221 Chih Shan Road, Section 2
111 Taipei, Taiwan
Shilin District (Shih-lin)
tel: +886 2 2881 2021
fax: +886 2 2882 4138
NileGuide Expert tip:
Keep your camera's flash off to protect the artwork and keep you in the good graces of museum staff.
If museums are your thing, this one will not disappoint. The huge rotating collection contains paintings, ceramics, calligraphy, rare books, bronze, jade, filigree cloisonné and veneered furniture from both Taiwan and China, many of which survived the Cultural Revolution by being smuggled out of the mainland.
To really take in the scope of history and culture on display at the National Palace Museum, set aside a whole day to stroll through the displays. The exhibit halls get crowded, but you really don't want to skip the informative placards explaining each piece.
If you're worried about hitting up a museum with children, have no fear. Unlike most musty museums where you wouldn't dare take a toddler, the National Palace Museum has an entire childrens gallery in the basement with plenty of hands-on exhibits and activities.
The museum is open daily from 8:30 to 6:30.
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