“My museum serves only one purpose : to exist for the public.”
─ Chi Mei Group Founder Wen-Long Shi
Founder of the Chi Mei Group, Mr. Wen-Long Shi, was very fond of his childhood visits to a local museum that he was inspired to build a museum for everyone to enjoy. The museum was first established and housed in the administration building of the Chi Mei Corporation in 1992, relocated to the Tainan Metropolitan Park in 2014, and reopened in 2015. The museum is here so that people of all ages and social backgrounds can have easy access to Western culture and arts without having to travel abroad.
The collection at Chimei Museum consists mainly of Western art, musical instruments, arms and armour, animal taxidermy and fossils, exhibiting approximately 4000 items, which is about one third of the complete Chimei collection. Founder Shi expressed that, “Good works of art are not to be kept just for oneself to enjoy, but to be shared with the public; and a good collection should not reflect just the collector’s personal tastes, but to tailor to common tastes and have enough varieties for everyone to find something to enjoy and appreciate.”
Displays paintings from 13th to 20th century, illustrating the evolution of Western Art history.
Assembles artworks of Rodin, his teachers, contemporaries, and assistants, presenting artistic environment at the time of Rodin.
Natural History & Fossils
Displays animal taxidermy and fossils from all five continents, exhibiting the evolution and variety of nature.
Musical Instruments - The Violin Exhibit Room
Displays selected masterpieces from the famous Chimei violin collection of various family lines and regions of violin makers.
Demonstrates diversity and advancement of musical instruments in various cultures through folk musical instruments, mechanical musical instruments, and our highly appraised “Walk-in Orchestra.”
Displays sculptures from Ancient Greco-Roman Period to 20th century, presenting the chronology of history in view.
Arms & Armour
Exhibits arms and armour to show advancement of technology and determining winning factors in critical battles.