Gaoshan Museum is the museum for ethnic groups in Taiwan. It composed of nine villages that symbolize the environment of minority community in Taiwan Island. The villages are exact replica of traditional buildings of ethnic groups. The branch museum was founded in 1992 and open to the public in June 1994.
Museum of ethnic groups in Taiwan was built by minority craftsmen according to their traditional customs and construction technology. It consists of traditional dwellings for Ami, Paiwan and Yam.
There are buildings with specific features, namely, the Atayal watchtower, commander station and cereal stock of Lukai, barton of Puyuma, club of Zou, head skeleton of Zou, boat house of Yam, water stage of Bunun, fisher of Yam, carving of Paiwan and the bridge for boat summer contest. The planning of the site was designed in a combination of mountain, plain and gulf environment. It covers a ground area about 6,000 square meters and the construction area is about 600 square meters.
Indoor and outdoor displays of the museum are live settings of traditional production and lifestyle of ethnic groups. Exhibit items are collected from countryside of Taiwan islands. The time span of the collection covers from Qing Dynasty (1616-1911) to modern times, about three hundred years of history.
Location of Gaoshan Museum: North Park