Hsinchu Cultural Affairs Bureau Image Museum was built in 1933. Initially called “Hsinchu Municipal Theater” it was the first theater with air conditioning in Taiwan. After Retrocession in 1945, it was renamed “Kuomin Theater” and it was one of the most important entertainment spots in the city. As times changed, its fortunes declined and it was idle for a number of years. The tireless efforts of local people led to its renovation in 2000. Renamed “Image Museum”, the museum now exhibits the development of the image entertainment business in Xinzhu over the past 100 years. It also has a small theater which serves as venue for art and cultural performances and periodical screenings of old films. Visitors are taken on a trip back to the heydays film-making in Taiwan.
Kuomin Theater: Has 118 electric-powered seats and shows a variety of films.
Image Artifact Display Area: Has a series of image exhibitions that take viewers behind the scenes and trace the history of Taiwan’s theaters and films.
Multi-Function Audio-Visual Room: Provides VHS, DVD, VCD and online film showing equipment. Community film discussion and exchange activity are regularly held here.
Hsinchu Chenghuang Temple: This temple is located in central Hsinchu. It has a traditional architectural style and exquisite carvings and is the spiritual center of the local people. The stalls outside the temple are a convenient and offer low-priced snack foods such as meat ball (gong wan) soup, fried rice noodles, and other local specialties.
Route 1: Image Museum → East Gate Plaza → SOGO Department Store Business District → Hsinchu Railway Station (historic site)
Route 2: Image Museum → Chenghuang Temple → Snack Foods Market → Beimen Street (old Western-style buildings)
How to Get There
Public Transport: Train to Hsinchu → Zhongzheng Rd. → museum (15 ~ 20 min.)
Self-Drive: Freeway 1 → Hsinchu Interchange → Guangfu Rd. to city center →Dongda Elevated Road → First Exit → turn left into Zhongyang Rd. → turn left into Zhongzheng Rd. → museum
Image Museum of Hsinchu City
Wed ~ Sun, 9:30 am ~ 12 noon; 1:30 pm ~ 5 pm; 6:30 pm ~ 9 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Adults NT$20, Concession Tickets NT$10 (general film screenings); Adults NT$100, Concession Tickets NT$80 (special film screenings)