History of the Museum

The Academia Sinica was established in 1928, and the field of ethnic studies was promoted by its first president, Mr. Tsai Yuan-Pei. The newly-created ethnic studies group was initially a subsidiary of the Institute of Social Sciences. Ethnology as an academic field began to develop on a national level at that time. In 1934, the Department of Ethnology left the Institute of Social Sciences to merge with the Anthropology Department of the Institute of History and Philology. The Academia Sinica moved to Taiwan in 1949, and in 1954 became permanently located in Nangang. It was at this time the founding of an Institute of Ethnology was proposed.
The preparatory office of the Institute of Ethnology began functioning in 1955. In December of that year the Director of the preparatory office, Dr. Ling Shun-sheng, led an expedition to Tjaljaqavus Village, currently Laiyi village in Pingtong county, to conduct research on Paiwan culture and collect ethnographic data and artifacts. The research team consisted of, among others, Li Yi-yuan, Jen Shien-min and Li Hwei. The data and material collected by this group of scholars formed the beginning of our museum’s collection. The next year saw the creation of a special room dedicated to the display of these specimens, providing opportunities for academic study.

Opening Hours

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The museum is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9:30 to 16:30, free for admission. It is closed on national holidays and long holiday weekends. (Should it be necessary for the museum to close at any other time, announcements will be posted here at least one week before. Thank you for your understanding.) 

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Visitor Service:
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Kuo-Ting Hsu
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Collection & Preservation:
Shan-Hui Hsu
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Wen-Chuan Yang
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