National Museum of Natural Science

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National Museum of Natural Science
國立自然科學博物館
National Museum of Natural Science Taichung 01.jpg
Museum Entrance
Established 1986
Location North, Taichung, Taiwan Taiwan
Type Natural history
Visitors 3 million per year[1]
Director Wei-Hsin Sun (孫維新)
Website nmns.edu.tw

The National Museum of Natural Science (Chinese: 國立自然科學博物館; pinyin: Guólì Zìrán Kēxué Bówùguǎn) is a national museum in North District, Taichung, Taiwan.

Overview[edit]

The museum covers 22 acres (89,000 m2) and is a six-venue complex housing: the Space IMAX Theater, Science Center, Life Science Hall, Human Cultures Hall, Global Environment Hall, and Botanical Garden.[2]

The Research and Collection Division of the museum is divided into departments for zoology, botany, geology and anthropology.[3]

The architect and educator Pao-Teh Han (漢寶德) was appointed as the first director of the museum in 1987, a post he held until 1995. He was involved with helping to set up the museum before that from 1981. The current director is Wei-Hsin Sun (孫維新).

History[edit]

In 1980, the government announced plans to build the museum. On New Year's Day of 1986, the first phase of the museum opened, including the Science Center, Space IMAX Theater, administrative offices, and outdoor grounds.[1] The second phase was completed in August 1988, and the third and fourth phases were completed in August 1993. In 1999, the number of specimens in the museum had grown to 551,705.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "History". National Museum of Natural Science. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  2. ^ "About the National Museum of Natural Science". National Museum of Natural Science. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  3. ^ Yang T. Y. Aleck, Research and Collection of the National Museum of Natural Science in Taiwan, National Science Museum monographs, Volume 24, pages 79–89, 2004.

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Coordinates: 24°09′27″N 120°39′59″E / 24.15750°N 120.66639°E / 24.15750; 120.66639