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History of the Museum
Shadow plays were introduced to southern Taiwan from Chaozhou, mainland China more than 300 years ago. Currently, Kaohsiung City has become an important base for the shadow play genre in Taiwan. However, from the beginning of the 1980s, this art form has gradually waned. Fortunately, the government understood the importance of protecting and promoting the cultural heritage of this folk art, and with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture it began the Shadow Play Museum project in 1989 with the hope of preserving this local traditional culture. The design chart of the building was completed in 1990, construction took place from 1991 to 1993, and the museum officially opened on March 13, 1994.

The hardware and facilities of the museum had not been upgraded to conform to modern standards since its establishment in 1994. The traditional performance cannot catch the current trend. Furthermore, Typhoon Fanapi did severe damage to the museum in September 2010. Therefore, the museum was closed for re-construction and reopened in March 2012 featuring a new look.

The new Shadow Play Museum is equipped with many up-to-date technological facilities to help visitors to interpret and better appreciate this traditional art and its place in Taiwanese culture. The new display content and re-designed experience not only promotes traditional culture but also allows the museum to hold puppet play study camps, competitions and national tours as well as develop traditional troupes. Puppet shows are also held regularly in the museum for people who love watching shadow plays. In addition, the museum also further emphasizes shadow play education and experimentation and seeks paths to future innovation.

Major Historical Milestones of the Museum
1986
Under the instruction of the Ministry of Culture, Executive Yuan and the Department of Education, Taiwan Provincial Government, the Kaohsiung County Government started planning the museum with an emphasis on local characteristics. The result is the current Shadow Play Museum.


1987
The plan for the Shadow Play Museum was proposed to the Ministry of Culture.

1988
The Ministry of Culture commissioned Pro. Chiu Kun-liang to plan and design the museum.

1989
Pro. Chiu finished designing the museum. His next project involved starting the preparatory work for important folk arts education projects assigned by the Ministry of Education, employing Zhang De-cheng, head of the Donghua Shadow Play Troupe, as a folk arts teacher who was responsible for the design and instruction of the folk arts courses. Furthermore, Zhang Xin-guo, Zhang Ying-jiao, and Zhang Bo-guo were chosen to be assistants who implemented the folk arts education curriculum from July 1, 1991 to June 30, 1994.

1990
The museum raised funds for the construction of necessary hardware and new educational and operational software.

1991
The museum planned a hardware construction design and software project.

1992
The museum completed the hardware construction and software upgrade.

1993
The museum completed the software upgrade in time for the museum to open.

1994
The museum was officially opened to the public.

2010
The museum closed to repair the damage caused by Typhoon Fanapi and rebuild parts of the museum.

2012
The museum was re-opened to the public in March.
No. 42, Gangshan S. Rd.,Gangshan District,
Kaohsiung City 82060, Taiwan(Museum Hours)
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