Of Banks and Dinosaur Fossils in Taipei

Almost directly across from the National Taiwan Museum entrance at 228 Peace Memorial Park is the Land Bank old building. Now, I know what you’re thinking:

“A bank. How exciting.”

It is. First off, it’s a great example of colonial-era architecture of which there are not many. More importantly, there is a large exhibition hall inside that contains a very decent collection of dinosaur and dinosaur-era fossils. Most of the great dinosaur species, like the Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, and various wickedly-posed Velociraptors are represented as are the major contemporary swimming and flying reptiles like Ichthyosaurs, Plesiosaurs, and Pterodactyls. In addition, they have a great collection of various dinosaur eggs along with locally-discovered marine fossils. Notably missing were any Ceratopsids and the Stegasaurus, however you can get amazingly close to the fossilized skeleton of the heavily-plated Ankylosaur.

It’s almost like the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles (my favorite museum in the world, BTW), defaulted on a loan and Land Bank repossessed some of the coolest exhibits. Yes, the exhibition space is small, but the space is densely packed and organized well.

If you have small children in that ‘dinosaur period’ like I do, it is more than worth the visit. Here are a few more photos of the dinosaur fossils exhibit.

About Brian

Brian Q. Webb is a photography enthusiast from Los Angeles, California who spends most of his time in Taipei, Taiwan. He is especially interested in street photography as well as large format portraiture and pinhole photography. He also likes to shoot lifestyle portraiture and occasionally acts as an agent for foreign newspapers wanting event coverage in Taipei. He was also on the staff of deviantArt and is co-founder of PhotoMalaysia, the largest photography community in that country.