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Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Visit to The National Museum of Natural Science

Ivy Chian and Yuba Liang

One day, as we were on the road to have dinner, we looked up and saw an advertisement for the Mammoth Itinerancy display on the Taichung’s most famous museum, the National Museum of Natural Science. Because we were interested in the mammoth, we couldn’t wait to see the display. After we saw the mammoth display, we found that there are many different displays in the museum as well as. The other displays are always in the museum, so you can go there anytime. 

The National Museum of Natural Science is one of the most popular spots in Taichung. However, because there are many parking spaces nearby, we took our car. If you don’t have a car, busses are also convenient. You can take the No. 77 or No. 83 U-bus or the shuttle bus from Taichung Park.  Tickets are usually is NT$ 100 per person, but before 10 o’clock on Wednesday, the tickets are free. We went on a Wednesday.

All photos by the authors

The Mammoth Itinerancy display is easy to find; just turn right after you  go into the science center. We were not the only ones who wanted to see the mammoth.  There were many elementary school students there with their teachers (remember, admission is free on Wednesday mornings). Their teachers arranged for the museum docents to introduce the mammoth display. We followed their group and learned a lot about the mammoth. Mammoth fossils are very rare; they are usually found under glaciers that have melted because of global warming. This mammoth was borrowed from Tainan museum of science. It’s rare opportunity for students in Taichung to see the mammoth.

After the tour of the mammoth display was over, we looked at the museum brochure. The museum includes a Space Theater and a 3D-theater. We wanted to visit both because our friends recommended that we see both. We spent NT$ 70 and bought tickets for the Space Theater. The movie, Flying Monsters, was about flying animals from dragons to birds. The movie theater has a giant, semi-spherical dome screen, and we enjoyed watching a movie looking up!

The museum’s 3D-theater is a nice place for families with children. The tickets are NT$ 70 per person, and you can see two movies with one ticket. The movies now are “Yogi Bear” and “Escape from Dino Island.” Many students in the 3D theater waved their hands to catch the animals on the screen. It was reality and exciting. The 3D-theater is really worth it.

The National Museum of Natural Science also has many different displays areas, including Life Science, Human Culture and Global Environment, as well as the Science Center. There were many things for us to discover at the Science Museum, but, because we didn’t have much time, we didn't look at the other displays. We hope we will have time to come back and learn more interesting things.

We learned lots of things from our visit to the National Museum of Natural Science. We were especially excited to see a rare mammoth fossil. We were delighted about the displays, and we were also very happy to find so many interesting things in the museum. The most important thing is we really had fun. We think that the National Museum of Natural Science is good place for everyone. We will definitely come here again.

National Taiwan Museum of Science

No.1 Guanqian Rd. Taichung
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 0900 - 1700 (national holidays and Chinese New Year excluded); closed Mondays
Ticket hours:  8:50 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (04)2322-6940

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