Beitou Hot Spring Museum 北投溫泉博物館
Originally built in 1913 by the Japanese, today's museum is managed exclusively by residents of the area, giving visitors a chance to experience this Grade 3 historical monument.
Entrance to the community-run museum is free.
The museum is closed for renovations, and is scheduled to reopen on 27 October, 2018.
The design is based upon the Mount Izu Hot Spring Bath in Japan, and is reminiscent of a European/Roman bath house decorated with arcades and stained glass. The building's exterior is built in a Victorian style, with the first floor built from brick and second floor from wood.
Visitors enter from Zhongshan Road on the 2ND floor, and are requested to remove shoes and change to slippers (provided by the museum). Sights on the 2ND floor include an exhibit about the reconstruction and preservation of the museum, an exhibit showcasing Beitou's impact on Taiwanese cinema, the youth of Beitou, a multimedia auditorium, and a balcony for visitors to explore and view Beitou Creek.
In the centre of the second floor is the Tatami Lobby, a Japanese-style multipurpose room with sliding paper doors around the perimeter and tatami mats covering the floor. Guests are invited to relax here.
Following the one-way path of the museum, visitors are directed downstairs to the 1ST floor. Exhibits include the discovery of hokutolite, a rare mineral found only in Beitou and Akita County, Japan, a special exhibition area, and an exhibit detailing the geological landscape and development of the Beitou Hot Springs.
The Hot Spring Arcade and Big Bath are also located on the first floor. At 9 metres long and 6 metres wide, the bath was designed to evoke the feelings and simulate the environment of an ancient Roman bath. The arcade area around the bath is very elegant as it is home to many beautiful stained glass works.
The Beitou Hot Spring Museum is located in the Beitou Hot Springs (北投溫泉) area.
Take the Red Line 2 to Beitou (北投), then change to the Xinbeitou branch (新北投). After arriving at Xinbeitou, walk straight out of the station and along Zhongshan Road (中山路). The museum will be on the right side.
Shoes are not permitted to be worn inside the museum, and slippers are provided for temporary use while visiting.
The museum operates along a one-way path.
Visitors are encouraged to also visit the Ketagalan Culture Center (凱達格蘭文物館), a Taiwanese Aboriginal culture centre and museum located across the street. Entrance is also free.