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Vision of the Museum

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Since its opening in November 2004, Gold Museum (hereinafter referred to as the Museum) is the first museum in Taiwan based on the concept of “eco-museum”. With this vision, the Museum has been striving to combine the strengths of the community in order to preserve the precious natural ecology, mining sites, landscape, historic memories and cultural heritage of Jinguashi and Shuinandong areas.

New Taipei City’s project “Cultural Vision 2030”, with "New Aesthetics" as its core, has launched five aesthetic corridors. Among these, Gold Museum is located in “Mining Culture of the Gold Town" aesthetic corridor, and has set the vision "100-year-old landscape; sustainable environment" in 2020, with two goals, four strategies and twelve implementation plans to build a beautiful mountain town.

The objectives of these two projects are "preservation, revitalization, and value enhancement" and "cultural re-creation of the beautiful mountain town", which are described as follows:

1.Preservation, revitalization, and value enhancement

The Museum is located in Jinguashi settlement, bordered by Shuinandong to the north and Jiufen to the west. The area is rich in gold and copper minerals due to volcanic action, forming a beautiful geological environment of "mine mountain".

The local mining industry has been developed since 1897, and until 1987 when Taiwan Metal Mining Corporation. ceased mining, with a total of nearly 100 years of mining history. Thus, many tunnels, ropeways, buildings and other relics in Jinguashi and Shuinandong areas have been left, as well as many precious historical materials. All of these need to be preserved and revitalized so that they can continue to demonstrate their value and be carried on sustainably.

2.Cultural re-creation of the beautiful mountain town

Under the principle of preserving and revitalizing the humanities and landscape of the mining industry, the Museum also tries to combine mining elements with diversified art forms, so that the cold and detached mining theme or heritage can be fused with a warm atmosphere of art and aesthetics, leading to the participation of the community and attracting more understanding and longer stay of visitors. Through art and cultural re-creation, a brand new aesthetic corridor of mining will be recreated, and a bright mountain town will be presented.