Every visit to NMNS is an opportunity to experience the wonders
of science and nature firsthand. Our spectacular exhibit galleries and
state-of-the-art venues offer remarkable insight into the world around us, from
the age of dinosaurs to the era of space exploration. Come and discover what you
can see and do here!
- Admission to the
NMNS exhibit halls is NOT FREE, excluding 9 - 10 am. on Wednesdays.
The Science Center located adjacent to the IMAX Theater offers visitors an excellent opportunity of knowing more about modern science such as physics, chemistry, astronomy, and electronics. Aside from illuminating the stunning discoveries of science, the center also examines such questions as how Taiwan developed its IC business, and how the weather satellite obtains information about the atmospheric conditions. Designed as a rich interpretive environment, the center is the site of hands-on, interactive exhibits and extensive educational programming. The admission to the center is not free for all visitors. Visit Admission Fees
In the Life Science Hall you will discover amazing facts about life, the planet, our environment and evolution. From the origin of life to the extinction of dinosaurs, from plants taking landing to animals taking flight, the Life Science Hall will astound you. The galleries of The
Journey of Human Life
Age of Dinosaurs
in the Life Science Hall have been innovated, where visitors can learn about human body through the outstanding description and take a look at the rich collection of dinosaur fossils. The entrance of the hall is located across from the IMAX Theater, or yYou can also enter from the entrance to the Human Cultures Hall.
Renamed from the original Chinese Science Hall in 2000, the Hall of Human Cultures contains more diverse themes now. Aside from the original themes such as Chinese medicine, Chinese technology, the ancient Chinese people, the spiritual life of Han people, the Oceania, agricultural ecology, and the Austronesian of Taiwan are added to this hall to broaden our visitors' horizons. The entrance to the Human Cultures Hall faces Shi-tun Rd., and is the same as to the Global Environment Hall. You can also enter this hall from the entrance to the Life Science Hall. This is a 2-story hall. Do not miss any sophisticated exhibit here!
Explore our ever-changing planet in this Hall. Discover seven world's ecosystems, and the diversity of Taiwan's ecology. Marvel at the sheer variety, beauty and color of the minerals, gems and rocks on display. In addition to these elaborate permanent exhibits, the Hall also includes 3 theaters and 18 workstations, in which visitors will enhance their understanding about the Earth through films, models, graphs, specimens, replicas or live animals. Admission to the Environment and the Bird's Eye View
Theaters is free, while the 3D
is a paid theater. Focusing on earth and environmental sciences, the workstations are complemented with appropriate software.
The 4.5-hectare living Botanical Garden located across the Shi-tun Rd. from the Museum complex is a place to relax, rejuvenate, and experience the wonders of nature. Its commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition, and conservation of native plants of Taiwan with emphasis on the ecology of lowlands. The Garden also features a landmark tropical rainforest conservatory that covers more than 400 plant collections. Admired as an urban horticultural and botanical resource, the Garden inspires visitors to discover that plants are essential to life.
Experience the changing of the four seasons, and the corresponding mysteries of nature. Here on the Museum's grounds, you can not only find a peaceful retreat from the traffic and bustle in a noisy city, but also learn something more about science. In addition to enhancing the beauty of the museum's grounds, the Museum displays several large-scale permanently placed scientific works on its grounds to serve as an educational, interactive exhibit for the public. Every piece of these works is elaborately chosen and designed by the Museum staff. Be sure not to miss them when you visit our indoor exhibits!
At a glance, here are the bits no visitor wants to miss in the Museum's galleries. These must-sees are Palaeoloxodon Skeleton standing in the center of the Life Science Hall, Water-powered Armillary & Celestial Tower erected at the entrance to the Human Cultures Hall, Giant Squid "standing" right on the 1st floor of the Global Environment Hall, and Digital Archives & E-Learning Center located in the lobby of Life Science Hall. Do not miss them when you visit the Museum. There are also many other highlights at the Museum awaiting our visitors to explore.
921 Earthquake Education Park
The 921 Earthquake Education Park, the branch of The National Museum of Natural Science devoted to precaution and preparedness against earthquake, was originated from a junior high school. The Guangfu High School located in Wufong, a village in southern Taichung County, lay directly on the fault line and was severely damaged by Chi-chi earthquake (measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale and struck Taiwan on September 21, 1999). These collapsed buildings and violent topographical changes preserved in an outdoor museum setting are attestation to the power of Nature! Come and witness it.
Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park
Located at the foot of the Mountain Fonghuang in Lugu, a small town in central Taiwan, the Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park is a branch of the National Museum of Natural Science. Covering an area of nearly 33 hectares, the Park offers a haven for many different species of birds, plants and bugs and acts as an important place for the Museum to educate its visitors to learn about ecosystems. Visitors can also see ruins of Chi-chi earthquake (1999) and Typhoon Taraji (2001) here. Clear sky, changing fog, walking paths, waterfalls and a suspension bridge…, the Park offers visitors an excellent spot for leisure as well.
Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park
Aside from 921 Park and Fonghuanggu Park mentioned above, the Chelungpu Park is a brand-new branch of the National Museum of Natural Science. Not very far from those two parks, Chelungpu Park is located across from the Chu-shan ramp of Formosa Freeway. As implied by its name, Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park is built for preserving the surface rupture of Chelungpu Fault caused by 1999 Chi-chi Earthquake. Featuring the spectacular surface faulting with vertical displacements, the Park consists of two main parts: the Geological Science Hall and the Fault Preservation Hall. The former mainly introduces Taiwan’s geological features through films, photographs, illustrations, interactive screens and exhibits, while the latter, an eggshell-shaped building, displays the original shape of the fault caused by the Chi-chi Earthquake.