The Chimei Museum in Rende District of Tainan is one of the largest museums in Taiwan. It sits in the middle of Tainan Metropolitan Park, and features western style architecture and a wonderful collection of art that would be the envy of any European city, including fine art, fossils, musical instruments, weapons, antiques, and other artifacts.
The Chimei Museum was originally created in 1992 by the Chimei Corporation founder Shi Wen-long. The museum includes fine art, fossils, musical instruments, weapons, antiques, and other artifacts.
Before 2015 the museum collection was housed in the Chimei Corporate headquarters, and was later moved to the current location at Tainan Metropolitan Park in 2015.
The founder Shi Wen-long is a violin enthusiast, and the museum features the largest collection of antique violins in the world.
The building itself was created by Tsai Yi-cheng to accentuate the best in western culture.
9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, closed Wednesdays.
200 NT per person
How to get there:
By car/scooter: From downtown Tainan, take provincial highway 1 south to Rende. The museum sits right in front of Expressway No. 86. There is plenty of parking on site.
By train: The museum is within walking distance of Bao'an TRA station.
Please see below:
I have been to the Chimei Museum once and it surpassed my expectations. Just visiting the outside Tainan Metropolitan Park is enough reason to visit.
Map of the museum and park.
Picnic tables on the outskirts of the park.
There was a TSMC event happening that day...
Some of the exhibits going on while we were there...
View from the gift shop inside.
View from the front entrance.
Another view of the pillars at the front entrance.
The large square in front of the building.
View looking back at the front entrance.
View a little further away.
Another view in front of the square.
There is a bridge across a pond with statues of Greco-Roman Gods and Goddesses.
Looking up at Athena.
Fountain in front of the park.
View of the fountain in front of the museum.
View of the fountain with the water on.
Another view straight on.
another view of the bridge.
Another view of the front entrance.
View looking straight up into the main dome.
An explaination of the Fine art and Rodin Galleries.
Explanation of Musical Instruments, Sculptures, Arms and Armor, and Natural History and Fossils.
Map and guide info.
More info and map.
Photography was not allowed in the museum so that is all I can show you.
Fountain outside as we were leaving.
What looks like night market stalls now occupied with picnickers.
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for our full guide to Tainan to come.
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