1979: The “Twelve Construction Projects” are announced by the Executive Yuan. The construction of new museums is listed as a key part of the central government's cultural infrastructure policy.
1984 March: The Executive Yuan approves the establishment of the National Science & Technology Museum Construction Preparatory Team. The team inspected science museums in Europe, U.S. and Japan in August of the same year.
- 1986 July: The National Science & Technology Museum Preparatory Office was authorized to begin planning for the museum's construction.
- 1987: TMA Architects and Associates selected to design and supervise the construction of the museum.
1988 November: Executive Yuan approves the museum construction plan.
- 1988 October: Construction begins on the museum structure.
- 1991 July: Executive Yuan approves the expansion of the museum.
- 1992: Work continues on the museum over a period of 7 years. This includes air-conditioning, utilities, building furnishings phase 1, elevators, IT systems, building furnishings phase 2, teaching center, landscaping and exhibit engineering.
- 1997 July 26: Commissioning of the Technology Education Center.
- 1997 September 21: Museum grounds opened to the public.
1997 November 9: 10 permanent exhibition galleries opened to the public.
1998 November 8: All 18 permanent exhibition galleries opened to the public.
The National Science & Technology Museum is a national social education organization committed to promoting technology education in society. The Museum's missions are the development, design and exhibition of different technology-related themes with an emphasis on key developments and their effect on human life.
The Kaohsiung metropolitan area is home to heavy industries such as China Steel, China Shipbuilding Company, Taiwan Machinery, China Chemicals, refineries and power plants. The display of scientific principles and applications that complement the local heavy industries will not reap synergies in education but also enhance the cultural of the local industrial communities.
The long-span and high-load structure is designed to last 100 years. The building itself is an exhibit and reflects the nature of the NSTM. Smart IT equipment is used to realize high-tech management and enhance the exhibits. The ice-storage air-conditioning system makes ice at night for use during the day to reduce peak-hour power usage.