Taipei has a lot of famous museums like the National Palace Museum and the National Taiwan Museum, but it also has smaller and interesting ones that are worth a visit. Other Taipei museums that you should include in your itinerary when you travel to the city are the Taipei Astronomical Museum, the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theater Museum, the Miniatures Museum of Taiwan, and the Museum of Jade Art. A visit to each of these and even to other Taipei museums will enrich your knowledge about Taiwan’s culture.
The Taipei Astronomical Museum opened on November 7, 1996. It aims to promote the study of astronomy and help people know more about astronomy through various exhibitions and displays. The museum has a unique design that arouses the curiosity of people and makes them want to learn more about the heavenly bodies and the universe. The Taipei Astronomical Museum is located at 363 Jihe Road, Shilin District. It is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 8 am to 5:30 pm, but guests are no longer admitted after 4 pm. On Saturdays, it is open from 8 am to 9:30 pm. Guests are allowed entry only until 8 pm.
The Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theater Museum, which the Ministry of Culture has declared as a Cultural Hall, seeks to promote, preserve, and educate people about puppet culture, which is rooted in the old traditional Asian culture. The museum also serves as a venue for puppetry programs in the Asia Pacific. It also has theater, called Nadou Theatre, where performances are held. Aside from its wonderful exhibitions, the museum also provides workshops for traditional puppet techniques, children’s puppetry, and puppet carving. The Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theater Museum welcomes tours from local schools as well as walk in visitors. The museum is found at 79 Xining North Road. It is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Miniatures Museum of Taiwan is very unique among other Taipei museums. It was established on March 28, 1997 by a man named Lin Wen-ren together with his wife. The couple collected miniature houses and other miniature toys for their children whenever they traveled on business trips. Once, when they went to the Netherlands, they learned about miniature art and became very interested in it. They started to buy their own materials for building miniature houses, and their collection eventually grew. At present, there are over 200 collections in the Miniatures Museum of Taiwan. The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm. It is located at Sec. 1 Jianguo South Road, Chungshan District.
The Museum of Jade Art is the first in the world to focus primarily on preserving jade art and promoting research on the subject. It was founded by Soofeen Hu whose family’s business involved jade and precious stones. The museum offers guided tours for visitors. It is located at 96 Sec. 1, Jianguo North Road. The Museum of Jade Art is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm except on Tuesdays.
There are still other Taipei museums that you can go to when you visit the city. Although some of them are not as grand as the others, they will offer you insights about Taiwan’s rich culture and history.