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National Palace Museum, Taipei
(3.9/5 based on 6,000+ reviews on the web)
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. See National Palace Museum and all Taipei has to offer by arranging your trip with our Taipei tourist route planner.
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  • Our tour guide apologized that we would not have enough time to see everything and he proceeded to take us to the most outstanding exhibits he felt we should see. I broke from the group and took in ma...  more »
  • For a national museum I thought there should be more for us to look at. This is my first time in Taiwan. My personal interest is in Chinese calligraphy. There are 2 storeys of exhibitions organized in...  more »
  • It is best for waves of visitors, in order to access. People swarmed small exhibits and can't see it. Souvenir shops are easy to buy.
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  • A bit far from the city centre but worth it. Apparently one of the best museums in the world. Tonnes to see and learn. They have good restaurant located next to the museum. Tasty and cheap.
  • Impressive museum. Tip is to stay away from the tour groups coming off busses. At certain times during the day, the staff set up ropes to direct the tour groups through to hit all the highlights of the museum. Don't follow any of the tour groups since they get rushed through the exhibits and barely get to see anything. If you see a tour group coming through, stay far away and admire something else in the museum. Later when the tour groups have left to board their bus, you can take your time to appreciate the highlights of the museum up close.
  • Very impressive collection. Anyone travelling to Taipei should visit at least once. From Taipei Main Station MRT get on the red MRT towards Tamsui (25 NTD), exit at Shilin MRT station, take exit 1, walk out of the MRT station for about 50 meters look for a Watsons on the right-- there is a bus stop there. Several buses take you to to the museum but I took bus no. 30 it takes about 15 minutes, bus fare is 15 NTD. Entrance fee is 250 NTD. The museum has 3 floors allotted into many rooms all rooms are worth a look. The only thing I would recommend against is the audio guide-- they charge you 200 NTD and you have to deposit your passport for it. I found that I didn't get much use out of it since only some rooms have an audio cast, the audio guide and headphones turned out to be burdens I could have done without. Photography is permitted but turn off the flash. Lockers are available for your backpacks since they don't allow large backpacks/food/drinks in the museum (10 NTD). If you need to get a bite, exit the museum on the first floor, to the right there is a food court; food was okay but a bit pricey.
  • Good place to visit if you're into history. There's plenty of old texts, pots and statues dating back to hundreds of years ago. There's no photo taking throughout the entire facility and they have people in every single exhibit to make sure it doesn't happen. It still can but people don't bother. I would say it was very nice visiting the garden near the entrance and you definitely should after visiting the museum! Very beautiful garden with plenty of wild life in the water and just hanging around on the grass. There's even a peacock there too.
  • It's great to visit this museum. You can see a lot of things here. You may spend more than 4 hours here. Make sure to drink water before walking around. I really like it.