Brochures in English

  • Oceanic beauty- The many faces of Taiwan' s water

    71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. The Taiwanese people, who lives on an island surrounded by water, have developed a lifestyle closely connected with the ocean since the prehistoric era.
    This exhibition is co-curated by the New Taipei City Shihsanhang Museum and the National History Museum. It comprises of more than one hundred pieces of archaeological specimen, ethnographic objects and artworks. The rich content of the exhibition is an all-encompassing overview of the knowledge of the ocean, which was developed through the generations of Taiwanese, dating back from the prehistoric period to modern era.

    Evidence of the Taiwan’s Prehistoric Oceanic Trade
    Bo Li-mai, the Director of the Shihsanhang Museum, observed that the Shihsanhang people, who were active in the Bali plain 1,000 years ago, were the typical “ocean community.” For these people, the ocean was not a barrier, but a channel for exchange. The exhibition showcases several pieces of intricate glass objects. These objects, which are now recognized for their national importance, were perceived as valuable “fashionable boutique” imports back then. According to archaeological studies, these objects, originated in the Southeast and East Asia and China, bears the witness of the vibrant prehistoric transoceanic trade between Taiwan and the world. These trading activities form an important part of Taiwan’s cultural appearances.

    The Island and its Religions: A Cultural Relics Exhibition Liao Xin-tian, the Director of the National History Museum, states that “the unique quality of the Taiwanese culture is intertwined with the ocean.” The island’s fishing industry, oceanic arts and literature, and migrant religions have all, through centuries of development, form the rich foundation for Taiwan. This is reflected by the popular Taiwanese worship of Mazu and Wang Ye, which are religious beliefs closely related to the ocean. As such, the highlight of this exhibition includes two Mazu statues, dating back to the late Qing Dynasty. Their rustic, humble figures will touch your heart with a strong sense of solemnity and kindness.

    16 Precious Objects Resurfaced for the First Time
    In this exhibition, we have provided sixteen special objects to be shown to the public for the first time. These include 9 pieces of newly discovered “paleontological fossils,” that includes extinct species. This discovery proves that the Taiwan Strait was once an important migration channel and resting place for animals during the Ice Age. Furthermore, the exhibition comprise seven sets of “shark teeth,” which were discovered in the national Shihsanhang archaeological sites. These sets of teeth, belonged to different types of sharks, which implied that the Shihsanhang people, having been surrounded by a rich shark habitat, were active shark hunters.

    Lectures and Programs: Protecting the Ocean
    The exhibition has incorporated contemporary artworks exploring the issue concerning our oceanic environment. We hope that, while appreciating our exhibits, the audience will also join the discussion on the crisis of our oceanic environment. As an island resident, what should we do to ensure the sustainability of our ocean, maintaining its beauty and biodiversity? The exhibition includes special lectures, beach cleanups and DIY workshop with recycled materials. Please join us at the Shihsanhang Museum.

    Oceanic beauty- The many faces of Taiwan' s water
    Now Until 03/21
    Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology (No. 200, Museum Road, Bali District, New Taipei City)
    02-2619-1313
    www.sshm.ntpc.gov.tw

  • Geo-Museum: The Shui-Jin-Jiu Geopark Exhibition

    Currently, the Gold Museum is busy holding an exhibition that explores the geological resources of the geopark. The exhibition details the development of the geopark and the diverse geoheritage of the Shuijinjiu area. Please visit the Gold Museum website for more information.

    Date Until 05/30
    Venue Gold Museum, New Taipei City Government

    No. 8, Jinguang Road, Ruifang District, New Taipei City
    02-2496-2800
    09:30-17:00 (Closed on the first Monday of each month)
    Taipei-Jinguashi: Taking bus route 1062 at the Exit 2 of Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station via Jiufen and get off at Jinguashi (Gold Museum).

  • 2020 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale

    The 2020 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale has selected 109 pieces of contemporary artworks from the ceramic studios from every corner of the globe. These works are inspired by stories across the world and created with all kind of clay, glaze and firing techniques. They accurately depict and reflect a variety of social realities. The interaction between hands and clay is an expressive thinking process in a world of rapid change.

    Date Now Until 05/09
    Venue New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum

    No. 200, Wenhua Road, Yingge District, New Taipei City
    02-8677-2727
    09:30-17:00 (Closed on the first Monday of each month)
    Take a commuter train to Yingge train station, the museum is a 10-minute walk from the Wenhua Rd. exit.

  • Time Treasure of Black Tea

    This exhibition analyses the origin and life of black tea with a poetic approach. It evaluates how black tea has been brought to the West, and hence became a popular beverage across the globe. We explore the golden age of Taiwan’s black tea trade, taking you through a journey on how the tea has changed the social lives across the world.

    Date Now Until 11/08
    Venue Pinglin Tea Museum of New Taipei City

    No.19-1, Shuisongqikeng, Pinglin Dist., New Taipei City
    02-2665-6035
    09:00-17:00 (Closed on the first Monday of each month)
    Take the MRT to Xindian Station. Transfer onto the Xindian Bus Service, and take the 923 or Green 12 (G12). Get off at the stop for Pinglin Junior High School. The Museum is a 5-minute walk away.

  • Tamsui Historical Museum, New Taipei City

    Tamsui Historical Museum is the first Taiwanese museum that incorporates a group of historic built forms. The Museum contains seven monuments, including Fort San Domingo, Little White House, Hobe Fort, The Tamsui Customs Wharf, The Former Residence of Tamsui Township Head Tada Eikichi, Tamsui Japanese Police Officer Dormitory and Douglas Lapraik & Co.

    Date Now
    Venue Fort San Domingo

    No. 1, Ln. 28, Zhongzheng Rd., Tamsui Dist., New Taipei
    02-2623-1001
    09:30-17:30(Closed on the first Monday of each month)
    MRT Tamsui station is the terminal station. Once you arrive, you can take buses R26, 836 or 857 to Fort San Domingo.

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