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National Palace Museum, Taipei: 34 reviews and 50 photos

  National Palace Museum
by chewy3326

The National Palace Museum (Gugong buowuyuan) (故宮博物院) is easily one of the best history museums in the world. With a collection of over 600,000 artifacts, only 15,000 are displayed at any time and exhibits are regularly rotated. The National Palace Museum was under major renovation during my visit (this has been going on since 2004) and isn't expected to be finished until 2007; about two-thirds of the museum was inaccessible. Still, it took me a full day to get through the remaining exhibits.

The National Palace Museum has items collected by various Chinese dynasties over the centuries; some of its artifacts date back to the Shang and Xia Dynasties (about 4000 years ago). During the Chinese civil war, the Nationalist government was in control of all the artifacts, and was able to ship most of it to Keelung when the Communists took control in 1949. At first, the artifacts were not unpacked, as the Nationalists expected to regain control of the mainland, but after the hopes of that diminished the National Palace Museum was built and the artifacts were put on display.

Note that photography is prohibited within the museum; also be warned that there are plenty of schools (generally elementary and middle schools) that schoolchildren on field trips here (which makes the whole place crowded). Admission to the National Palace Museum is NT 100, NT 50 for students; you can also rent audio guides in Chinese, English, Taiwanese, and Japanese for NT 100. Most interpretive signs in the museum are in both Chinese and English.

Directions: East of the Shilin district, north of Neihu; rather out of the way, though you can probably get there by bus from the Shilin MRT stop.
Phone: 02-2881-2021
Website: http://www.npm.gov.tw/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 15, 2006
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