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National Palace Museum, Shilin

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Home to an unsurpassed collection of Chinese artifacts and artworks, National Palace Museum preserves nearly 10,000 years of Chinese history with some items dating back to Neolithic times. Most of its 700,000 pieces--including ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, religious sculptures, jade carvings, weapons, and Qing and Ming dynasty furniture--were collected by Chinese emperors themselves. Officially founded in the Forbidden City in 1925, the museum was moved to its present building in 1965 and then expanded on several occasions due to the sheer size of the collection. Do not miss the most popular exhibits: a skillfully carved piece of jade shaped like a cabbage with two grasshoppers hiding in its leaves, a meat-shaped stone, and a bronze bell specially made for King Li of Zhou. Arrange to visit National Palace Museum and other attractions in Taipei using our Taipei trip planner.
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  • Just took photos around the museum but didn't go inside the museum, the landmark looks amazing and safe to walk around  more »
  • Plenty of ancient artifacts to explore and one day definitely wasn’t enough to finish exploring the whole place. Neatly segregated across different dynasties, observing the drawings and artifacts up.....  more »
  • You can easily spend a couple of hours here as it has couple of buildings and you can learn something about the history of the place. If you are in Taipei and have time this place is worth visiting.  more »
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  • Such a beautiful museum with excellent collection. Many many famous pieces are here. Easier can spend 3~4 hours of your time. If you want to know the rich Asian culture and history then this definitely a place for you. Quiet atmosphere, plenty of area where you can have a sit. Please do check out the gift shop, good quality products can be souvenirs :)
  • Beautiful place. There are really a lot of information about Taiwan history, it's nice when you know Chinese because mostly there are a lot of historical things on Chinese and probably you should know a bit history for visiting museum. But anyway it was a nice experience, a lot of stairs of different historical periods. Also there is so beautiful park there with nice colourful big fishes, interesting buildings and rare trees. Great atmosphere. And one more thing in museum on the first floor there is a restaurant where you can have a dinner, you can try some European food by average price
  • If you decide to visit, let me tell you, you're up for a massive cultural and artistic treat! Even the walk leading to the museum is impressive. The museum itself offers a number of well-curated and presented exhibitions that'll certainly move you. I stayed for about five hours and I'd call that a speedy breeze-through experience. Take your time to appreciate what's there to see and learn. You'll certainly won't regret it.
  • Must visit place to learn Chinese history and culture. Main exhibition changes from time to time. Plan at least half day here. Join the guided tour if you are press in time and/or don't know where to start. For those have plenty of time, rent the audio device by the entrance. You can go through the exhibitions at your own pace and spent as long as you want at an article. The guided tour goes through the main articles. It doesn't give you the chance to go through every one of them. We spent 5 hours there and only went through 2 of the 3 floors of exhibition hall 1. Definitely wear a comfortable shoes. There's a lot of walking and standing. Your feet will thank you for that. :-)
  • Amazing ceramics here! And some lovely jade. See the jade cabbage. Lots of big groups of tours being taken around which kind of kills the atmosphere sometimes. They were mainly on the third floor when we were there, but the first and second floors weren’t so bad. Worth going to though.

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