Taiwan's Postal Museum provides a unique history of Taiwan from the perspective of its postal service. It includes some of the first stamps ever made in the world, every stamp Taiwan has ever made, and a vast collection of stamps from most other countries in the world. In addition, it shows a history of postal services in Taiwan and throughout the world, as well as DIY activities. It is a fun and interesting visit for the whole family.
The Taiwan Postal Museum was founded in 1965 by Liu Cheng-han (劉承漢), who attended the 12th Universal Postal Union Congress in Paris and noticed that most other countries had created postal museums, such as the first postal museum created by Germany founded in 1872.
Taiwan's Postal Museum was first located in Xindian District of New Taipei. A New building for the museum was created with 12 stories in Taipei, and the museum was moved to the new building in 1981.
In 2015, a smaller Taipei Beimen Postal Museum was created.
In 2021, a Kaohsiung Postal Museum was also established.
The Postal Museum is usually not very crowded, but there are more people there on weekends.
30 NT per person.
Tuesday to Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM (tickets stop being sold at 4:30 PM).
How to get there:
By MRT: The Museum is about a five minute walk from CKS Memorial Hall Station.
By car/scooter: From Taipei main station, turn south on Chongqing South Road. The museum will be on your left. There is limited parking near the museum.
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We have been to the Post Office Museum once on Children's Day when it was free and very busy. I am not sure how busy it usually is. Anyway, it was fun and enjoyable and I learned a lot. I definitely recommend going.
View of the main building. The place is actually quite huge.
Traffic on Chongqing South Road, taken from the pedestrian bridge above.
View of the first floor where you can buy tickets.
History of the museum itself.
There is actually a post office on the first floor.
There are also elevators to each floor.
On this level there was an exhibit about the seasons of Taiwan.
Some kind of grain harvesting machine.
Chick hatching machine.
Traditional Taiwanese raingear and farm work clothing.
Traditional Taiwanese farmer footwear.
The fruits of Taiwan. You can check out our Taiwan fruit guide here.
View from the library looking out the south side.
Some kind of fair going on down below.
One of the floors has the history of stamps.
The first stamp of China, and I guess also Taiwan, on display.
More stamp history.
The first stamp ever in China was this dragon stamp made by the Qing Dynasty.
More photos of stamp history above.
The most interesting part of the museum is here, where you can see every stamp from Taiwan, and tons of stamps of other countries all over the world.
There are stacks of these metal cases with old stamps in them.
The very first stamps of China.
Stamps from the USA.
Stamps from Sudan.
More stamps from Taiwan.
Stamps from 1988.
Stamps with Chen Shui-bian on them, the first DPP president of Taiwan.
More Taiwan stamps from 2004.
Harry Potter stamps from 2004.
Stamps from 1975.
Stamps from 1986.
Stamps from 1995.
Stamps from 1996.
Stamps from 1997.
One floor has the Children's Postal Park, which is the most fun area for children.
Fake postal van that you can take photos of.
You can also pretend to sort mail here.
Mail sorting machine.
More machinery and miniatures on display.
Miniature of the main postal building in Taipei.
Indoor cross section of the main postal building in Taipei.
Other forms of mail transport.
History of postal services section.
In the old days, mail was hauled by ox and cart.
Mini mail boxes.
Classic mail delivery motorcycle.
Mail delivery bicycle.
Mail cages and mail bags.
More mail boxes.
More old stamps.
Mailbox with an intercom that was ahead of its time.
Old mail routes during the Qing Era.
Ox cart wheel.
The very first written letters in China, written on bamboo strips.
More old stamps on display.
DIY mail delivery video game.
Here you can pretend you are driving a mail delivery van.
And we are back where we started.
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