National Cheng Kung University Museum

Welcome to National Cheng Kung University Museum


In 1999, Mr. Po-Yih Hsu expressed his willingness to donate his collection of historical artifacts to the University. President Cheng-I Weng and Vice President Hung-Shan Weng were inspired to establish a university museum to integrate Mr. Hsu’s donation with the existing collections on campus, such like ancient locks and mechanical artifacts collected by Professor Hong-Sen Yan in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, fossils and mineral samples in the Department of Earth Science and the Department of Resources Engineering, animal and botanical samples in the Department of Life Sciences, historical artifacts in the Department of History, and works of calligraphy and painting in the College of Liberal Arts. Hence, a museum promotion task force was formed in July 1999 and officially operated from February 1, 2000 to plan for the collection and exhibition of precious artifacts to be donated by Mr. Po-Yih Hsu and prepare for the museum as a first-level unit in the University’s organization.
In the autumn of 2000, Mr. Po-Yih Hsu donated to the University 2,412 pieces of precious artifacts, including 1,823 pottery and ceramics, 202 stone sculptures, 112 wood sculptures, 102 puppets, 115 religious paintings, 21 bamboo woven handicraft articles, 3 ironware items, 2 plastic items, and 1 tin item.  Toward the end of 2003, the former administrative building on Cheng Kung Campus, a historical site constructed during the Japanese occupation period (1895-1945), was allocated as the museum’s office and exhibition space. In the spring of 2005, the museum’s Pre-Opening Office was officially instituted.  A professional research team consisted of professors from different departments carried out in-depth research projects on a total of 516 items of wood sculpture, puppetry, pottery and ceramics, and stone lions selected from Mr. Po-Yih Hsu’s donation. On November 11, 2006, NCKU Museum was officially opened, in line with the celebration events of the University’s 76th anniversary.

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