NMNS at 30
The 2nd Exhibition Gallery, Human Cultures Hall
Along the Corridor, 2nd Floor, Oval Plaza
January 1 – November 6, 2016
Even if you can’t afford to travel the world, you can take your children to the museum.
– Kimora Lee Simmons –
The National Museum of Natural Science is excited to celebrate its 30th anniversary on January 1, 2016. Created in 1986 as one of the Twelve Major Construction Projects of the government, the Museum has since gone on to become one of the most highly frequented and appreciated attractions in Taiwan.
To mark the occasion, the Museum is presenting a special exhibition which tells the Museum’s past, present, and future, a retrospective exhibition that characterizes the growth the Museum in the past 30 years, and an archive film to document the Museum’s development.
The NMNS Story, which opens on Friday, January 1 in the Museum’s 2nd gallery, is an exhibition about the Museum’s general history. It tells the fascinating story of the NMNS from its very beginning in the temporary planning office at Chung-hsing University in 1981 to the merging or establishment of its three Parks (921 Earthquake Park @ Wufong, Fonghuanggu Ecology Park @ Lugu, and Chelungpu Fault Park @ Chushan) in 2002 and 2013. It also features the Museum’s core functions of collection, research, exhibit, and education. Thirty objects selected from the Museum’s geological, anthropological, and biological collections are showcased, including samples of moon rock brought back by Apollo 11, eggs of the elephant bird (Aepyornis maximus), and a specimen of the leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis). Along the corridor on the 2nd floor of the Oval Plaza, a self-guided retrospective exhibition Sound, Images and Memory presents a narrative history of the Museum. There is a massive range of impressive audiovisual material to grab your attention, both photographs and video footage. Plus, an outstanding documentary Brilliant 30, which uses high-resolution panorama photography in conjunction with 28 projectors, 5 laser light scatterings, and 12 articulation small screens to provide succinct and engaging portrait of the Museum’s enormous work in the past 30 years, is showing at the Museum’s Environment Theater.
Museum Director Sun Wei-hsin said, “We are thrilled to celebrate the Museum’s 30th anniversary. As one of the leading cultural and educational institutions in Taiwan, all of our work aims at offering people of all ages and backgrounds benefits and progression. We will continue to serve, inspire and learn from and with our publics and look forward to developing and improving the Museum for future generations.”
Come join us at NMNS!