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National Palace Museum

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Neighborhood: Shihlin District
As featured in 3 Days in Taipei and 4 other guides
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Address: No.221, Sec.2, Zhishan Rd, Shilin Dist, Taipei 11143, Taiwan
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+886 2 2881 2021
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8:30 am - 6:30 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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Great collection of ancient art. Reasonable entrance fee and good audio guides. One can easily spend a whole day here. Was fun. Just the restaurant next to the main entrance was a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is basically the world's heritage museum ( in my view) and I could be coming back to Taiwan only for this. Avoid morning when there are many tourist groups heading for the Jadeite Cabbage. Afternoon is a lot easier to look around. Museum shop was large but it was not as tempting as other museum shops such as Metropolitan... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great collection of ancient art. Reasonable entrance fee and good audio guides. One can easily spend a whole day here. Was fun. Just the restaurant next to the main entrance was a disappointment.

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Thank Daniel D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very extensive collection in the major areas of art and craft throughout China's long history. The jade cabbage was impressive despite its relatively small size and definitely worth lining up to see.

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Thank Desmond L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a heart highlight of the tour in Taipei. Even though the weather was with light drizzle the sight was still a amazing. To see the changing of the guard and precision that was executed was great .

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When the Nationalist Chinese retreated from the Red Army during the Chinese Civil war, and evacuated the palace treasures so that they would not be seized and perhaps destroyed by the anti-aristocratic Communists, this museum is where all those treasures ended up. If you find yourself in Taipei for any reason, without a doubt you should end up at this... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The exhibitions are an amazing tour through the Chinese history. It offers not only an extraordinary variety of historical objects but detailed explanations regarding artistic techniques and historical context.

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Thank Caro G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum houses a huge collection of pottery, bronzes, carvings in jade, wood etc., calligraphy and painting dating back over 800 years. I hired an audio guide and found the overview of each category of objects really helpful. It was on an IPod touch and is really easy to use.. I dipped in and out of the commentary, just choosing... More 

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Thank Helen B
Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The setting is really nice, a few miles away from downtown, surrounded by trees is already worth the trip if you have spent a couple of days in the city. The museum by itself was nothing special to me compared to comparable museums in other countries, but it is good to spend a couple of hours in a rainy day.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There are three storeys with bronze, jade and pottery on the top floor, paintings and calligraphy on the 2nd and furniture and small size treasures on the 3rd. However, there are quite a few special exhibits with particular themes but of lesser artistic significance, preventing more precious arts from being shown.

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Thank Warren H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I came to Taipei to see this museum. Well worth it. Stunning exhibits do not disappoint. Worth the trip for a once in a life time experience. Only wish I had more time. Crowded even midweek.

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