National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
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Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,341 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Treasure chest of Chinese art works
    The National Palace Museum is the world's finest collection of Chinese antiquities . It was accumulated over the centuries by the rulers of China. Many items are unique, they cannot be replicated elsewhere. Much of the collection was transported to Taiwan when the Nationalist government retreated to Taiwan, it's a treasure chest of Chinese art works. The National Palace Museum is in Shihlin, not far from Taipei.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 6, 2023
  • harlemfamily
    New York City, New York738 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A treasure in every room
    We spent more than 4 hours here and it was wonderful! There are treasures in every room and they are so well displayed and explained - it is wonderful. We saw so many amazing pieces of art - of all types. And they have a terrific tea house/lunch room if you need to take a break (as we did). I highly recommend that you go and take your time and visit each of the rooms - you will find something special in each...
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 5, 2023
  • TheOExpress🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇭🇰
    Hong Kong, China4,601 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Try a weekday to beat the crowds…
    …because the Sunday I visited was REALLY busy! That didn’t spoil it but it definitely would have been better to wander round with fewer other visitors. Anyway, the collection is incredible and it’s a must-do for tourists in Taipei! In particular the interactive exhibition, painting gallery and the religious statues are incredible.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 27, 2023
  • D13O
    The Hague, The Netherlands237 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful museum with a great collection
    The national palace museum is definately a must visit when in Taipei. The have a great imperal collection of bronzes, jades, paintings, ceramics, personal artifacts of the imperial court and more. However there are also some parts that are not very interesting to a western tourist in my opinion, like the calligraphy and books sections. Of course this can be different if you can actually read Chinese. That said the ceramic, personal artifacts and jade sections are particulary beautiful as is the bronze section. However if you visited the National Museum of China in Beijing, you wont see anything new in that last section. All in all good for 1,5 - 2 hours.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 10, 2023
  • MelissaL0715
    Tampa, Florida819 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful museum of Chinese and Taiwanese art/history
    If you enjoy seeing works of art from different countries, this museum is for you. Having never traveled to Taiwan before, we decided to visit, and were not disappointed. They have an extremely large collection of Chinese and Taiwanese art. Well worth the price of admission (which was far less than US museums). We learned a great deal about historical aspect as well. There’s enough to keep you busy all day, but enough to just see for a few of hours if your time is limited. definitely worthwhile!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 18, 2023
  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Museum
    What I liked about this place was that, although it was very crowded with people, there was still plenty of room to move around. The place is vast, spread over several floors and many galleries. The jade and ceramics collections are world-class. Paintings and calligraphy also on show. Excellent shop.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 30, 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,341 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take your time and wonder deeply
    The National Palace Museum is a collection of historic artefacts which have been miraculously preserved over the centuries. Some artefacts include "must see" things such as the jade cabbage and the tiny boat, carved from an olive pip. The National Palace displays the world's best collection of Chinese culture, take your time and wonder deeply.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 1, 2023
  • T-SGlobetrotters
    Preston, United Kingdom2,954 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A vast number of exhibits so help is needed
    We had originally intended to take the guided tour only to learn all tickets has been sold for the day. Some guidance is helpful to the untrained eye because there are so many exhibits, it is impossible to take everything in and understand which exhibits are ‘must see’. However, there is a good self-guide on their website ‘classic tour II’ and ‘the emperor’s toy box’ that takes about two hours and covers all the highlights. The museum is split into individual rooms and the signage is good. Lots of tour groups in evidence but generally it never feels too crowded because of its size. The oldest pieces are on the top floor and some of the craftmanship particularly the jade pieces is amazing. Said to be the best collection of Chinese art in the world and we can see why. A place that should be visited on a tour of Taiwan.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 23, 2023
  • Anne S
    Leeds, United Kingdom570 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum
    Contains the pre-WW2 Chinese Forbidden City art collection. The exhibits span 3 floors of a large building and are presented very nicely. There were English translations for each item which was excellent. A must see if visiting Taipei.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 30, 2023
  • Mae C
    Philippines73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must Visit for Museum lovers
    If you love museums especially history museums, do not miss this place. I was there to see plenty of interesting exhibits and you can see a lot of artifacts dating centuries old which says a lot of Taiwan's rich history. My 5 year old son was with me too and they have an interactive children's area where kids can learn and do activities.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 8, 2023
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ECWorld
Hong Kong, China2,720 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is one of the premier museums on Chinese artworks in the world, its core holdings being the incomparable treasures from the Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty. The museum itself is relatively small, which means like most museums there always be some wonderful special exhibitions. I always visit this museum whenever I am in Taipei - primarily for these special exhibitions. Before relations between Taiwan and China cooled, the museum was packed with Chinese visitors from the mainland but not so much any more, which actually made my visit much more pleasant. There are now some sections with multimedia presentations, but by and large the displays are pretty standard. Scholarly and informative, yes; imaginative and stimulating, not so much. But still worth a visit particularly if you are into Chinese art and culture.
Written January 25, 2020
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Jhenalyn N
Luzon, Philippines35 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Nothing much to see if you will purchase tickets to get inside. Very clean place. Only 1 cafe within the museum hence you would really need to line if you want to eat here. Theres is a restaurant few walks within the area that is also a bit crowded.

Very good for pictures only and see artifacts.
Written January 4, 2020
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KB C
Illinois744 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Full disclosure: I am not a museum person. But after visiting the southern branch of the museum in Chiayi we decided to come to Taipei to see the main branch. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed some of the displays so much, like snuff bottles and curio boxes. And the famous jade bok choy cabbage (I didn’t even have to stand in line). Worth the visit!
Written August 2, 2020
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luxingren
Bellevue, Washington38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Spent an entire day at the National Palace Museum. It's my third visit since 1986, and it's the single most important place to visit on a trip to Taiwan provided you enjoy Chinese art. The museum wasn't super crowded when we visited, which was wonderful and allowed for better viewing and lingering over the artworks. My last visit was a disappointment owing to huge tour groups from mainland China. There was no sense of crowd control then and the whole experience was closer to being in a rugby scrum. English explanations are good for the artwork, and getting an audio guide is well worth it.

My principal complaint this visit is that there aren't enough paintings on display, and too many rooms were closed (especially on the 1st floor). Another annoyance was the waste of display space with multimedia presentations of the artwork. Only a small fraction of the whole collection is ever on display at one time, and for the life of me I can't figure out why the museum would devote any display space to multimedia displays. That, in my opinion, is better left to being available free online where anyone can see it and it can inform a future visit or general interest. Nonetheless, when in Taipei this is a great museum to visit.
Written February 8, 2023
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BangkokSachse
Bangkok, Thailand42,481 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We took MRT from Taipei Main Station to Shilin MRT Station and took direct R30 bus to National Palace Museum. The R30 bus goes directly to the main entrance which you enter and the museum tickets. The ticket costs 350 Taiwan Dollars. The museum is nice and well maintained. One building was closed. The main building was opened. The Chinese art works are beautiful. The staff were friendly and helpful.
Written March 10, 2023
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harlemfamily
New York City, NY738 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We spent more than 4 hours here and it was wonderful! There are treasures in every room and they are so well displayed and explained - it is wonderful. We saw so many amazing pieces of art - of all types. And they have a terrific tea house/lunch room if you need to take a break (as we did). I highly recommend that you go and take your time and visit each of the rooms - you will find something special in each...
Written August 5, 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
China has a very long history, many artefacts displayed here were ancient long before Christ was born -- the oracle bones, for example. Many artefacts are quite beautiful, some require a knowledge of Chinese civilisation, such as calligraphy. Allow yourself enough time, it's a big museum. By the way, if these artefacts had remained in mainland China, many would have been destroyed by the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution.
Written December 6, 2020
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK2,954 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We had originally intended to take the guided tour only to learn all tickets has been sold for the day. Some guidance is helpful to the untrained eye because there are so many exhibits, it is impossible to take everything in and understand which exhibits are ‘must see’. However, there is a good self-guide on their website ‘classic tour II’ and ‘the emperor’s toy box’ that takes about two hours and covers all the highlights. The museum is split into individual rooms and the signage is good. Lots of tour groups in evidence but generally it never feels too crowded because of its size. The oldest pieces are on the top floor and some of the craftmanship particularly the jade pieces is amazing. Said to be the best collection of Chinese art in the world and we can see why. A place that should be visited on a tour of Taiwan.
Written November 23, 2023
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dennis s
Denver, CO50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Great historical artifacts from China. Some very old 3,000 BCE relics and wonderful jade pieces. However, I was not that interested in the calligraphy or porcelain artifacts. We took the metro (red line) and then a bus to get to the museum. The bus stop is right outside the metro station with various museum buses coming every 10 minutes or so.
Written January 4, 2023
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,111 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
My wife and I took the English language tour which lasted from 3:00 to 4:30. The tour guide was nice but the tour wasn’t too impressive. She spent too much time in certain areas and solicited too much input from our tour group as to where we should spend time. We would have gotten a lot more out of our visit had we just used the audio guide.

If you schedule a tour, be aware that it takes at least 5 minutes to get from the road to the inside of the museum.
Written March 16, 2024
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