Academia Sinica's Museum of History and Philology is one of the best museums in Taiwan. It has the largest collection of Chinese oracle bone remains in the world. It is also free, usually devoid of people, and has some of the most amazing ancient artifacts from Taiwan and China. It is like a mini National Palace Museum, and is worth a visit on your trip to Taipei.
The museum first began in 1933, just after the Institute of History and Philology was created in 1928 in Beijing. After 1949, the museum was moved to Taiwan as part of the ROC retreat to Taiwan. In 1965 the museum did merge with the National Palace Museum, and was reopened in 1986 when the museum building at Academia Sinica was completed. The building also underwent renovations from 1997-2002.
Much of the collection comes from when the institute was located in China, and includes thousands of pieces from prehistoric times, as well as the Shang, Chou, and Han Dynasties.
Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
The museum is kept at a cool 20 degrees Celsius, so dress accordingly.
How to get there:
By car/scooter: There is paid car parking at Academia Sinica, and scooters must park outside.
By MRT/Bus: Take the blue MRT line to Nangang Exhibition Hall station, then transfer to any number of busses from exit 5 to Academia Sinica.
Please see below:
I have been to the museum once, and it was awesome. But it was freezing in there, and it did not help that we just came from a pouring rainstorm outside and we were soaked.
I am just going to go through and show pictures and not really spend to much time explaining. If you want to learn more, go visit the museum yourself.
Horse carriage representation.
The cave of the eight immortals in Taitung, Taiwan, one of the best archaeological sites in the country.
Skeletons found in Matsu.
Bamboo books from the Han Dynasty.
Perfectly hand written Chinese books.
Traditional dress from indiginous groups in China.
Closeup on the bells from the Zhou Dynasty.
Cauldrons from the Zhou Dynasty.
More bells from the Zhou Dynasty.
Turtle shell writing, the original Chinese writing system and the basis for current Chinese characters we know today.
More photos for you to enjoy in the gallery above.
As you can see, this museum is filled with amazing and rare treasures from early China and Taiwan. It is definitely worth a stop if you can make it.
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