Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines

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Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines

Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines was officially opened in June 1994 as an ethnology museum that is dedicated to promoting mutual understanding between different ethnic groups, through research, preservation and exhibition of the material culture of Taiwan indigenous peoples. Through various educational activities, we hope to recall the wordless history and present the multi-cultural phases of Taiwan. The main displays of the museum introduce the natural environment of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples, their daily utensils, clothing and personal decoration, ritual objects and religious life. Films shown in the museum offer an understanding of the present conditions of the life of Taiwan indigenous peoples. Special indigenous-themed exhibitions, which are expected to be the urban window to tribal culture, are held at regular intervals in the special exhibition room located on the B1 floor.
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LukeUK_12
Manchester, UK512 contributions
Fantastic museum
Jan 2020
I visited Wulai the day before coming here, and I loved learning about the fascinating culture and history of the indigenous people of Taiwan. Firstly, I would highly recommend visiting the Shung Ye Museum over the Palace Museum (just down the road). The building is beautiful, and the collection inside is outstanding. There is even a 3D cinema, and even thought the movie wasn’t in English it was pretty easy to follow. The artefacts on show are exceptional, and I found the staff totally committed to their work. When I visited, I was the only person inside the museum. This was a special experience, and my time there was one of the most memorable from my trip to Taipei.
Written December 6, 2020
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Watsson
Annapolis, MD427 contributions
Interesting little gem
Mar 2020 • Couples
Good introduction to life on Taiwan before the Han Chinese showed up. Don’t miss the 2 videos. — the 3-D one in the theatre and the one on the video monitor. Get the combo ticket for the National Palace Museum down the street and save a few bucks.
Written March 8, 2020
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Chicextrasmall
The Hague, The Netherlands128 contributions
Combine with Nat Palace Museum
Jul 2019 • Couples
Very interesting museum with most of the information in English. You can buy a combi ticket for the NPM (5min walk away) for NT$400, saving you NT$150 which is a pretty good deal. We got there late in the afternoon, so we visited the Aboriginals Museum first since they close at 5pm and the NPM is open until 9pm on Fri and Sat. This way we also avoided the bigger crowds in the NPM.
Written July 26, 2019
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Guide15195460909
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This is a place that can discover many interesting things.
Jun 2019
There you will receive a lot of information about the interesting life of the Abomosa Aborigines. Their conception of human origin, the universe and the formation of society. The speakers are enthusiastic and inspire visitors.
Written July 9, 2019
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GlobalGypsy_13
San Diego, CA2,687 contributions
What a gem filled with stories!
Jun 2019 • Couples
This small (3 floors + entry level) museum located across the street and to the left of the National Palace Museum tells the story of the native peoples of Farmosa. Stop at the map and overview behind the admission's desk for a good overview of the location and variety of aborigines. On the third level you'll find handwoven textiles (backstrap loom) and costumes of various groups. Pottery and household & daily use items dominate level 2. And don't miss the basement level that has both a special exhibit and ritual type objects with good videos. It's quite striking how many ways and material culture objects that are shared with other South Pacific islanders, such as in the Philippines and Indonesia. There are labels in English, and a book/gift shop on the ground level, but no food available (many small eateries are nearby). Enoy!
Written July 6, 2019
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Carol H
De Pere, WI1,074 contributions
Perfect in size and number of displays!
Apr 2019 • Couples
Opened in 1994, this small, privately owned museum is a delightful way to learn about the indigenous tribes of Taiwan. It provides visitors with an understanding of the aboriginal culture through various displays that include People and the Natural Environment; Livelihood, Utensils and Dwellings; Clothing, Decorations and Culture; and Belief and Rituals.

The size of the building, and numbers of displays is absolutely perfect. There definitely is no sensory overload or weariness that is associated with larger museums. While I rarely enjoy visiting museums on tours, I truly enjoyed this one, as did my spouse. I am thankful that our guide took brought us here.

Admission if free with a National Palace Museum ticket.
Written May 25, 2019
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Stephen P
Minneapolis, MN980 contributions
This small museum in the shadow of the National Palace Museum is an interesting couple of hours.
May 2019 • Friends
This museum introduces you to the indigenous people of Taiwan. Most people don't know that all of the cultures of Polynesia, or, more properly, Austronesia, from Madagascar to the Easter Islands came from Taiwan. The long-standing linguistic hypothesis has since been bolstered by genetic evidence. This place gives an overview of the traditions of all 16 tribes. I would have liked to have seen a little more detail but this was a very good introduction. The entrance fee is about US$5. An auditotour is available but doesn't have much more detail than the explanations that are posted in both Mandarin and English.
Written May 14, 2019
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Hi Stephen P, Thank you for letting us know that you had a nice time in our museum. We look forward to your visit when you come to Taiwan next time.
Written May 15, 2019
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Alina P
Taoyuan District, Taoyuan338 contributions
Great museum!
Jan 2019 • Couples
We much preferred this museum to the National Palace museum across the street. It is very well organized, there are several sections that offer videos explaining how things were made. There are several different items and artifacts on display explaining a basic history of Taiwan. It could of course be bigger, or have more artifacts, however we found that it had some very important things for the general population to get a generally knowledge. Most of the signs are translated in to English and offer a clear and concise translation.

The 3D movie is only in Chinese and doesn't offer English subtitles. It wasn't very good either...

Definitely worth it to stop in here. For some reason we were the only ones in the museum while there were literally thousands of people at the National Palace museum. Very unfortunate this museum isn't as well-known.
Written January 8, 2019
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Hi alinap140, Thank you for letting us know that you had a nice time in our museum. We are sorry to know that you did not enjoy our 3D movie and will convey your suggestions to our supervisor. We look forward to your visit when you come to Taiwan next time.
Written May 15, 2019
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StephaneCanadaTaiwan
Taoyuan District, Taoyuan136 contributions
Great museum
Jan 2019 • Couples
Better than NPM across the street. There aren't too many duplicates of each item (for example 15 bowls, 7 pots, etc.) Which I really appreciated. You got to see more of a variety. The explanations in English were very well translated and informative. There were a few videos and pictures of ceremonies or Aboriginals from the 1900s. It was beautiful to see. Everything is preserved extremely well.

I think it depicted a great picture of the lifestyle before us.

Staff was excellent and very nice, gift shop had a nice selection of items and beautiful postcards.
Written January 7, 2019
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Hi StephaneCanadaTaiwan, Thank you for letting us know that you had a nice time in our museum. We look forward to your visit when you come to Taiwan next time.
Written May 15, 2019
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Ester Z
Jerusalem, Israel349 contributions
Interesting museum near to the Palace Museum
May 2018 • Couples
The Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines is a museum located just 200 metres diagonally across from the National Palace Museum in Shilin District, Taipei .
It houses exhibits relating to the cultures and histories of the Taiwanese aborigines. The aboriginal tribes live mainly in the mountainous east and south of Taiwan and have historically spoken a variety of Austronesian languages, so it was thought important to have a central location in the capital where their cultures could be on display.
Both permanent and rotating exhibits are a part of the museum. The museum is notable for its architectural design, with a white granite totem pole at the entrance.
It is very educational to learn about the aboriginal people their life and costumes.
It is interesting the history of the founder and his family, that still today run the museum.
Written June 10, 2018
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Hi Ester Z, Thank you for letting us know that you had a nice time in our museum. We look forward to your visit when you come to Taiwan next time.
Written May 15, 2019
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