Originally built in 1913 by the Japanese, today’s museum is managed exclusively by residents of the area, giving visitors a chance to experience this Grade 3 historical monument.
Entrance to the community-run museum is free.
The design is based upon the Mount Izu Hot Spring Bath in Japan, and is reminiscent of a European/Roman bath house decorated with arcades and stained glass. The building’s exterior is built in a Victorian style, with the first floor built from brick and second floor from wood.
Visitors enter from Zhongshan Road on the 2ND floor, and are requested to remove shoes and change to slippers (provided by the museum). Sights on the 2ND floor include an exhibit about the reconstruction and preservation of the museum, an exhibit showcasing Beitou’s impact on Taiwanese cinema, the youth of Beitou, a multimedia auditorium, and a balcony for visitors to explore and view Beitou Creek.
In the centre of the second floor is the Tatami Lobby, a Japanese-style multipurpose room with sliding paper doors around the perimeter and tatami mats covering the floor. Guests are invited to relax here.
The Hot Spring Arcade and Big Bath are also located on the first floor. At 9 metres long and 6 metres wide, the bath was designed to evoke the feelings and simulate the environment of an ancient Roman bath. The arcade area around the bath is very elegant as it is home to many beautiful stained glass works.