Established in 1997 after 11 years of planning and construction, the National Science and Technology Museum of Taiwan is the first and biggest museum of its kind in the country. Located on Jiouru 1st Road in Sanmin District, Kaohsiung, the museum has a number of galleries and an IMAX 3D theater occupying a total base area of 19 hectares, with the Jiouru Road cutting across.
The National Science and Technology Museum exhibits the history of technology in Taiwan, as well as its present and future developments. The museum educates visitors on the principles, procedures and applications of technology and how it influenced the country to become what it is now. Taiwan has the fastest growing Asian economy today. The city of Kaohsiung, located in southwestern Taiwan, has contributed much to the total national revenue through its world-class, high-tech cargo-shipment port, which makes it the most appropriate home for this museum of applied science. Kaohsiung is more organized, inviting and populated than the capital city of Taipei. The museum is committed to educating the people of Kaohsiung and guests on the Taiwanese kind of technology by providing exhibits, activities and programs, and creating a learning environment that is both educational and fun. Museum guests are given fun hands-on opportunities to experience the wonders of technology up close.
Educating its people is a priority of the Taiwanese Government, and for this reason it established three major science museums: the National Museum of Natural Science (Taichung), National Museum of Marine Biology (Hengchun), and National Science and Technology Museum (Kaohsiung). There was much care and money put into their construction.
In March 1984, a Construction Preparatory Team for the National Science and Technology Museum was formed, and members of this team visited a number of science museums in Europe, America and Japan. Planning for the construction in Kaohsiung began in 1986, as supervised by the Planning Council for the National Science and Technology Museum. Design was finished in 1987, approved in 1988, and construction finally began in October 1989. Engineering construction for structural facilities such elevators, computers, air regulators, utility, building furnishing, and landscaping started in 1992.
The museum opening also took several stages. The Education Center opened on July 26, 1997; the museum park on September 21, 1997; the permanent exhibition halls on November 9, 1997; and all other exhibition halls on November 8, 1998.
There are many things to see and do inside the museum other than going through its interesting collections on electronics, machines and other equipment in the printing, optimal science and textile industries. One of its leading attractions is the IMAX 3D theater that features amazing visual presentations to help visitors better understand applied science and technology. And to keep visitors engaged and comfortable, the museum has a group dining area, souvenir, snack bar, Art Café, souvenir area and gift shop.
The Group Dining Area on the 5th floor of the north wing accommodates corporations, groups and visitors bringing along their own food; the snack bar is on Basement 1, providing snacks, hot and cold drinks, and ice cream; and the Art Café is on the second floor of the north wing, offering breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. There is also a vegetarian restaurant, Cihsiangting Restaurant, on Basement 1. Visitors should do all the eating and drinking in these areas because it is not allowed elsewhere inside the museum.
Finally, to make your visit to the National Science and Technology Museum more unforgettable, you may purchase items from the souvenir shop on the 1st floor lobby and gift shop on Basement 1.