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“Incredible Museum”

National Palace Museum
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Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #2 of 566 things to do in Taipei
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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 years. Some pieces date back to the tenth century.
Reviewed March 5, 2013

We live in Hong Kong and have traveled extensively throughout Mainland China, so we were intrigued with the collection at this museum. The National Palace Museum claims to have "a treasure trove of Chinese culture" and masterpieces. Thankfully (depending on your perspective) those artifacts were resued from the cultural revolution and are available for the world to appreciate and learn from.

We enjoyed many hours in the museum and saw so many "treasures"! We particularly enjoyed the collection of Chinese calligraphy from the Imperial libraries, and sought to secure a book with English and Chinese translations of famous Chinese poetry, but the selection was rather limited.

The museum exhibts were both in English and Chinese, but books were mostly in Chinese, which I suppose is to be expected, but was disappointing to our bilingual teenager. The Museum gift shops were top notch with a wide variety of items from touristy trappings, jadeite jewelry and replicas. Our teen found a set of silicone placemats with Chinese poems in calligraphy on each, along with historical info and translations, all stored in a case. She also purchased a silk scarf with calligraphy on it.

We could have spent many more hours at the museum, and would return for more exploration. We highly recommend it to anyone interested in Chinese culture and art.

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Reviewed March 2, 2013

Wonderful museum with art and artifacts from the Dynasties. Not too big to explore and very informative about Chinese history and culture. We planned our route to avoid the large tour groups. If you take public transportation, need to change from the metro to a bus, but not too difficult. Don't miss it

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Reviewed March 2, 2013

You'll see antiquities of 5000 years ago, from calligraphy, maps, and paintings of the Shang dynasty to porcelains and jade sculptures of the Ming and more recent dynasties. If you want to see the jades, however, it's VERY popular, so get there early and be prepared to wait in line. We were there on National Day, so the museum was very busy by noon. There's plenty to see if you like Chinese art and history, and this is one of the few attractions in Taipei, so I recommend visiting.

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Reviewed March 1, 2013

The National Palace Museum is definitely worth while a visit, entrance fee is very low in comparison with the quality of the museum and its collection. The museum covers multiple floors, and if you want to see every piece of art it could take you days to finish, depending on how well you would like to observe each piece. However, after an hour I personally got slightly distracted, there's only so much jade that one person can appreciate. They do rotate their collection, as they have more than they could possibly exhibit at once, so your experience might be different than mine. I must note that they did have a wide array of art pieces, ranging from paintings, to jade, to wooden pieces, porcelain, and other objects from ancient times. If you're tired from being inside, there's a coffee house attached to it, and a large beautiful garden. Do go and see for yourself!

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Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

The exhibits are all from the mainland, mostly wonderfully interesting, and certainly give a great insight into the continuum of Chinese culture.

The less pleasant experience is the flocks of Chinese tourists. The lack of sensitivity to others personal space is at best a distraction and could be considered very rude by some. I suggest a visit in the late afternoon once they've gone home to roost.

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