of the importance of water supply and water conservation."
Co-curator Dr. Chu Nan-Hsian, Director of National Taiwan Science Education Center, added "Story of Water is the first special exhibition curated and organized by the NTSEC. We are honored to present our first major exhibition at the National Museum of Natural Science. We all hope that more visitors will be attracted to this educational and entertaining exhibition."
This engaging exhibition is presented through storytelling to examine water from a scientific, environmental and cultural perspective, ranging from the components, the cycle to the relationship between human and water.
Employing a variety of dramatic techniques including a story house, an art gallery, interactive technology, touchable displays, and videos, the exhibition gives visitors a firsthand experience of water issues. The exhibition also features a water park in which visitors will learn about the three main kinds of waterwheels: horizontal waterwheels, overshot vertical waterwheel, and undershot vertical waterwheel. In addition to operating these wheels in person, visitors are able to explore the history of the important source of energy in ancient eastern and western civilizations.
Come visit the extraordinary exhibition and leave understanding the vital importance of water to our world and feel empowered to protect and preserve every last drop!
Story of Water, supervised by Ministry of Education, R.O.C., is organized by the National Museum of Natural Science in collaboration with National Taiwan Science Education Center.
Generous support is provided by National Taiwan Museum, Bureau of France in Taipei, Alliance France in Taiwan, and Guandu Nature Park.