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National Palace Museum

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Neighborhood: Shihlin District
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Address: 221 Chih-shan Rd., Sec. 2; Shih-lin, Taipei 11143, Taiwan
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Phone Number: +886 2 2881 2021
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8:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Fri - Sat 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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This extraordinary collection of historic art treasures, fascinating for...

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.

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Excellent Collection, but Audio Guide Not Good

This museum has a better collection than the Palace Museum in Beijing. There are beautiful bronze vessels, pottery, jade sculptures, jewellery, weapons, etc., from the various... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum has a better collection than the Palace Museum in Beijing. There are beautiful bronze vessels, pottery, jade sculptures, jewellery, weapons, etc., from the various dynasties. Very few paintings and calligraphic works are on display. The audio guide is poorly organized and the battery runs out quickly. Go early in the morning to avoid the crowd. If possible, bring... More 

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Torun, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was in so many museums with Chinese art in mainland China and in some Western countries. But this is surely the best one. But probably you need at least half of the day. With well described bus communication from metro stations, because it is – like everything else in Taipei – far away.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although we had seen a good sample of this collection in San Francisco, it was wonderful to see so much more of it here, particularly when one considers that had these treasure not been "stolen" from mainland China, they might very well have been destroyed during the "cultural revolution".

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

National Palace Museum : Main purpose of our visit. Take MRT Red line to Shilin station, take Exit 2 and we took taxi to the museum, it took aprox NT 150-, which is easier and faster than waiting for bus. Have the Chinese name of the museum with you and show to taxi. Suggest to visit Fri-Sat, arrive there around... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is our second visit and we knew what to expect. It was not as crowded because the number of mainland Chinese visitors has dropped considerably with the current strain in cross-straight relationships. Not good for Taipeh businesses but good for visitors from other countries. We took a long time to examine the exhibit showing the time line of Chinese... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is one of the biggest of its kind holding around 700,000 pieces from the Chinese history. The building is beautiful and massive, you could spend a whole day here if you are into history. Chinese and english captions are provided, audio guide can be purchased for nt200. Packed with tourist groups!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

National Palace Museum houses artifacts which Chiang Kai Shek and his army transported from Mainland China. The museum presented a very informative and interesting timeline of the Eastern (chinese) civilizations vis-a-vis other civilizations. They presented developments per dynasty and the Western infulences to their culture. All in all, the 3-hours worth of exploring around the place was worth it. They... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was less than impressed with this museum. Much like the Smithsonian institutes, this museum had a plethora of artifacts and displays. By the second exhibit, I was numb to the displays and lack of highlights. Lots of jade, scrolls, and artifacts but none was super appealing to me. The rooms were all packed with tourists and the audio tours... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have visited this museum twice, and on one occasion, the historic documents that were made when China opened up to the West were on display, memorable. Get their early because the museum gets very crowded later in the morning. Chiang Kai-shek did the world by moving (more than once) Chinese world heritage from mainland China; otherwise the Red Guard... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We arrived around 5.15 pm and were told that if we were to wait till 5.30 we could get a discount on the admission ticket. We did, as we are not that heavily into art. The museum is spread over various levels. We saw the ceramics exhibition, jade treasures, scrolls and paintings (though 100 horses was not on display), furniture,...... More 

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