Visit museums for free on Taiwan Culture Day

Ministry of Culture has designated October 17 as Taiwan Culture Day in commemoration of the Taiwanese Cultural Association.

National Museum of Taiwan History in Tainan (By Central News Agency)

Exhibition "In the same seismic zone: earthquake disasters of Taiwan and Japan in history" (Photo courtesy of National Museum of Taiwan History)

Taiwan Culture Day events (Photo courtesy of National Museum of Taiwan History)

National Museum of History (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – To celebrate Taiwan Culture Day, two national museums of history, located in Taipei and Tainan respectively, will offer free admission for all citizens on October 17.

Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) said in 2016 at an event that the ministry would designate October 17 as Taiwan Culture Day in commemoration of the birth of the Taiwanese Cultural Association (台灣文化協會).

Founded on October 17, 1921 during the Japanese colonial period, the association was influential not only in cultural affairs but also in social movements as well as political activities at that time. The association members were known for pushing forward a movement that demanded the establishment of a Taiwanese parliament under the Japanese government at the end of the 1920s.

The first museum, the National Museum of Taiwan History in Tainan City, will offer free admission on October 17 and 29 to celebrate Taiwan Culture Day and its sixth anniversary.

One of the exhibitions currently run at the museum is "In the same seismic zone: earthquake disasters of Taiwan and Japan in history", in which experiences and memories of earthquakes in both countries are put into comparison.

Apart from the ongoing exhibitions, the museum has also launched a series of events throughout October, including a speech, book event, music concert, and several guided tours, all of which are related to Taiwan's cultural and social movements in history.

For more information, please visit the museum website.

The other museum to open its door for free next Tuesday is Taipei's National Museum of History in close proximity to the city's Botanical Garden.

The museum is currently exhibiting the watercolor paintings by Taiwanese painter Dong Shaw-hwei (董小蕙) and the images by Japanese photographers Naohisa Hara (原直久). The former has been influenced by western Impressionism, and the latter is known for black-and-white photos that he has taken across different continents over decades.

For more information, please visit the museum website.