The Anatomy of Crime
The 4th Exhibition Gallery, Life Science Hall
November 17, 2017 – May 20, 2018
The word “forensic” means “pertaining to the law”. Imagine a world where criminals run freely. Without the use of science, criminals could not be convicted of their crimes, unless there was an eyewitness present at the crime scene when the crime occurred. Forensic evidence then plays an important role in criminal investigations.
Criminality and substance abuse have long been linked. Drug abuse in Taiwan was not a problem until the latter half of the 1980’s. Drug consumption started to jump and leap since 1990. Also, it was during that time that drug-related crime and drug quantities seized by the police saw a sharp increase. Nowadays, drug abuse does pose a serious problem in our society.
In view of this, the National Museum of Natural Science in collaboration with the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Ministry of Justice, R.O.C. presents the exhibition ‘Forensic Science: The Anatomy of Crime’ in its 4th Special Exhibition Gallery, which will run until May 20, 2018, to make our public aware of this serious issue, and furthermore to make some positive impact to our society.
The exhibition ‘Forensic Science: The Anatomy of Crime’ is derived from ‘Collected Cases of Injustice Rectified’ written by Song Ci (1186-1249), a Chinese forensic medical expert in the Song Dynasty. Song is considered to be the Founding Father of forensic science in China, and his book, which was esteemed by generations of forensic scientists, eventually was translated into many languages.
The exhibition combines ancient wisdom and modern techniques to showcase the crime busting key evidences throughout the forensic science history. From blood, hair and fingerprint analysis to digital identification and image authentication, visitors will immerse themselves in ancient forensic practices and modern scientific techniques through hands-on and experiential learning in an exciting multimedia environment with dazzling special effects. Using images of real drug abusers, interactive demos, animations, and games, the exhibition aims to make our public aware of the serious issue of substance abuse and the importance of crime prevention. It explores the history, science and art of forensic medicine, allowing visitors to operate the delicate processes of collecting, analyzing and presenting medical evidence. It draws out the stories of drug addicts and shows their shocking before-and-after photos, making the audience realize that the negative consequences of drug abuse affect not only individuals but also their families and friends, various businesses, and the whole society. It points out that the three deadly sins: greed, hatred, and delusion in Buddhism are usually the root of crime and uses simple games to help the audience avoid the temptations of the three elements. The exhibition contains original evidence, archival material, photographic documentation, film footage, forensic instruments, and is rich with warning messages of anti-drug and anti-corruption. Challenging familiar views of forensic medicine shaped by fictions, the exhibition highlights the complex entwining of law and medicine. Last but not least, an e-book ‘The Chinese Opium-Smoker: Twelve illustrations showing the ruin which our Opium Trade with China is bringing upon that Country’ edited by the exhibition curator is available in the exhibition, showing the gradual downfall of a smoker.
In the opening ceremony, the curator Dr. Yang Chung-hsin shared his ideal of the exhibition, hoping the audience to develop their problem solving abilities by interacting with the forensic demos. “It’s true that the high drug abuse rate and its derived social issues have led to high crime rate,” said Yang, “We don’t want to feed information through panels. We want people to walk through this exhibition to experience and have fun while at the same time learning about drug abuse and its consequences, and the crime busters as well,” Yang stated and ended with “The ultimate aim of the exhibition is to help our audience avoid the root of crime.”
Let’s help to stop, solve, and prevent crime together!
Forensic Science: The Anatomy of Crime is made possible by the National Museum of Natural Science and the Institute of Forensic Medicine, MOJ in collaboration with Agency of Corrections, MOJ.
Forensic Science: The Anatomy of Crime is supervised by Ministry of Education and Ministry of Justice.
- Admission to this special exhibition for public welfare is FREE.
- The exhibition is open from November 17, 2017 to May 20, 2018 while the Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 5pm, and closed on Mondays (national holidays excluded) and Chinese New Year holidays.
- For any public employees who attend this exhibition will be granted one hour of life learning credit.
- For additional information on Forensic Science: The Anatomy of Crime, please visit: http://web2.nmns.edu.tw/Exhibits/106/Forensic/