Found near the iconic Love River, Kaohsiung Museum of History is the city’s main repository of cultural artifacts, ancient relics and archeological finds. Tourists and children love going to museums, and the Kaohsiung Museum of History will surely not disappoint. It is a professional museum whose main tasks are to collect, file, and document cultural treasures and historical objects. Historical sites are categorized, old city documents are preserved, and more research studies and projects will be conducted.
The large building that houses the museum is quite historic itself. It was built in 1938 and used to function as the Kaohsiung City Hall after World War II. It reopened and was converted in 1998 as a museum. Beside the museum building are the Industrial Exhibition Center, Kaohsiung Film Archives, Concert Hall and WuFu 4th Road. This area is difficult to miss since the Love River and WuFu 4th Road are very popular. People come here to shop, eat and drink every time, because most of Kaohsiung’s pubs and bars are found in the area. Meanwhile, the Love River runs through the city from South to North, and therefore all city roads are leading up to it. This important and historic river is called the “spine of Kaohsiung”. Other recognizable landmarks surrounding the museum are the Nanhua Tourist Night Market, Talees Shopping Mall, and Pier 2 Art Center.
The Museum of History maintains four permanent exhibits, which are the “History of the Glove Puppet Theatre in Kaohsiung” (running until December 12, 2010), “The February 28th Incident in Kaohsiung” (until December 31, 2012), “A Stroll Over The City Map of Kaohsiung” (until December 31, 2020), and “The Story of the Old City Hall” (until December 31, 2020). For the visitors’ viewing pleasure, the museum offers pre-arranged group tours in either English or Chinese. Admission is free.
In addition, there are special and additional exhibits that run for months at a time. Some of the most recent special exhibits, events and shows were the Taiwan Machine International Tool Show, Taiwan International Orchid Show, Taipei International Cycle Show, Taiwan International Lighting Show, and Taiwan International Motorcycle Show, among many more. This is truly one the busiest international venues in Taiwan.
Getting to the Museum of History is not a problem since it is located along the famous Love River. When taking the train, board the Orange Line and get off at Yanchengpu. Exit to Wufu Road and then take a 10-minute leisurely walk to the Love River. As you reach the river, turn north towards Hesi Road. Walk for two minutes to see the Kaohsiung Film Archives on your left. When driving, take National Freeway No.1 and exit at Zhongzheng Interchange. Go straight on Zhongzheng until you cross the Love River. There are parking spaces for you to get to the museum.
You may come any day of the week except on Mondays. (All galleries and museums in Kaohsiung are closed on Mondays.) The Kaohsiung Museum of History is open from Tuesday to Friday at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.