Establishment
[1 Introduction] [2 Motivation] [3 Process] [4 Present Location] [5 Visit Information]
3. Process
(1) The Motivation for Creating the Museum
The story of Toy Museum can be traced back to a small water gun that the ex-curator, Mr. Jiang, got when he was seven years old. In an era of poverty, children usually made use of natural materials to make their own toys. Since the water gun was so difficult to get at that time, Mr. Jiang treasured it for more than 40 years. It may be described as a sort of compensation in his mind, and it led him to fall in love with toys even after he grew up.

There were many toy collectors in Taiwan, yet Mr. Jiang was different from the others. He didn't keep the toys to himself. He was willing to share toys with everyone. That was why Mr. Jiang founded Taiwan Toy Museum in 2003. Mr. Jiang's famous saying is that "If you keep toys at home, you just make toys disappear. Why not display the toys and share them with everyone? It is more joyful to share the joy than to keep it to oneself." Restricted by the exhibition space, the toys displayed are just a small fraction of his collection. The rest of the toys were put in the warehouse of the museum. However, the display was changed regularly. Mr. Jiang sincerely hoped that all visitors to the toy museum could relive their childhood memories.

(2) The toilsome process
Mr. and Mrs. Jiang had been looking for a suitable exhibition space since the museum was established. In addition to the indoor space, Mr. Jiang wanted to have an outdoor space of more than 360,000 square feet. Before they settled down in Banqiao, they had already changed the location of the museum from Dazhi to Yangmingshan to Danshui. To their thinking, Banqiao was still not the best location for the museum. The goal of the Mr. Jiang was to set up a toy village. "It might have taken Mr. Jiang at least more ten toilsome years of looking for the best location if he were still alive." said Mrs. Wang.

The rubber water gun
The rubber water gun


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(3) The reasons and times for changing the location
Time

Location

The reasons to change places

2003.12~2004.12

Dazhi

The outdoor space was too small, so they chose to move.

2004~2005

Yangmingshan

The place was very large, but was accessible only by stairs, so it might not have been safe for children. Also, the humidity might have damaged the toys. So they moved again.
2005~2006 Danshui and Yingge It was not convenient to shuttle between the two places. Then they found Banqiao 435 Arts District. It was more suitable, so when they received the invitation of the mayor, they moved there.

2006.10    

They moved to the present exhibition place in Banqiao.

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The museum in Dazhi

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The museum in Yangmingshan

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The museum in Danshui