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National Palace Museum

221 Chih-shan Rd., Sec. 2; Shih-lin, Taipei 11143, Taiwan (Shihlin District)
02-28812021
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Ranked #9 of 196 attractions in Taipei
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This extraordinary collection of historic art treasures, fascinating for its depth and breadth, has miraculously escaped destruction over hundreds of... more » Owner description: This extraordinary collection of historic art treasures, fascinating for its depth and breadth, has miraculously escaped destruction over hundreds of years. Some pieces date back to the tenth century. « less
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Falls Church, Virginia
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139 reviews 139 reviews
51 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A Weekend day during the summer is probably not the best time to visit, as it was quite crowded, especially with tour groups mainly from mainland China. It was still quite worthwhile, and after seeing a bit of the very packed third floor with jades and bronzes, I descended to the much less crowded second floor, which houses paintings and... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We were there on a Saturday. As said, weekends were worse, but somebody else told us it was like this most of the time. Every floor was full because there were many many tour groups. There were some exhibition rooms less crowded on higher floors, but the day we were there, the famous exhibition rooms for jade cabbage (actually was... More

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Shanghai, China
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Excellent museum rich in information. I suggest you take the audio guide to really understand the meaning of the artifacts you see (remember to take your passport). Go early in the morning as from 1pm it is filled with groups and therefore it become not so enjoyable. They also have temporally exhibitions, the one we could see was on Chinese... More

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singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This can be the noisiest museum I've ever been. There are endless of tour groups coming to the museums, mainly from mainland China. They are noisy, talk very loud, and have poor manner. They can push you when you're trying to see the exhibit, without saying any sorry. Although there are many nice exhibits, you may not enjoy them at... More

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Kobe
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The National Palace Museum is in a great setting with a large selection of Chinese arts and antiquities. The restaurant above has great views and is also a nice place to take a relaxing break during the afternoon. If you have never had the chance to see a similar collection elsewhere in the world, you will really be missing a... More

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Honolulu, HI
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The Palace Museum is HUGE! Be prepared to spend all day there, and you still might not be able to see all! It was great experience and we loved the tea house for quick lunch and tea testing. It was easy to get to by MRT and city bus.

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Richmond VA
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The National Place Museum is a fascinating adventure through Chinese history and treasures. Much of the museum is made up of art that was smuggled out of China during the reign of Mao Tse-Tung. I learned a lot about the differences in art during each Chinese dynasty. When you get to the Ming dynasty you quickly understand why it is... More

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

An incredibly massive and huge three-floor museum with artifacts from the Forbidden Kingdom collected by Chiang Kai-Shek before exiled from China. If you are not one who cannot read Chinese, as little to no knowledge of actual Chinese history beyond their involvement in the 20th century World Wars, you are going to spend more time speed walking and glancing through... More

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Orlando, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We were having a great time viewing the artifacts until all of a sudden, tours, probably 20+ groups coming in at the same time. There were people everywhere and so crowded that we could not even get close to the exhibit. One thing is good though, all the tour guides and groups all have personal microphones and headsets so they... More

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Make sure you have plenty of time, at least 1 day! I purchased a ticket for just Hall 2 and spent 4 hours admiring the wonders of craftsmanship of China of yesteryears. A tiny almond being carved into an amazingly intricate boat complete with doors! An imperfect jade was carved into a cabbage flower with a grasshopper, hiding the imperfections.... More

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