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Chi Mei opens branch of museum


Chi Mei Corp president Shi Wen-lung (許文龍) yesterday opened a new branch of his Chi Mei Museum (奇美博物館) at the factory site of Chi Mei Electronics Corp (奇美電子) located in the Tainan Science and Industrial Park.

The main Chi Mei Museum, located in Tainan County, was established in 1990.

The new branch at the industrial park will be home to more than 500 exhibits -- including weapons, taxidermic animals, Western paintings and sculptures, as well as fossils and artifacts unearthed during the construction of the park.

The discovery of ancient relics on the site of the country's second science and technology-based park has been the subject of controversy since the Executive Yuan approved the project in February 1995.

Since 1995, archaeologists have unearthed thousands of artifacts at different locations inside the park, offering archaeologists a clearer picture of life in Taiwan up to 6,000 years ago.

The collections on exhibit at the new Chi Mei Museum are mainly from two archaeological dig points, Sanbaozhu (三抱竹) and Tabenkeng (大坌坑). Shi said that he hoped the museum will provide people with knowledge of an important historical period in Taiwan.

Although some artifacts at the branch are in fact reproductions, Shi said, the museum will teach people of Taiwan's 6,000-year history.

In addition to Chi Mei Electronics Corp (奇美電子), science park officials said that other firms, including major chipmakers United Microelectronics Corp (聯華電子) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (台積電), had expressed willingness to build museums in order to preserve historic artifacts unearthed at the park.

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