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Taipei National Palace Museum
Taipei National Palace Museum

Taipei National Palace Museum

2 Zhishan Road, Shilin District, Taipei, 11143

The Basics

Opened in 1965, the National Palace Museum was designed in the style of a traditional imperial palace. Spread over four floors and two exhibition halls, the museum’s exhibits are on constant rotation and only a small portion of the museum’s vast holdings are shown at any given time. Pieces date from the neolithic age to the modern era, though the majority of pieces are from the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. Don’t miss the jadeite cabbage and the meat-shaped stone, two of the museum’s most famous pieces.

The National Palace Museum is one of the top attractions in Taipei and features on most sightseeing tours, along with other must-sees such as Taipei 101 and the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. Visit on a hop-on hop-off bus for the most flexibility, or opt for a private city tour to combine the museum with other sights on your list.

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Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket
Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket
$52.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great little taste of Taipei!
Tony was awesome! He was very thorough and answered all my questions. Very attentive and paid attention to all the details. He made sure I got to see everything I was supposed to see.
James_W, Apr 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Taipei

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Good day in Taipei
Erwein_C, Jan 2020
Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket
This tour is a must for first time visitors to Taipei. The only downside was the tour guide was not fluent in English so a lot of the history was lost in translation. The pick up was also late which is a first for us because in our other tours, the guide or bus will be at the pick up point earlier. We made sure to be at the meeting place 10 minutes early. As we were the first to be picked up, there was no excuse for the tardiness.
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Great coverage of Taipei in just few hours
kevjanle, Oct 2019
Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket
We were literally on the run from the start of tour to the end of tour, 5 min here, 10 min there, etc. Tour guide was busy translating 2 languages back and forth. It was good coverage but a little hectic for everyone, including the guide. It would be better to extend 1-2 hours even with increased price so everyone can enjoy and comprehend what they’re seeing instead of just taking pictures and running to the next attraction.
star-5
Taipei City Half Day Tour
craigmnz2019, Aug 2019
Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket
Totally recommend this tour if your time is short and you just want a overview of some of the main attractions in Taipei. The local tour operator will pick up and drop off at your hotel. The guide is very friendly and spoke English well, including Japanese. Throughly enjoyed.
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Felix is great!
Drew B, Jul 2019
Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket
We had a small group of 7 people on this tour. Felix arrived 10 minutes early and greeted us in the lobby. His English was fantastic and he was full of information about everything. We were able to see the changing of the guards at both the Chang Shek Memorial and the Hall which was awesome. I can't believe we saw as much as we did in 4 hours!! I would highly recommend booking this tour and asking for Felix - he will not disappoint!
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Fun and Educational Tour
Meander37416629525, Apr 2019
Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket
Taipei is beautiful! We went to a lot of different places within our 4-5 hour window. Our guide, Eddie was very knowledgeable and friendly. Really enjoyed our tour.
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Very effective
Jorn49, Feb 2019
Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket
With just little time in Taipei, this was a perfect introduction to the various attractions. Very competent and friendly guide
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hald day tour taipei
rene_r, Mar 2019
Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket
Very good tour... guide was fluent both in english and japanese we were a group of fflipinos Japanese and Israeli. In depth knowledge of the sites were provided by the tour guide...very knowledgeable...
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Taste of Taipei
Rodney_D, Feb 2020
Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket
This tour gives a good overview of Taipei and some of the major sites - it is a short tour and so don't set your expectations too high for getting in everything there is to see in Taipei. However our guide was good and knowledgeable and gave a lot of helpful information. At the Museum we had about an hour and a half where after the guide showed a few of the highlights - we were free to explore the things that most interested us. While I am sure there are perhaps other tours which are much longer and more in-depth (as well as much more expensive) - this was a great introduction to Taipei and Taiwan.
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Educational
Paul_B, Sep 2019
Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket
This largely depends on the tour guide. We were very lucky to have Kuo Yachich (Sophia) who had excellent background knowledge of the places we visited and was able to explain in clear English. We learnt from her a lot about the history of Taiwan, particularly the places we visited and Taiwanese culture and traditions during this tour. We were disappointed in guides from other tour operators who did not show the same qualities needed to satisfy visitors' curiosity about places they are visiting.
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Efficient introduction to Taipei's top sites
Marian_R, Dec 2018
Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket
This tour gives a brief over-view of some of Taipei's most popular sites. It offers an easy way to get from point to point, especially if you have limited time in the city. I would have liked more in-depth cultural and historical information at each site, rather than the rather superficial input that we received. The stop at the Buddhist temple was rushed, with no information about the significance of this particular temple. The guide was clearly focused on getting us to the the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial for the changing of the guard, which was quite impressive. Personally, I felt that the stop at the arts and crafts store was not necessary, and I found the staff there to be a bit pushy. A huge plus of this tour is that they offer hotel pick-up and drop off at many hotels within a given radius. The pick-up was punctual, and the van was comfortable. The guide did the narrative in Japanese and English, and was very easy to understand.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The National Palace Museum is a must-visit for those interested in Chinese history, culture, and art.

  • Audio guides in 13 languages are available for rental.

  • Free tours are given in Mandarin four times a day and English twice a day. Book ahead, as there are limits on group size.

  • Bags are not permitted in the museum; lockers are available for rent.

  • The museum is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The museum is located in Taipei’s Shilin district. By MRT, take the Red Line to Shilin Station, then take bus R30 to the museum; or take the Brown Line to Dazhi Station and take bus B13 to the museum. Buses 255, 304, 815, and M1 also stop near the museum.

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When to Get There

The museum’s main building is open from 8:30am to 6:30pm daily, with extended hours to 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The museum is extremely popular and can get very crowded; visit on Mondays or late on Fridays and Saturdays, when the museum isn’t as busy.

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History Behind the Collection

The museum’s collection used to reside in the Imperial Palace Museum in the Forbidden City in Beijing. In 1933, when the Japanese Army threatened northern China, the museum directors moved and hid nearly 20,000 crates. Then in 1948 and 1949, after the Communists rose to power, Chiang Kai-Shek shipped around 3,000 crates to Taiwan, where they were kept out of sight until the National Palace Museum opened in 1965.

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