Review: Chimei Museum (奇美博物館)

Chimei Museum (奇美博物館)

A European palace in the Taiwanese countryside. The Chimei Museum is one of Tainan’s most famous attractions. The museum’s beauty attracts visitors from all over Taiwan. Which makes it a popular destination for photos. It houses the world’s largest collection of violins and other ancient weapons and artifacts.

The Chimei Museum opened as a private museum by Shi Wen-long, who is a classical violinist and the founder of the Chimei Corporation. There are special exhibitions throughout the year. For example the museum is currently hosting the Hyperrealism Art in Taiwan Exhibition at Chimei Museum Tainan.

The museum has a beautiful park, with ponds, sculptures, and other art works. Occasionally, the park will host special events like the recent Pokemon Go event. If you are interested in visiting the museum to view the permanent exhibitions, you can pre-purchase a Chimei Museum Permanent Exhibition Ticket

The museum exhibits Western art from the 13th to 20th centuries. The most abundant collections are 19th-century French paintings and sculptures. Other exhibits feature art from the Roman Empire, the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical Classical periods.

Review

I thoroughly enjoyed Chimei Museum. It has a lot of great exhibitions and paintings to see. My favorite part was the taxonomy section, it had the most exhibitions available and was interesting see the different types of fauna and animal species. The main attraction of the museum is the building itself. It truly does look like a palace. Even if you don’t plan on going inside, it is still worth stopping by just to see the building.

Recommendation: Must See

Hours

  • 9:30am – 5:30pm
  • Last booking time: 4:30 pm
  • Closed on Wednesdays, Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve, Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day, and other days announced by the Museum
  • The Museum is open daily during July and August

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