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This newly renovated Hall of Human Cultures presents the remarkable medicine, technology, and spiritual life of Han people. It also offers the most comprehensive evidence of the history of Taiwanese agriculture ever assembled. And, it explores the world of Taiwanese aborigines and Oceanians. This permanent hall has been renovated into a cutting-edge hands-on exhibition space. Also, we have useful information if you’re planning a self-guided visit to the galleries, which will make your visit much easier and richer while you’re here and when you go back home or get back to the classroom.
  • 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.
  • Chinese Medicine, Chinese Agriculture, and Chinese Science & Technology galleries are located on the main floor, Story Telling by the Ancient People, Han People's Spiritual Life, and Taiwanese Aborigines galleries on the second floor, while Oceania gallery is on the lower level.
  • The newly renovated gallery of Taiwan Austronesian has opened to the publc.
  • The previous Ancient Chinese Gallery is rebranded as “Story Telling by the Ancient People” on July 5, 2018.
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Oceania

sculptures of oceaniaThis new exhibition presents Oceania's millennia of history and reflects a remarkable geographic and cultural diversity through 249 artifacts, ranging from masks, sculptures, paintings, textiles and ceramics, four fifths of which were collected and donated by Max Liu – an outstanding man and artist in Taiwan.

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Chinese Medicine

An example of a traditional Chinese apothecary.

Inspect the development of the Chinese character for "Medicine"; Get a rare glimpse of the world's earliest model of human body, and find out the acupuncture points on it; Take a review of important events in the history of Chinese medicine, and witness the furnishings of a typical Chinese pharmacy, including more than 80 herbs commonly used by Chinese doctors. You will be astonished that Chinese medicine has made a great contribution to not only Chinese people, but all human beings.

An herb garden outside this gallery displays more than 100 species of living herbs. See what they are.

How much do you know about traditional Chinese medicine?
NMNS Floor Plan/Human Cultures Hall/Chinese Medicine
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Chinese Science and Technology

Water-powered Armillary (Sphere) and Celestial (Globe) Tower

Can you imagine that science and technology emerged in China hundreds or even thousands of years earlier than in Europe? This gallery attempts to trace Chinese scientific and technological achievements through the use of relics and historical records such as Chao-chou Bridge, the watertight compartment, a water-powered clock, an apparatus for astronomical observation, a celestial globe, an armillary sphere, and exquisite lacquer.

Are Chinese people really lack scientific and technological ability?
NMNS Floor Plan/Human Cultures Hall/Chinese Science and Technology
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Agricultural Ecology

a cowboy on a Taiwan Water Buffalo

This newly renovated gallery starts with a description of the agricultural origins in Mesopotamia, India, China, and Mid-south America to inspire the visitors to get a general idea of the development of agriculture over time. It also chronicles the agricultural history and events of China from Neolithic Age (12500 – 2000 BC) to the present day, and explores Taiwan agriculture and ecology. In addition to showcasing a life-size cupper sculpture of a cowboy on a Taiwan Water Buffalo and a cart of 1960s, the gallery uses a trilingual (English, Chinese, and Taiwanese) straw man to tell the whole story of Taiwan agriculture, and how it is affected by imported crops now.

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Story Telling by the Ancient People

Story Telling by the Ancient People

There are more than 2,000 archaeological sites in Taiwan, indicating the island was inhabited by humans as early as 30,000 years ago. Yet, in a fast-moving, forward-looking place like Taiwan, it is difficult to even begin thinking about what this island was like before recorded history. In this newly renovated gallery, archaeology unveils central Taiwan's intriguing prehistoric past.

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Taichichuan: ancient Chinese exercises for good health.Han People's Spiritual Life

A wide variety of images of Gods and religious implements illustrate that Han people have lived a rich spiritual life since as far back as the Shang Dynasty. We also explain the order of lineage in Han society and social norm and religious retribution for good or evil dead deeds through films, charts, or models.

What is the ultimate goal for ancient Chinese Han people to pursue?
NMNS Floor Plan/Human Cultures Hall/Han People’s Spiritual Life
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Taiwan Austronesian

Yami Plank Boat

Is Taiwan the cradle of the Austronesian civilization? Do you know Taiwan has many indigenous groups widely unknown to the outsiders? Are you interested in their diverse and stunning cultures? Are you concerned about their problems of cultural preservation and identity? The renovated gallery answers all the questions and provides a highlighted awareness of the amazing, still largely unknown world of Taiwan Austronesian, and an appreciation of their significance in our society.

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