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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

Yusense Hotel

No.55 Section 2 Zhishan Road, Taipei
4.4
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4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Shilin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chinese Culture and Movie Center and National Palace Museum. Shilin Night Market and Confucius Temple are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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Taipei Metro Stay-Shihlin Stay Plus

No.59, Daxi Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei
3.3
of 5, from 275 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Shilin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taipei Astronomical Museum and Shilin Night Market. National Palace Museum and Confucius Temple are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$79
Wego Boutique Hotel-Dazhi

Wego Boutique Hotel-Dazhi

No. 11, Jingye 3rd Rd., Zhongshan Dist, Taipei
4.0
of 5, from 159 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Zhongshan, 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 Dajia Riverside Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$53
Noble Hotel

Noble Hotel

No.12-1, Ln. 21, Sec. 2, Zhongcheng Rd., Taipei
4.1
of 5, from 33 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Shilin, 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 and Movie Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$144
Grand Victoria Hotel

Grand Victoria Hotel

168 Jingye 4th Road, Taipei
4.3
of 5, from 117 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Zhongshan, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Miramar Ferris Wheel and Miramar Entertainment Park. Dajia Riverside Park and National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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Bellezza Taipei Hotel

Bellezza Taipei Hotel

No.123, Lecyun 3rd Rd., Taipei
4.1
of 5, from 99 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Zhongshan, 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 Dajia Riverside Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$215
Grand Mayfull Hotel Taipei

Grand Mayfull Hotel Taipei

No.55, Lequn 2nd Road, Zhongshan Dist., Taipei
4.7
of 5, from 120 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Zhongshan, 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).

$90
SATO Castle

SATO Castle

No.75 Jingye 2nd Road, Taipei
3.8
of 5, from 160 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Zhongshan, 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 Dajia Riverside Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).