The Lanyang Museum is a local County museum complex, focused on Yilan as the main theme; the museum exhibits the diversity of local ecology and culture, forming a cultural window of Yilan.
The museum, which bears the expectations of the people of Yilan, was the inspiration of a group of local personalities. They advocated establishing a museum at the historical site of Wushi Harbor- this First Harbor of Yilan in Toucheng Town to commemorate and preserve its profound historical and cultural significance for the people of Yilan.
Therefore, the Yilan County Government created the Museum Preparatory Committee in 1992. In 1994 and 1996, the NMNS and National Taiwan University Building and Planning Research Foundation were commissioned to complete the Overall Planning and the Software/Hardware Detail Planning and Design Project, which formed the basic blueprint for the Lanyang Museum. Thereafter, the construction project was approved by the Executive Yuan in 1999, with a budget jointly supported by the Central and County Government on a 50-50 basis.
The design stage lasted 3~4 years; after repeated reviews and corrections, the architectural design and exhibit designs were completed. Various projects were outsourced to contractors, during which the construction experienced difficulties due to a rise in commodity prices, bankruptcy of contractors, insufficient budget etc. Finally, through teamwork and assistance from all parties, the museum was eventually inaugurated on October 16, 2010.
The architecture of the museum was designed by Artech Architects led by Kris Yao, which was inspired by the Single-sided Mountain(Cuesta) commonly seen along the Beiguan Coast; the mountains are steep on the one wing and relatively gentle on the other. The roof and the floor forms an included angle of 20 degrees, while the peak of the wall forms a 70 degree angle with the ground, as though the structure is growing exuberantly from the earth.
The museum’s address is No.750, Sec.3, Qinyun Rd., Toucheng Town, Yilan County.
If you are driving: For residents of Yilan, when arriving in Toucheng, drive along the provincial highway northwards and you will see the museum on the right hand side. If you are coming from Taipei, it is recommended to take National Highway No.5 (through Xueshan Tunnel), take the Toucheng Interchange and head towards Toucheng; you will see the sign for the Lanyang Museum. The journey takes roughly 1 hour if there is no traffic congestion.
Alternatively, you may take the train to Toucheng Train Station, then walk for 20 minutes or take the free shuttle bus from Toucheng to the museum.
The museum’s exhibitions are divided into three sections, namely Permanent Exhibitions, Special Exhibitions and Kids’ Land.
Permanent exhibitions: Through the creation of environmental ambiance, Yilan’s natural and cultural characteristics are introduced using models, audio/video presentation, images and ecological landscapes. Water is used as the main theme to connect the Mountains, Plains and the Ocean, with the Time Gallery wrapping up the historical retrospect.
Special exhibitions:Different themes are used to present Yilan’s natural ecology and cultural content. The special exhibition room of the museum is located on 1F of the museum, admission is free, and everyone is welcome to visit.
Kid’s Land:The exhibits present the characteristic resources of the ocean near Yilan; children may enhance their knowledge of marine ecology through interactive games, and cultivate nature conservation concepts as well as actively explore knowledge in a fun way. Suitable for children between the age of 6~12.
Thursday–Tuesday 9:00-17:00 (ticket sales: 09:00-16:30)
Closed on every Wednesday (open on national holidays), Chinese New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year’s day, and other publicly announced closings.
The tickets for the permanent exhibitions in the museum are: Adults (NT$100 per person), groups (NT$80 per person, more than 20 people are required), students (NT$50 per person, student ID required), County citizen (NT$30 per person), student groups (NT$30 per person for student groups of more than 20 people, student ID required), free (holders of a disability certificate may be accompanied by one person; people under the height of 115cm or children under the age of six; senior citizens above 65 years old by producing ID).
The special exhibition tickets are subject to announcements by the museum. The Special Exhibition Room is on 1F, everyone is welcome to visit. The ticket counter is inside the 1F lobby, for groups of more than 20 visitors, please queue at the lobby entrance and enter after you receive a hand stamp by our staff, group leaders are required to pay at the counter.
The exhibitions may take between 1.5~2 hours; we suggest you go outside the museum after visiting the exhibitions and look over to Wushi Harbor and Guishan Island to imagine the heyday of the region, where boats gathered in the thousands. You may also follow the wooden trail to admire the swaying wetland plantation and the natural scenery of water birds taking a rest.
The museum provides regular guided tours and free audio guided tour equipment. Reservation in advance is required for groups; please refer to the website for reservation details.
In addition, one may download the museum brochure from the Downloads section on the website (three versions available: Chinese, English and Japanese).
Apart from the exhibit descriptions, the museum also offers videos and virtual guide for the general public to learn related knowledge. The virtual guide may be browsed in the Permanent Exhibitions section on the website.
The museum also features relevant publications that may be browsed on the Collections & Publications section of the website.
The permanent exhibitions incorporate 1F to 4F, and you may enter through the stairs opposite the 1F ticket counter; the special exhibitions and Kid’s Land are all located on the 1F.
Besides the exhibition spaces, the museum also features the historical site of Wushi Harbor, which offers an ideal setting for the public to relax and enjoy the outdoors. One may also go out to sea to admire whales or purchase fresh seafood at the nearby Wushi Fishing Harbor.
Disabled visitors, visitors with strollers or wheelchairs should enter via the exit of the permanent exhibition and take the elevator to 4F. Each floor is accessible via the elevator; disabled visitors may take the elevator downstairs after visiting.
Please register at the 1F service counter to borrow wheelchairs or strollers.
The museum is located in the First City of Kailan, Toucheng; after visiting the museum, it is advised to tour the Toucheng Old Street. There are also private recreational destinations such as Beiguan Farm (Beiguan Crab Museum), Toucheng Farm. For people who enjoy extreme sports, the nearby North Embankment of Wushi Harbor, Shuangshi and Honeymoon Bay are popular surfing locations; there are also paragliding activities along the Waiao region.