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Special Exhibition Gallery, Botanical Garden
March 27 - August 30, 2015

Asparagus and mushrooms teach a cook humility. - Sicilian Proverb

Mushrooms are fungi, which are distinct in nature and classified as their own kingdom. Often grouped with plants. Mushrooms are, however, not a plant based on their cellular organization and composition such as chitin and ergosterol. Mushrooms are the Nature's hidden treasure, and have long been celebrated as a source of powerful nutrients.

From March 27 to August 30, 2015, the National Museum of Natural Science hosts the mushroom exhibition. The exhibition, displaying more than 100 images and 10 specimens of mushrooms and highlighting live neon green mushrooms, is composed of three parts: Mushrooms in the Museum Gardens , Toxic Mushrooms, and Edible Mushrooms.

"Most people consider mushrooms to be small and ugly," said Mr. Wen-neng Chou, the exhibition organizer and assistant curator at the Biology Department. "In fact, there is a surprisingly beautiful and wonderful fungi world waiting to be explored," continued Chou, "According to the personal collecting records, there are 195 species of mushrooms found in the Museum. I enjoy studying and capturing these beautiful creatures so much, and like to share with you all."

Some Mushrooms Found in the Musuem

Mycena kentingensis
Mycena kentingensis, the focus of the mushroom exhibition, is a new luminous mushroom. It was discovered by Mr. Yu-shen Shih in the tropical forest of Kenting National Park in Southern Taiwan in 2013. These neon green mushrooms are capable of emitting light from their fruiting bodies, mycelia, or both. Shih described Mycena kentingensis as new to science, and brought the total of luminous fungi in Taiwan to 9 and in the world to 74 species.

"It takes 3 to 5 days for Mycena kentingensis to grow," said Shih at the exhibition opening reception," Because they are wild mushrooms, indoor conditions such as humidity, light, and temperature affect their growth. Now visitors will finally be able to see them up close - when they go on public display for the very first time."

This mushroom exhibition at the Museum's Botanical Garden is open from March 27 to August 30. Be sure not to miss this 'luminous' exhibition!

  • Mushrooms in the Museum Gardens: March 27 - May 17
  • Toxic Mushrooms: May 19 - June 28
  • Edible Mushrooms: June 30 - August 16

Mushroom Exhibition is organized and presented by the National Museum of Natural Science.