National Museum of Taiwan History(國立臺灣歷史博物館)
A good overview of the Chinese period and the Japanese occupationWe visited this museum on April 20. There is a bus (#18) from Tainan Station to the museum. It is a drive of about 45 minutes. When you pay the entrance fee you have the option to purchase an audio guide. The 2nd floor gives a good impression of the history of Taiwan. Especially the Chinese period and the Japanese occupation is elaborated. The exhibition has a lot of diorama's. Almost everything is explained in English on the information boards. The audio guide will give you much more information. If you want to listen everything on the audio guide, you will have at least 3 hours at the museum. There is not a restaurant at this museum.
Very interesting and informativeHaving read reviews of this museum I had a rough idea of what to expect; both in terms of the exhibits as well as the difficulty in getting there. The museum charts Taiwan’s history from its very early days of aboriginal settlements to the modern day. We had an audio guide which helped a great deal. I agree with other reviewers in that there were parts of the exhibits that did not flow systematically and it was difficult to follow with the audio guide. There were also some parts of the exhibit in the WWII years that were in Mandarin. This included some film footage. It would have been excellent if some English narration could have been included. There was also minimal coverage of Dr SunYat Sen and General Chiang Kai Shek and their influence on the formation of modern day Taiwan. I did see a photo of Dr Sun Yat Sen and Chinese transcripts, but nothing in English. The only drawback to our visit was the difficulty getting to the museum. The HSR took us from Taipei to Tainan and there is a shuttle service that takes us to the ChiMei Hospital (free) and from there we took a taxi to the museum. The shuttle ride took an hour and the taxi ride 10 min. On our way back to the Tainan HSR station, the staff called for a taxi. The ride took 20min and cost us NT $500. Highly recommend visiting this attraction to get a good understanding of Taiwan’s history.
Understated and informativeWe took the HSR from Taipei just to go to this museum. Entry fee with audio was only NT$125 (US$5). The narrative was interesting and provided context to the many periods. We only had 3 hours which was just right. The only missing detail from the displays and narrative was the Chiang Kai Shek era and its relationship with China. If you are new to Taiwan and want to understand its culture, this place is a must. Tip: The HSR runs a free shuttle from Tainan HSR station to the Chemi Medical Centre ( last stop) and the journey takes 1 hour. Take a taxi to the Musuem which will cost NT$160. There is no direct bus to the museum. A taxi from the HSR station to the musuem will cost NT$500. The ticket office helped us get a taxi for our return trip. They were very helpful. The cafe at the museum which is at the entrance is expensive and average.
so much Taiwan history to learn and see in-depthNMTH focuses on Taiwan history and culture. All the exhibtions have English translation and most of the them are interactive. The museum provides audio guide, video, short play and relative activities that allow you know more about the content of the expo. Audio guide is recommended. The museum has a children area that was designed for children. The shop sells products that have Taiwan features. Outside the museum is very spacious. Many people come here for free (not entering the museum), you can take a walk here if not in hurry. The transportation is not very convenient though. It's far from city center and buses are not frequent. So you can enjoy the exhibitions in good quality since there's not many tourists here. Overall, it's worth visiting. It's suitable for all ages. The museum sometimes has ticket discounts, you can check the information on the official website. 台史博的展出以台灣歷史與文化的為主，配合相關影片、戲劇導覽、教育活動，加上互動式的展品，不會覺得沉悶呆板，建議租借語音導覽，可以有更深入的了解。一樓有規劃兒童區，也會有布偶見面會，家長可以利用這個機會教小朋友相關的知識。博物館商店販售許多富有台灣特色的產品，和研究出版品，很適合買來送禮或收藏。戶外空間很大，因為是免費的，很多人來這邊散步。 缺點是離市區有點遠，公車班次也不多，也是因為入館遊客不多，所以參觀品質還不錯。台史博是個適合各個年齡層，展出很豐富，可以多花一些在館內，很多人只是匆匆地走過一圈，實在有點可惜。博物館不定期匯出票價優惠，可以到官網查詢。
San Francisco, California
Worth SeeingReally enjoyed this museum. Great displays of the history of Taiwan, from the indigenous people thru present day. Great children's area on first floor. Small cafe with good food. Easy access for those with disabilities.
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