About the Museum


Interior View, Chimei Museum
Interior View, Chimei Museum
Photo courtesy of the Chimei Museum

Interior View, Chimei Museum

Interior View, Chimei Museum
Exterior View, Chimei Museum

Exterior View, Chimei Museum

Interior View, Chimei Museum
Photo courtesy of the Chimei Museum

Interior View, Chimei Museum

Interior View, Chimei Museum

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.”

Collection Highlights


Armour "O-Yoroi"
Mechanical Piano with Three Violins

Antoine-Louis Barye

Theseus Fighting the Centaur Bianor

Thomas Cooper Gotch

The Message

Hans Makart

Four Allegories of Music
Chimei Museum: Collection Highlights
Armour "O-Yoroi", c.1725
, 95 x 107 x 170 cm
Courtesy of the Chimei Museum
Japanese
Mechanical Piano with Three Violins, c.1924
, 190 x 81 x 269 cm
Courtesy of the Chimei Museum
Hupfeld Musikwerke Phonoliszt-Violina, Leipzig, Germany

Antoine-Louis Barye

Theseus Fighting the Centaur Bianor, 1860
bronze, 51 x 111 x 128 cm
Courtesy of the Chimei Museum

Thomas Cooper Gotch

The Message, 1903
oil on canvas, 84.4 cm diameter
Courtesy of the Chimei Museum

Hans Makart

Four Allegories of Music, 1871-1873
oil on canvas, 504 x 450 cm
Courtesy of the Chimei Museum
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