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National Palace Museum, Taipei

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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. See National Palace Museum and all Taipei has to offer by arranging your trip with our Taipei tourist route planner.
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  • Since photography is my thing, make sure you visit around sunset. Less crowded and beautiful colors. I saw a guard change and that was nice too.  more »
  • Hugh museum with lot to see. Very interesting historical exhibits. Especially liked the bronze and the rocks exhibit  more »
  • The ride to the museum was around 45 minutes by cab from our hotel near the Taipei Main Station. I personally find the architecture of the palace isn't very impressive consider my visit to other great...  more »
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  • One of my favorite places to visit in Taiwan. The exhibits are often rotating, so it's a little bit different every time you go! There is oftentimes a lot of exhibits on Chinese calligraphy, which while beautiful and amazing that the written word can be both meaningful and artistic, can be a little redundant to one who doesn't understand the language. Still worth the visit though. So many cool things to see! Make sure not to miss the larger gift shop on the bottom floor! So many fun things there!
  • Worth visiting, much much better than their southern branch. To get here,public transportation is the best as there's no car parking space near by.or 1st visit in the morning is recommendable if you wanna get by your own car. Inside always full of tourists,especially by group tour.
  • Huge place! Allot at least 4 hours to tour the entire museum, especially with the audio guided tour. My sister and I entered here at around 4 and had to leave by 6:30pm so we weren't able to go to all exhibits and see each piece. Also expect a lot of people here, especially Chinese tour groups. Patience is key lol.
  • Great place to know and see Chinese history. Staff are also friendly and professional. However Chinese tourists were quite rude. They don't care people we're in front of you, they just wanna take photos and go. So annoying!! Please watch your behavior!!
  • The building is impressive and good to see, but you need to really be into art history to enjoy everything. It can be a bit long for some people. Also the entrance fees are free for students but 250NT for adults, it is kind of expensive for the experience. You can go and only visit the free areas if you are not into artifacts history and ancient Chinese art.