The Taipei Astronomical Museum is the place to go in Taipei to learn more about the mysteries of the universe. The museum boasts Asia's biggest planetarium. Housed under a striking 35-meter diameter golden dome, the planetarium can seat 325 people and performs its wizardry over a 180-degree semicircular screen with the help of an IMAX projector and ZEISS planetarium system. Seats are inclined at 25~30 degrees to make you feel as if you are up with the stars.
First floor displays introduce ancient astronomy, the Earth, and space and science technologies. On the second floor, visitors can learn more about celestial spheres and constellations and the solar system. And telescopes, observatories the exhibits on the stars, the Milky Way and galaxies are located on the third floor. PDA guide services are also available. The top floor is occupied by two observatories and a radio telescope. The second observatory is open during the day and on Saturday nights from 19:00 to 21:00. It is also open during solar and lunar eclipses, the Chinese Valentines Day (the seventh day of the seventh lunar month), Mid-Autumn Festival, and other special astronomical days.
- Art and Cultural Centers Family Activities 101 Highlights
- Guiding Service
- Family、Campus teaching
- Suggested Months for Visiting
- All year
- Phone Number
- No.363, Jihe Rd., Shilin Dist., Shilin Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
Services & Facilities
- Lost and found
- Broadcast Service
Lack of English signageSpeaking and reading only English, I was disappointed to discover that I could only understand a couple of areas in this facility - one of them designed for kids. I suspect that those with an understanding of Mandarin would really enjoy the exhibits.
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Good rainy day activityThis seemed like an excellent rainy day activity. I've been to Taipei countless times before, so I finally got to see this interesting place. One caution: Almost everything, except some exhibit titles, is in Chinese. The best part of my visit was the outstanding IMAX presentation, with English soundtrack on earphones. There are several different shows, as well as an occasional planetarium show every day, but all are extra cost, although only NTD 100, about US$1.65 for each show. Transportation is very easy. The MRT Jiantan station is about 1.3 km easy walk, passing the famous Shi Lin night market, that also has some daytime activity. Several bus lines make the trip.
Eye opening experience for young children (and parents)Took our 6 y.o son to TAM who is fond of space adventure stories. He was very pleased with the interactive games, the 3D film in the IMAX theatre about the journey to space. And most exciting for us was the cosmic adventure in "Return Capsule" like ride. Highly educational as entertaining. Well worth a visit.
Great educational experience for kids and adultsOn the day of our visit, the main exhibition hall and other exhibits to the right of the entrance were closed to visitors. If the new exhibits they are installing there are as good as the ones we were able to see, this museum will be a must-see for anyone with an interest in astronomy or cosmology. The domed IMAX cinema is a great experience with a choice of movies to see. The film we saw concerned space exploration and concluded with a planetarium-type exhibit projected on the dome. Explanations were given in Mandarin Chinese. The film was dubbed in Chinese too. My Chinese learning still has a long way to go and I could not understand what was being said. Nevertheless, I was easily able to discern what the narrative was about from the sequence of images. The back three rows of the cinema have translation earphones, but unfortunately at my seat, the audio was not working. There were a range of high quality, static, moving and video exhibits available to view. The majority of those were presented in Chinese and English texts. I was very impressed with the way visual content and moving models were used to convey important concepts with strong educational impact. The exhibits included a moving model of the solar system (not to scale of course), a model of the celestial sphere, an interactive flow chart of the life-cycle of stars, an interactive Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, a number of activities for young children, and various other exhibits. We also attended the free telescope viewing in the evening and had a wonderful view of Jupiter and three of its moons. That required standing in a queue in order to view the planet for about one minute - but it was worth the wait! I was surprised at the clarity of the image despite the atmospheric haze that always seems to be present in Taipei and the presence of so much city light. We were so inspired by that viewing that we later set up my smaller telescope on the roof of a Taipei apartment building and managed to get a good view of Saturn and Mars. I am looking forward to visiting again when the new exhibits open to the public.
cheap entrance feeIt has minimal English but if you happen to be in the neighbourhood with some time to spare, it's a good choice because of the cheap entrance fee (NT40 per adult and NT20 per child in April 2016).
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