921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan

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921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan

921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
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
At 01:47AM on September 21, 1999, the central part of Taiwan was struck by an earthquake that registered 7.3 on the Richter Scale. The resultant loss of life and damage to property put it among the worst natural disasters of the past century in Taiwan. In the wake of the 921 disaster, the local government decided to preserve some of the phenomena related to the earthquake such as slips in the fault line, collapsed school structures, raised river beds and other selected locations, to serve as reminders for the public of the need to prepare for such disasters and to be ready to provide emergency rescue services. With the rebuilding of Kwangfu Junior High on its present site, the Earthquake Memorial Museum was renamed the 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan on February 13, 2001. The new plan retains the original sites as a record of the damage wrought by the earthquake, and it also adds educational facilities designed to inform the public and school children about earthquakes and disaster readiness.
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George L
city674 contributions
921 Earthquake Museum serves as a reminder
Jan 2020 • Couples
Buildings were designed without considering what would happen in an earthquake. This disaster helped Taiwan to become very aware and to design buildings with technologies to resist destruction in earthquakes.

Most impressive are models of buildings and technologies to resist damage.
Written February 3, 2020
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John W
454 contributions
Superb.
Jan 2020 • Solo
This museum is excellent value at 50 NTD adult admission. It is worth a good two hours. Unfortunately I arrived at 4 pm, one hour before closing so I was whisked through the exhibits by an english speaking volunteer guide, and missed the earthquake simulator. The displays are comprehensive, from the geology underlying the quake, through its devastating effects, to engineering solutions and preparation for natural disasters. The star of the show, however, is the remains of the high school which collapsed, around which the museum is built. Luckily the quake occurred during the night when the school was empty, otherwise there would have been carnage. Concrete floors, collapsed on each other like stacks of pancakes, and the vertical displacement visible at the running track testify to the power of the earthquake. This is an excellent museum experience.
Written January 30, 2020
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Rebecca L
Taichung, Taiwan133 contributions
Must experience
Jan 2020 • Family
We were with one foreigner and two kids there. It brought us back to the spot when it happened that night. There‘s one room where you can experience when earthquake really happens, what everything in the room could happen. Taiwan is in the earthquake stripe, a quick way to understand what earthquake is about.
Written January 5, 2020
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Tan8888
Singapore, Singapore181 contributions
Interesting Visit
Dec 2019
The museum is located about a 25 minute taxi ride from the city centre of Taichung. It may not be a majestic museum unlike some of the well-known museums, but it serves to educate one about earthquakes and showcases the actual effects of what it can do. The exhibits show a war like zone with severely damaged classrooms and school buidlings and running tracks that have been carefully preserved for educational purposes. The cost of the ticket entrance to the museum was surprisingly neligible. It is an interesting off-site visit in Taichung.
Written December 29, 2019
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murphypickle
Peyia, Cyprus350 contributions
Amazing place
Nov 2019 • Couples
A must see place. The devastation caused by the earthquake was been tastefully preserved. The experience of what the earthquake would have felt like was interesting. Helpful staff dotted around the place to assist when required. A thought provoking experience
Written November 20, 2019
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md3388
Taichung, Taiwan21 contributions
Worth a visit.
May 2019 • Family
Fun and educational place for the whole family. Kids get to see the power of the natutal disaster on the buildings. The museum is well set up.
Written November 19, 2019
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Eddie.G
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
One Of A Kind Experience
Aug 2019
Coming from Singapore where there's no natural disasters, it is really an eye opener to me. Seeing the remaining scars really makes me think back how fortunate I am.

Close to 2 hours journey from Fengjia but totally worth it. The museum showcase how the earthquake caused so much damages and reconstructions effort. Visitors can try on earthquake simulation, time may vary so do ask the front counter. Take a bit of time to read and you may gain much more of it.
Written September 21, 2019
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thelonious22
Seongnam4,290 contributions
Educational
Sep 2019
921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan is far south of town that requires a 30 minute bus ride but it ended up being a worthwhile way to spend a half day even though the museum can still use some improvements. The museum building is basically integrated into the damaged remains of a school building that suffered irreparable damages from the 1999 earthquake. Few sections of the school has been left almost untouched so visitors can get a close look at the extent of the damage caused. The displays are very thorough beginning with explanations of the scientific aspects of earthquakes then continue with Taiwanese geography with respect to the faults. A simulation room gives visitors a pretty good idea of the intensity of the quake and the visit ends with a section on reconstruction efforts. One area of improvement would be the giant theater that shows a random animation film (although still about science) when it could be a more relevant short film.
Written September 16, 2019
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Reinder B
Terschelling, The Netherlands154 contributions
Impressive
Jul 2019 • Business
Nice museum for all ages, very impressive to see all earthquake damages from the 1999 earthquake. Also for children sufficient to see. Very good museum, also for foreigners
Written July 7, 2019
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An K
Singapore, Singapore89 contributions
Great Museum
Jun 2019 • Family
Really educational for kids, especially those with no/little experience and knowledge of earthquakes

+ Guided tour by volunteers
We had Mr Zhang, a retired teacher who walked us through. His knowledge was wow, even though his explanation in Mandarin at times was beyond mine and the kids comprehension.

+ Hands on exhibits, where kids can roll/shake exhibits

It's a big place, with much to see. Enjoy and learn.
Written June 22, 2019
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921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM