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National Palace Museum, Shilin

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Must see · History Museum · Specialty Museum
Home to an unsurpassed collection of Chinese artifacts and artworks, National Palace Museum preserves nearly 10,000 years of Chinese history with some items dating back to Neolithic times. Most of its 700,000 pieces--including ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, religious sculptures, jade carvings, weapons, and Qing and Ming dynasty furniture--were collected by Chinese emperors themselves. Officially founded in the Forbidden City in 1925, the museum was moved to its present building in 1965 and then expanded on several occasions due to the sheer size of the collection. Do not miss the most popular exhibits: a skillfully carved piece of jade shaped like a cabbage with two grasshoppers hiding in its leaves, a meat-shaped stone, and a bronze bell specially made for King Li of Zhou. Arrange to visit National Palace Museum and other attractions in Taipei using our Taipei trip planner.
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  • We enjoyed very very much to be here & visited this magnificent museum. Highly recommended - It’s worthy to pay a visit !  more »
  • Full disclosure: I am not a museum person. But after visiting the southern branch of the museum in Chiayi we decided to come to Taipei to see the main branch. I was pleasantly surprised and...  more »
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  • Such a beautiful museum with excellent collection. Many many famous pieces are here. Easier can spend 3~4 hours of your time. If you want to know the rich Asian culture and history then this definitely a place for you. Quiet atmosphere, plenty of area where you can have a sit. Please do check out the gift shop, good quality products can be souvenirs :)
  • Beautiful place. There are really a lot of information about Taiwan history, it's nice when you know Chinese because mostly there are a lot of historical things on Chinese and probably you should know a bit history for visiting museum. But anyway it was a nice experience, a lot of stairs of different historical periods. Also there is so beautiful park there with nice colourful big fishes, interesting buildings and rare trees. Great atmosphere. And one more thing in museum on the first floor there is a restaurant where you can have a dinner, you can try some European food by average price

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