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National Palace Museum

Once kept for the solitary enjoyment of emperors, today the world’s largest collection of Chinese antiquities and treasures can be enjoyed by all.

Visit the National Palace Museum to see one of the world’s largest collections of Chinese art and artifacts, spanning 8,000 years of multiple dynasties. The museum was created in 1925, just 13 years after the establishment of the Republic of China.  

Follow China's history chronologically through exhibits from the Chinese Neolithic culture of 4500 to 2700 B.C., to the 20th century. Examine Chinese bronzes and jades and learn about the history of Chinese ceramics and pottery. Admire paintings from the Tang dynasty, calligraphy from the Chin dynasty, rare books from the Sung dynasty and documents from the Ch' ing dynasty.

A favorite exhibit is that of the incredible carvings from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Don’t miss the carving inside a walnut shell, which is best viewed through a magnifying lens, or the boat carved from a tiny olive stone. From lacquerware and musical instruments, to pocket watches and glassware, the museum’s collection is so vast that the exhibits are in constant rotation. 

Take a break and enjoy dim sum or sip Chinese tea in the Sanxitang Teahouse. the museum also has two cafés and a restaurant. If you are visiting on the weekends, enjoy the free traditional music. 

The museum emphasizes learning and hosts weekly events, discussions and art performances. There are storytelling activities, an educational children’s garden, family activities and an e-learning resource. Attend a workshop on Chinese calligraphy or a class on Chinese art history and aesthetics. You can reach the National Palace Museum by bus and train.

Opening hours vary depending on the exhibition, so call ahead if there is something specific you wish to see. Arrive early to avoid tour bus crowds. Personal and audio-guided tours in English are also available. There are admission discounts for students, children and people with disabilities. Note that taking photographs and videos is prohibited in the exhibition halls.


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Yusense Hotel $115
Yusense Hotel

Yusense Hotel

No.55 Section 2 Zhishan Road, Taipei
     
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    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of National Palace Museum, Shilin Night Market, and Taipei Confucius Temple. Taipei Sogo and Taipei Astronomical Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Noble Hotel
    Noble Hotel

    Noble Hotel

    No.12-1, Ln. 21, Sec. 2, Zhongcheng Rd., Taipei
       
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      Situated in a regional park, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Taipei Sogo and within 3 mi (5 km) of National Palace Museum and Shilin Night Market. Taipei Astronomical Museum and Chinese Culture University are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Wego Boutique Hotel-Dazhi
      Wego Boutique Hotel-Dazhi

      Wego Boutique Hotel-Dazhi

      No. 11, Jingye 3rd Rd., Zhongshan Dist, Taipei
         
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        Located in the heart of Taipei, this boutique motel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Miramar Entertainment Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of National Palace Museum and Shilin Night Market. Miramar Ferris Wheel and National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Grand Victoria Hotel
        Grand Victoria Hotel

        Grand Victoria Hotel

        168 Jingye 4th Road, Taipei
           
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          Located in the heart of Taipei, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Miramar Ferris Wheel and Miramar Entertainment Park. National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine and Xingtian Temple are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          SATO Castle $97
          SATO Castle

          SATO Castle

          No.75 Jingye 2nd Road, Taipei
             
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            Located in the heart of Taipei, this spa motel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Miramar Entertainment Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Shilin Night Market. Miramar Ferris Wheel and National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Bellezza Taipei Hotel $98
            Bellezza Taipei Hotel

            Bellezza Taipei Hotel

            No.123, Lecyun 3rd Rd., Taipei
               
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              Situated in Taipei, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Miramar Entertainment Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of National Palace Museum and Shilin Night Market. Miramar Ferris Wheel and National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Grand Mayfull Hotel Taipei
              Grand Mayfull Hotel Taipei

              Grand Mayfull Hotel Taipei

              No.55, Lequn 2nd Road, Zhongshan Dist., Taipei
                 
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                Situated on the riverwalk, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Miramar Entertainment Park and Miramar Ferris Wheel. Lin An Tai Ancestral House and Xinsheng Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Taipei Marriott Hotel
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                Taipei Marriott Hotel

                No. 199 Lequn 2nd Road, Taipei
                   
                  4.5
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                  Located in the heart of Taipei, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Miramar Ferris Wheel and within 3 mi (5 km) of National Palace Museum and Shilin Night Market. Miramar Entertainment Park and National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine are also within 2 mi (3 km).