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Opening Hours 9:00-17:00

Taiwan in the Eyes of a Western Traveler--John Thomson’s Footprints in Formosa
John Thomson(1837-1921)is regarded as a pioneering photographer in the 19th century. He traveled to Far East, documenting the portraits, landscapes and eastern cultures profoundly through his lens and these photographs have become precious historical records. Although John Thomson only stayed in Taiwan for a few days, the images and notes he left are valuable historical materials for the research into Taiwan in the 1870s.His story could be comparable to Shen Bao-zhen, one of the figures in 「Traveling in Time」Exhibition. They were the travelers who came to Taiwan in the same time period. Through their stories, we can learn how they interpret Formosa in the 19th century.
“Traveling in Time” Exhibition is opened on August 29th, 2013


To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Institution of Taiwan History (ITH), the ITH and the Academia Sinica Digital Center have jointly organized the “Traveling in Time” Special Exhibition.

The exhibition contains the colorful lives of notable historical figures, dating from the 1860s to 1960s. Selected individuals, include: Baozhen Shen (Ching Dynasty Officialdom), Chihu Hsu (Lukang family-run business trader), the Chen family (operated a family-run Nagasaki Tai-Eki Trading Company), Kazue Tsutsumibayashi (international entrepreneur), Tokusaburou Miyoshi (tea trader), Chenpo Chen (painter), Tzemei Kao (pianist), Hsientang Lin (anti-colonialism reformer), Jhaojia Yang (nationalist activist), and Kiyoshi Hasegawa (Taiwan Sōtokufu Governor). The selected materials for this exhibition include family letters, photographs, personal diaries, private manuscripts, and certificates. Except for still images and paper documents, interactive multimedia activities are offered in the exhibition hall.

These exhibited items were collected through contributions of various donors from different corners of the world, from which memories about Taiwan could be re-explored. These historical elements depict trading networks in Taiwan and beyond, featuring intellectuals' campaigns for reform, and nostalgic expressions from those who were far away from home. We are warmly inviting you to trace the footsteps of sojourners, local inhabitants, in and out of Taiwan and its offshore islands, throughout different time frames, while rediscovering precious memories that belong to this land.

  • Dates:
    Thursday, August 29, 2013 - Wednesday, December 25, 2013
  • Opening times:
    9:00-17:00 (Monday - Friday)
  • Website:
  • Special Open Days:
    09:00- 17:00 every first Saturday of the month (September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7)
  • Venue:
    2F, Joint Library of Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica, No.128, Sec.2, Academia Road, Nangang District, Taipei City
  • Organizers:
    Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica; Academia Sinica Digital Center
  • Co-organizer:
    The Archives of Institute of Taiwan History
  • Free guided tours (available through booking):
    Ms. Yu-Wen Lin
    Tel. +886-2-26525277
    Email. betty168@gate.sinica.edu.tw
    Booking online. http://digiarch.sinica.edu.tw

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