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Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines

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Address: No. 282, Sec. 2, Zhishan Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei 11143, Taiwan
Name/address in local language
Phone Number:
+886 2 841 2611
09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines was officially opened in June 1994...

Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines was officially opened in June 1994 as an ethnology museum that is dedicated to promoting mutual understanding between different ethnic groups, through research, preservation and exhibition of the material culture of Taiwan indigenous peoples. Through various educational activities, we hope to recall the wordless history and present the multi-cultural phases of Taiwan.

The main displays of the museum introduce the natural environment of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples, their daily utensils, clothing and personal decoration, ritual objects and religious life. Films shown in the museum offer an understanding of the present conditions of the life of Taiwan indigenous peoples. Special indigenous-themed exhibitions, which are expected to be the urban window to tribal culture, are held at regular intervals in the special exhibition room located on the B1 floor.

The establishment of the museum was based on “What is taken from the community is to be used for the good of the community,” the creed of the founder, Chairman Safe. C.F. Lin. He donated his personal collection of Taiwanese indigenous artifacts acquired over many years to the museum only to share with the public. By doing so, Chairman Lin hoped to achieve his ideal, “Love our land; cherish our cultures,” which has been the goal of Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines that would require people of all ethnicities to accomplish. We look forward to your encouragement and advice.

Visit Information

Hours: Open daily from 09:00 a.m. to 17:00 p.m., Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed on Mondays and Chinese New Year’s Vacation.

※ Bookings of guided tours are accepted at least 2 weeks in advance. For groups with more than 20 people, a 20% discount of admission is offered.

※The timed guided tour in Mandarin is offered at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

※ Audio guide and tablet guide in Mandarin, English, and Japanese are available for rent at the Information Desk on the first floor.


Regular: NT$150

Student & Aborigine: NT$100

The Disabled & Senior over 65: NT$75

The Joint Ticket with the National Palace Museum: NT$320

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Interesting and Informative Museum

Relatively small compared to the very large National Museum a short distance away. Nice collection of artifacts, clothing, photos well displayed and with English explanations for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 December 2016
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Taipei, Taiwan
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is big. It has potential. But unfortunately there are too few artefacts on display. The museum shop has more stuff than the museum collection. If you are already somehow familiar with the aboriginal culture in the region absolutely don't bother. Very few pictures. I was hoping for a nice movie. The woman at the ticket desk have me... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Relatively small compared to the very large National Museum a short distance away. Nice collection of artifacts, clothing, photos well displayed and with English explanations for the non-native speaker. Very interesting and well done presentation of the aboriginal cultures. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

One of our principal reasons for visiting Taiwan was to learn more about the Aboriginal tribes and this provided an excellent foundation on which we were able to build additional experiences.

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Northborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Wonderful museum, gives a great over view of the original inhabitants of the Island. Well worth a visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Across the street from the overcrowded National Palace Museum, the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines is a hidden gem that showcases the true history of Taiwan. The exhibits were breathtaking and the stories were enchanting. I reckon that all visitors to Taiwan should visit this place at least once to truly understand the people and culture that inhabited this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

We would not try to see both this and the National Palace Museum on the same day. Each has so very much to offer and you will not want to short-change either.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

Lovely small museum which presents artifacts and history accessibly. Just a block from the National Palace Museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

Taiwan has just recently begun to acknowledge and value what it now recognizes, based on ethnographic and linguistic studies, the 16 aboriginal tribes that existed well before Chiang Kai-Shek forever changed the face of this beautiful island country. While the Palace Museum, across the street, is filled with Chinese art, this museum houses what we were told is a collection... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

Very well organised museum with good information also in English, see the videos before visiting. It is particularly informative for people interested in ethnology and gives you good background info for visiting other parts of Taiwan.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

I warmly recommend this museum if interested to the origins of Taiwan and its aboriginal population. The exhibition shows several aspects of the natives' lives: houses, traditions, clothing, rituals, spirituality. A very interesting and well structured exhibition.

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