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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. Arrange to visit National Palace Museum and other attractions in Taipei using our Taipei trip planner .
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  • Last admission at 5 pm on Friday. Chinese cabbage before, only a few people weren't, was seen slowly. Rent audio guides of Japan and you know very well. Cafe tapiocamilcuti sweetness just fine fine! Gift shop on the second floor, basement gift shop than assortment is better
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  • It's been a long time since the Palace museum has gone to see the real air here. There are many treasures in the green tree and many museums, and if there's some time to come here, look at this.
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  • A great museum and must visit place in Taipei. I have personally visited this museum three times and still felt that there are too many things to be seen in this museum.  more »
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  • Very impressive. It contains many treasures collected over the thousands of years of Chinese history which were at risk of destruction during the communist revolution. They are well maintained and well presented but be aware there are also hundreds of tour groups and it really appears that the museum hits capacity quite easily. It was the busiest museum experience I have ever gone through so I can't give it 5 stars. After you get in if it's prime hours you have the privilege of waiting in line for another 40 min to see a rock shaped like a cooked pork belly. Enjoy.
  • Great selections of Chinese arts and antiques. Saw the meat-shaped stone it was very unique!! The national palace museum has the largest selection of Ru-ware, they were beautiful! Visited the museum in the afternoon until it closes at 6:30, there were some groups of foreign visitor groups, but overall not too crowded. They often have detailed information about the items displayed, really helped me to understand more about the arts and the background history. A must-visit when you come to Taiwan!
  • This place is huge. Recommend to take a guided tour either through travel agents or online at least a week in advance. If unable to book a guided tour, at least get a self-guide. Always with lots of people 2000+ at any given time. To get to the Museum, take the Route No "Red 3" that will take you right at the entrance. Admission is charged on adults only (kids are free). Re entry is possible. All bags are required to be put to locker for NT$10. For children, must visit the Children Centre on B1 before paid entrance.
  • Great museum, but can be hard to appreciate unless you have some knowledge of Chinese history and art. There is a second exhibit hall for special events. We saw a collection of Egyptian mummies from the British Museum, and that was captivating. Great beef noodle soup from the adjacent restaurant (Silks Palace)
  • Great museum, well worth the visit, really astounding collection that brings Chinese history to life and puts its dynasty's in global context. There's something to surprise everyone. It will take a few hours to do it justice, and it's a good idea to start early when it opens, even off season it will be heaving with visitors by lunchtime. Speaking of which, lunches there are pretty decent too, so start early, take a late lunch, and plan to come back another day if you haven't seen it all.

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