Guishan Military Dependents' Village Museum(眷村故事館)
Preserved within the museum is the unique history of military dependents' villages. The main focus is on its people and items on display. Through cultural analysis, it guides visitors on a tour to learn more about military dependents' villages. It is the museum's hope that by remembering the past, this important part of Guishan's history will reemerge. Therefore, the entire museum building has been preserved without removing any of the original structure; additional sections have been added to re-create the original military dependents' village cultural environment.
For the museum displays, apart from displaying the documents and historical records collected in recent years from Guishan through films and audio tracks, to allow visitors to experience the authentic lifestyle of a military dependents' village, even more unique are the "story boxes" designed by the organizer. The "story boxes" can be folded and moved around so that each person and each treasured story can be presented in its own exhibition space. In addition to having guided tours within the museum, each themed area also has interactive games related to military dependents' villages for visitors to participate in, allowing visitors to learn more about the village's history while having a great time.
Apart from the realistic displays of the culture within the military dependents' village, every year around November and December, the "military dependents' village cultural festival" is hosted here. Activities include authentic village cuisine, documentaries from the past, group performances, fun fair, DIY handcrafting activities, and story recordings, allowing visitors of all ages from different backgrounds to experience the true meaning of living in a military dependents' village. Just like at the beginning, when we first set foot into this strange village to record the stories of these village residents, we suddenly realized that we have become a part of each other's lives and gained so many new families in Guishan. Now "Guishan Military Dependents' Village Museum" is the home we have found for the stories of these village residents, we welcome everyone to come and listen to the stories of Guishan, and the stories about the families living in the village, and share these stories with the people of Guishan, people from all over the world, and people from the next generation so that the culture of a military dependents' village can live on.
- Introductory Lecture
- Bus Station
Manned by enthusiastic staffApparently very few foreign visitors are interested in this old house. Staff were enthusiastic and tried so hard to explain the history. There are tons of memorabilia from Kuomintang times. They let my kids play with the antique toys and organ. My boys were fascinated by the music played by vinyl records.
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