Discover National Palace Museum - Taipei
If you love history and ancient Chinese artwork and artifacts, Trip Guru suggests a visit to Taipei's National Palace Museum. The National Palace Museum is home to more than 696,000 pieces and is one of the largest collections in the world. Originally, the museum was founded in Beijing's Forbidden City to house the Imperial artwork and artifacts at the time that Chinese Imperial rule ended. Part of the collection was then transferred to Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War. The collection included various items from the different Chinese dynasties. Some artifacts, like the famous Jade Cabbage, are on permanent display, but due to the size of such a vast collection, a lot of the artifacts are on rotation.
Once you arrive at the museum you will be greeted by a great archway that also serves to frame the distant main exhibition hall. The majestic traditional Chinese palatial design of the buildings is simply breathtaking. You can then walk down the broad tree lined avenue or take a tree shaded path to the left. The main exhibition hall is accessed by several sets of grand stairways. You can then while away the time, viewing the different exhibitions. English guided tours are available daily at 10:00AM and 3:00PM - each guided tour is open to 15 online reservations applications and each application must be made at least 3 days before the date of the visit. If you are unable to apply for a tour audio guides are available for rent. The extensive museum grounds are also home to a Library, the Chang Dai-ch'ien Memorial Residence, Zhishan Garden, Zhide Garden, and Children's Gallery.
Bags, selfie sticks, food, and beverages are not allowed within the exhibition areas - baggage deposit area is provided to store your items. If you are able to visit the museum without these items, it will be helpful as the queue for the lockers can be quite long. There is a lot to explore in the museum grounds and if you need to rest and recover, there are restaurants and cafes in the museum. Travelers are advised that the National Palace Museum is a very popular tourist attraction and hordes of tourists are to be expected.
To get to the National Palace Museum, ride the MRT Red Line the Shilin MRT Station and use Exit 1 to Zhongzheng Rd. Ride the R30 (red 30), minibus 18 or 19, or buses 255, 304 or 815. It's about 15 minutes to the museum. Alternatively, use the MRT Brown Line and disembark at Dazhi MRT station, then take the bus B13 (brown 13). The museum is open 8:30am-6:30pm daily.