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Taipei, Taiwan National Taiwan Museum/Land Bank Exhibition Hall


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Although I've been to Taiwan many times, it never occurred to me to visit their natural history museum until my last trip in late 2019. Most travelers will start in the capital city, Taipei, which is home to the National Taiwan Museum. Unfortunately, it was undergoing extensive remodeling so there wasn't much to see in terms of fossils at the main building. Across the street is the Land Bank Exhibition Hall (LBEH). Entrance to the LBEH is included in the price of admission to the National Taiwan Museum (around $1).  

 

The suggested walking path through the LBEH is essentially a walk through geologic time, beginning with Cambrian fossils:

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and some neat models:

 

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Unfortunately, none of the Paleozoic or Mesozoic fossils were found in Taiwan. However, there is a wealth of Cenozoic fossils.

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Particularly from the Pleistocene Penghu offshore deposits.

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Lastly, don't forget to stop at the cafe where you can gaze at the dinos with your desserts:

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There's also a 2-story gift shop on your way out, they certainly know how to please the children!

 

There's some impressive displays, but this is not Taiwan's largest fossil museum. That would be located near the city of Tainan at the Zuojhen Fossil Park, which will have to be the subject of another post!

 

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Very nice indeed, thanks for sharing these photos of a place I'm unlikely ever to visit. :)

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Some really neat stuff in there.  Thanks for all the pictures. 

 

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Nice report! Thanks for sharing it.  :) 

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