At 1:47 in the morning of September 21, 1999, a strong earthquake of 7.3 in the central part of Taiwan occurred, causing casualties and property losses as one of the biggest earthquake disasters in Taiwan in the past 100 years. In order to remind the public to pay attention to earthquake prevention and disaster relief measures, after the September 21 earthquake, the government and scholars and experts believed that the faults in the Guangfu National Base in Wufeng Township, the collapse of school buildings, the rise of riverbeds, and other landforms are the best in several candidate locations. The landform was preserved intact after the earthquake. It is convenient to restore the existing site in the country and plan to rebuild the "Earthquake Memorial Museum" to preserve the original site of the earthquake, record the history of the earthquake, and provide the public and the school's living materials on earthquake education. It was officially named "921" on February 13, 2001. An earthquake museum to highlight its commemorative and educational significance.
- Every Monday (If it is a national holiday, or compensated holiday, it will be open as usual)
- Lunar New Year's Eve
- Natural disasters stop working days announced by the government.
- The necessary closing date for the announcement by the museum.
- On Wednesday mornings (9:00 ~ 10:00 am)
- Teaching activities hosted by Schools
- Senior citizens over 65 years old (weekdays only)
- Children under 6 years old
- Handicapped handbook holders and their companions (one only)
- People with "Tourist guides' occupation license in touring industry"
- Volunteer Honor Card Members.
- People with a valid Dinosaur Card of the science museum
Chelungpu Fault Gallery:
When you are about to step out of the Chelungpu Fault Memorial, take a look back at this beautiful exhibition hall. The building embraces a novel and unique architectural design featuring a linear configuration to symbolize stitches for healing the wound of Earth and present a sequential spatial structure that converges the incident of 921 earthquake. The entire building is free of post-and-beam system but constructed with 82 precast, and prestressed concrete slabs, each 12m high, 2.4m wide and weighing 10 tons. The building is in arc shape with a complex composition. In the process of its construction, the unconventional working methods employed and difficulties encountered in surface treatment, hoisting, assembly, installation or foundation were unprecedented. The building was grand opening on September 21, 2004. The same year it also had been nominated for the Far East Architecture Award and won the Taiwan Architecture Award. Furthermore, it won the WA Chinese Architecture Award in 2006.
Earthquake Engineering Hall:
This building can be divided into a classroom area for studying damage and an exhibition area. The exhibition area was planned and developed by the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering and features houses that are safe in design and construction, how modern buildings minimize the effects of earthquakes, and earthquake safety in public areas. It is laid out in the style of a laboratory with many different interactive displays that allow the visitor to be involved in learning about earthquakes and to experience some of the principles behind earthquakes. Fun Corner in this gallery provides a unique learning space targeted at preschoolers and young children aged 3-10 years old. It creates a fun, stimulating and vivacious environment for children to learn structure and engineering. Toys, games, sketchbooks and scientific teaching aids featuring mechanics or physics help children develop logical thinking and concept of architecture. The damage education area contains some of the remnants of Wufeng Township’s Kwangfu Junior High school to give visitors an idea of the massive scale of destruction that earthquakes can bring, and to see the tremendous effect an earthquake can have on older school buildings in Taiwan.
Using the Image Gallery that was originally built in the Guangfu National Activity Center, the 921 earthquake-related photos and audio-visual materials were assembled, and the memories of the 921 earthquake in people's minds were truly presented from the perspective of human society and historical records. Through various exhibitions, the audience can browse the scene after the 921 catastrophe, collapsed buildings, rescue the victims, Taiwanese people help each other and carry out reconstruction work. The three major theaters in the Image Gallery: The True Love Earth Theater, the Earthquake Experience Theater each have their own characteristics and the meaning behind them. By enjoying these audio and video materials and personal experience, people can feel the shock and reconstruction hope of the earthquake.
Disaster Prevention Hall:
At 01:47 am on September 21, 1999, Taiwan experienced its largest earthquake in 100 years. The earthquake not only leveled buildings and houses over a wide area of central Taiwan, it also revealed a glaring lack of preparedness and prevention on the part of the people of all of Taiwan. It showed that rescue agencies were not ready, and people did not know what to do in the case of a disaster. Taiwan’s location and geology mean that natural disasters are certain to happen from time to time, including earthquakes, typhoons, rockslides and other calamities, and preparation can never be overlooked. In the past, people said “Forewarned is forearmed.” It point out the importance of disaster prevention. Prevent the possible disaster and getting ready for it far outweighs the value of repair afterward. It is the objective of Disaster Prevention Hall. The goal of the gallery is to give knowledge of refuge and rescue, and related information to the audiences, to establish the correct concept of the disaster prevention.
Reconstruction Records Hall:
The Reconstruction Record Hall collected documents of many organizations' efforts to rebuild after the 921 earthquake in the Republic of China in 1999. The museum was set up for free admission. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the 921 earthquake, we designed five themes to echo the theme of the pavilion, “Improving the future”, to show the government and civil society after the 921 earthquake. The result of reconstruction.
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