National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum’s current collection of 8,000 years of Chinese history was originally from Beijing’s Forbidden City
If you’re at a loss for what to do in Taiwan during a rainy day, put this at the top of your list!
The world’s greatest collection of ancient Chinese art cannot be found in mainland China; it’s in the island capital of Taiwan. If there’s one Taipei museum you have to visit, it’s this...
The National Palace Museum’s current collection of 8,000 years of Chinese history was originally from Beijing’s Forbidden City. At the height of the Civil War, it was taken by the Central Government and transferred to Taipei in 1948. By 1949, the Communist Party had taken control of the remaining artifacts, so the entire collection could not be moved.
The historical scope of Chinese artifacts in this museum is unparalleled. The National Palace Museum of four floors and two exhibition halls is home to more than 600,000 antiquities spanning the Neolithic to the modern era.
Think: paintings, calligraphy, statues, bronzes, lacquerware, ceramics, jade and religious objects. Through the years, the museum’s collection expanded after being supplemented by acquisitions made from donations, purchases and transfers.
- MRT: You can take the MRT to either Shilin station or Dazhi station. From here, you will need to get on additional buses to reach the Museum.
No. 221, Section 2, Zhìshàn Rd, Shilin District; Opening Hours: Sun-Thu, 8:30am-6:30pm; Fri & Sat 8:30am-9:00pm