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A Brief History of the National Museum of Natural Science

At the turn of the 1980s, our government focused on building the Twelve Major Construction Projects to improve the quality of life on the island. The scope of the plan included establishing and maintaining a modern science museum for the people, for education and science.


The Planning Office is set up at Chung Hsing University, Taichung. Professor Han Pao-teh, a dedicated and knowledgeable artist with special expertise in architecture, is first curator. Under Han's leadership, less than 20 staff members strives to complete the first phase of the Museum to house its 312 items in this humble temporary office.

Professor Han Pao-tehPlanning Office at Chung Hsing University


The first phase of Science Center, Space IMAX Theater, Administration Building, and outdoor grounds is completed and opened on the New Year's Day along with the unveiling of the Museum logo. Mr. Han is first director.

Phase I Constructed

Museum Logo

Opening Day


A visitor center in Taipei opens in July.

The second phase of Life Science Hall is laid out in August.

Phase II Constructed

Life Science Hall


The third phase of Chinese Science Hall (now the Human Cultures Hall) and the fourth phase of Global Environment Hall including Bird's-Eye View Theater, Environment Theater and 3D Theater dedicate. The staff number has grown from 80 to 120, and the specimen from 12,773 to 374,470.

Phase III & IV Constructed

Oval Plaza


Collections in electronic formats are launched.


Outreach programs begin.


Botanical Park (now Botanical Garden) is completed.

The library's online catalogue is launched.

Conservatory Constructed

Botanical Park



Free e-newsletters are issued.

Museum E-Newsletter


The Earthquake Memorial Museum is renamed to the 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan on February 13, 2001, and becomes a division of the Museum in 2002.

Lilium speciosum (local name: showy lily) is relocated successfully by the Museum's curators, and dominated as the Museum mascot flower.

The Botanical Park is changed to its present title "Botanical Garden".

Chelungpu Fault

Mascot Flower

Botanical Garden


CoCo and BoBo the Museum mascots are born on January 1 and have now become a very popular addition to the Museum.




The first phase of the Earthquake Museum including Galleries of Fault and Image opens.

The renovated gallery of Age of Dinosaurs reopens to the public in August.

Gallery of Fault

Gallery of Image

Gallery of Age of Dinosaurs


Opening in May, the Journey of Human Life, a new permanent exhibit gallery in the Life Science Hall, adds to the Museum's richness.

Journey of Human Life


The extension of the 921 Earthquake Museum is completed and opened to the public on September 21.

Chinese Science Hall is renovated to include more and new collections and renamed to Human Cultures Hall in November.

Disaster Prevention

Old Chinese Agriculture

Oceania Gallery


DaDa's Magic World, a new exhibition on optoelectronics, adds more attraction to the Science Exploring Gallery from October.

The completely renovated Astronomy gallery deepens visitors’ understanding of our dynamic universe.

Dada's Magic World

Legends of the Universe


"The World of Semiconductor" renovated from the original Integrated Circuits gallery is opened to the public on February 23.

Integrated Circuits

The World of Semiconductor


Administration Center of Natural Science Education Parks is set up on January 1, managing facilities including 921 Earthquake Education Park, Fonghuanggu Ecology & Bird Education Park and Chelungpu Fault Preservation Education Park.

The Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park is officially merged with the Museum on January 1.

The Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park opens to the public for testing operations on Jan. 30 and opens for regular operations on May 1st.

The Museum’s structure is reformed to six departments (Biology, Geology, Anthropology, Science Education, Exhibits, and Operations, Collection & Information), four offices (Secretariat, Personnel, Accounting, and Government Ethics) and one center (Administration Center of Natural Science Education Parks).

Sunshine Information Desk is reformed into the Digital Archives & E-Learning Center in January.

Unveiling Ceremony of Fonghuanggu Park

Opening Ceremony of Chelungpu Park

Digital Archives & E-Learning Center

Microscopic World


Science Learning Center starts up its service to the public on June 12, which is established to promote 12-year compulsory education of the country.

The Museum receives the 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award for its exemplary contributions in civil service.

Science Learning Center

Distinguish Achievement Award


DaDa's Magic Land located in Science Center opens in January.

IMAX Space Theater reopens on July 1 with a new digital upgrading project.

The Museum officially starts its Online Collection on Saturday, August 1.

The underground parking lot project starts in November with closing a portion of our lawn for geological studies.

DaDa's Magic Land

NMNS Online Collection


The Museum announces its 30th anniversary on January 1 with launching a year-long series of public programs and activities.

The family membership card is ceased to issue.

The underground parking facility is launched in January.

With collaboration on research, exhibition, and education, the Museum signs MOU with Kenting National Park in August.

The Museum and Tunghai University sign an agreement in December to promote education industry and create professional development opportunities.

The Museum and National Museum of Mongolia sign MOU to strengthen cultural, scientific, and academic collaboration in December.

NMNS at 30
NMNS at 30
Membership Card
Membership Card


The previous Material World Gallery on the 4th Floor of Science Center is renovated to “Physical World”.

The Museum celebrates a milestone by welcoming its 90,000,000th visitor on September 29.

Physical World
Physical World
90,000,000th visitor
90,000,000th Visitor



The National Museum of Natural Science, a landmark of the central part of Taiwan and the third most popular resort in Taiwan (less than Taipei Zoo & National Palace Museum), welcomes more than 3 million visitors each year, 65% of which are school children. With the Science Center offering an interactive exhibit of hands-on science experiments, four Halls comprising over 650 thousand objects and specimens, the Space IMAX Theater, Botanical Garden, 921 Earthquake Education Park, Fonghuanggu Bird and Ecology Park, Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park, and sophisticated touring exhibitions throughout the year, the Museum always offers something for everyone.
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