Dr. Hans-Martin Hinz, chairman of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), led an eight-member delegation of the International Committee for Regional Museums (ICR) under the ICOM to visit the National Museum of Taiwan History in Tainan City on Oct. 28.
Upon their visit, Dr. Hinz, ICR Secretary-general Jean Aase, and fellow ICR representatives were deeply impressed by the photovoltaic solar-panel cloud walls in the lobby of the museum and spoke highly of the way the museum presented its collections.
The ICR delegation also noted that the spatial planning and facilities of the National Museum of Taiwan History truly promoted equal rights for all visitors, such as accessible slopes for wheelchairs and child-parent washrooms.
Dr. Hinz, who also serves as the director of the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin, said that he felt very much honored to be able to visit Taiwan and its history museum. Since the German historical museum runs on generous funding, he was very surprised by the scale of operation of Taiwan’s national and regional museums given the limited funding and manpower.
The ICOM chairman concluded his visit to the Tainan museum by reiterating his hopes for strengthening links with Taiwan through the ICOM network in the future.
In addition to the 2014 ICR annual conference held in Taiwan earlier this October, three other professional organizations under the ICOM — INTERCOM, FIHRM, and MPR — also held their annual meetings in Taiwan in May and September, respectively.