National Taiwan Museum
National Taiwan Museum (No. 2, Xiangyang Road, Taipei City) – located within Peace Memorial Park in Taipei, this is the oldest museum in Taiwan (opened in 1908 with support from the Japanese colonial authorities). A Matsu temple was originally at this site (a place of worship during the late Qing dynasty). The current Greek-inspired structure was built by the Japanese.
Since its inauguration in 1915 the museum has concentrated its collections and studies on Taiwan, southern China, and the South Pacific. Its various departments encompass history, aboriginal peoples, zoology and botany, anthropology, geology, South Pacific cultures, and other subjects. It is the oldest natural history museum in the entire Taiwan area. The museum’s Greek-style architecture also makes it one of Taipei’s most unique buildings.
Admission: NT$30 (general), NT$15 (seniors – during holidays, children ages 6-12, police, military), free for children under 6 years, seniors (during weekdays) and the disabled. Hours: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (Tuesday – Sunday), closed on Mondays, Chinese New Year’s Eve & Day. Note: free guided tours are offered daily at 10:30 am & 2:30 pm.