The permanent exhibition "Our Land, Our People: The Story of Taiwan" is displayed in the permanent exhibition gallery on the second floor of the Exhibition & Education Building. It is 4376.75 square meters, 85 meters in length, 40 in width and 12.5 in height.
The exhibition employing multiple historical interpretation performs various cultures and prosperous life types in Taiwan, surpassing the separated phases of dominant authorities by the longitudinal sequence of history. It represents the process of interaction of multi-ethnics and different ecological environments in such a long time, taking the land as the stage, people as main roles. The Taiwan history is of the land and its people. Movies, models, man-made scenery and articles are exhibited and categorized into 7 periods of time, "Our Land, Our People: The Story of Taiwan", "The Early Residents", "Encounters Between Disparate Cultures", "Chinese Migration to Taiwan", "Territorial Societies and Plural Cultures", "Transformations and the New Order", "Towards a Diverse, Democratic Society", "Peering into a New Century".
For the first time visitors, 60 minutes of tour are recommended. Audio tour guide device is available at the service counter on the first floor, which provides three versions of 30, 60 or 90 minutes depending on your choice of preferred time.（PERSONAL AUDIO GUIDE）
Our Land, Our People: The Story of Taiwan
By the handrail getting into the exhibition, for the first sight, a giant depiction of Taiwan people would catch you. The opening scene pinpoints Taiwan in the setting map of the whole world, of its unique ecology and multi-culture.
The Early Residents
Who is the first inhabitant living in Taiwan? How did they live? We made mini-duplicate models of three prehistoric archeological sites which exemplify three different eras at each, the Pahsientung Site for the Stone age, Kanting Site for the Neolithic Age and Ki-wu-lan Site for the Iron age. Genesis myths of indigene we represent here reveal to you how people themselves could possibly comprehend who they are and where they originate from and revert to.
Encounters Between Disparate Cultures
During the 16th and 17th centuries, the encounter between Eastern and Western countries started in Age of Discovery. And they ran across each other’s path in Taiwan, where explorers would always pass when navigating along the Eastern ship routes. With national supports, both the Dutchmen and Spaniards colonized Taiwan and established trading spots here. In addition to the Dutchmen and Spaniards, Japanese and Han Chinese also came staying in Taiwan. What have happened between the Indigenous People living in Taiwan and these latecomers as soon as they arrived here? What impact have they brought in to Taiwan? We will hark back to the time of Age of Discovery and introduce you the Dutchmen’s life above the sea. A big screen comprised of four walls will present you what was it like in that time.
Territorial Societies and Plural Cultures
From the 17th to 19th centuries, immigrants had settled in separate regions of Taiwan. Disparate natural environments and diverse hometown customs and cultures engendered a variety of community formation. Visitors will take the route along the ocean, plains, hills, towns to mountains to perceive the developments and the religion of the people. Ceremony troupe, in the same ratio as the real one, exhibits how religions bind the people to their land.
Transformations and the New Order
The first sight when visitors entering the hall will be hooked up by a model of a police station which symbolizes the dominant attitude of Japan ruling over Taiwan in the late of the 19th century to early of the 20th century. The dominated Taiwan people had adapted to the colonization, on the other hand, nationalism sprouted up as the consequence. The replica of old streets here will brings visitors back to the Japan,period, there are traditional grocery stores, kimono shops, photo studios, coffee shops and clinics. The miniature of the old Taipei Hsinmending is provided to compare with the present one.
Chinese Migration to Taiwan
Plenty of residents of Fujian and Guangdong, so-called Tangshan, had been taking on “red-head boats”, a model here replicated as the same ratio as the original one, they had been sailing over the Black Strait, present-day Taiwan strait to Taiwan in the Qing period. A lot of stories had been happening between them and the indigene from then on.
Towards a Diverse, Democratic Society
The society of Taiwan has gradually transformed into a democratic society after WWII, when Japan retreated and the KMT government took the charge. The rebuilding setting gives trail of over 60 years of economy development, societal transformation and the process of becoming a democratic society.
Peering into a New Century
What will be the future of Taiwan in the eyes of children? For the end of tour, there are two films releasing, “Letters to Taiwan from Children” and “Humanity & Nature of Taiwan” in the theatre which contains up to the limit of 50 people.