The NPM’s collections are displayed in the forms of permanent and special exhibitions. You are recommended to start your visit from the Orientation Gallery (Room 102) located in the west wing of the main building. Below are suggested visiting routes based on collection type.
I. Painting and Calligraphy
Located on the second floor of the West Wing (Galleries 202, 204, 206, 208, 210 and 212). The contents of the permanent exhibitions rotate every three months and sometimes may include special exhibitions.
II. Rare Books and Historical Documents
Gallery 103 in the East Wing and Gallery 104 in the West Wing hold rotating exhibitions presented by the Department of Rare Books and Documents.
III. Antiquities- Divided into Three Categories
The third floor features the following exhibitions: “Rituals Cast in Brilliance: Masterpieces of Bronzes in the Museum Collection” in galleries 305 and 307, Snuff: The Trend of Snuff Bottles from the Qing Court in gallery 303. and “Art in Quest of Heaven and Truth: Masterpieces of Jades in the Museum Collection” in galleries 306 and 308. On the second floor, the exhibition “The Magic of Kneaded Clay: Ceramic Collection of the National Palace Museum” is featured in galleries 201, 205 and 207.
The NPM hosts specially planned permanent displays centered on the themes of Buddhist religion (gallery 101), imperial collection (gallery 106), and furniture (gallery 108).
Special Exhibitions are organized in gallery 303 and gallery 203 on a regular basis.
IV. Visitor Trails
The NPM introduces four visiting routes, namely "Selections I" (approximately 60 minutes long), "Selections II" (approximately 100 minutes long), "The Emperor's Treasure Chests" (approximately 30 minutes long), and "Treasure Hunting" (approximately 80 minutes long).
The first floor of the east wing (galleries 105, 107) holds joint special exhibitions organized by the Department of Painting and Calligraphy, the Department of Antiquities, and the Department of Rare Books and Documents from time to time. The space is also used for exhibitions of modern painting and calligraphy, providing visitors with a variety of artistic experiences.
The group which applies for a tour guide is required to make a reservation two weeks in advance, and we are not accepted additional documents submitted afterwards. The museum staff arranges a tour guide by the application order generally, or we provide audio tools for some incidental reasons. The audio system and guiding staff are free of charge, and application forms can be downloaded from the website of the museum.
Meanwhile, the ticket price for domestic students is free, and it for international students costs NT$150 per person (international students are required to present their International Student Identity Cards (ISICs)). Tickets are free for students of all nationalities who are under 18 years of age. Teachers need to purchase a regular ticket costs NT$350 per person.
For further information, please see the "Visiting" in the official website.
Wheelchairs are available in the 1F checkroom at Exhibition Area I. Accessible elevators are located in Ground Floor west wing, 1F east wing and the 1F behind the Orientation Gallery. Accessible restroom is located in 1F east wing and on the two sides of the hall on the B1 floor. Physically challenged groups need to call in advance for special assistance: 886-2-2881-2021, ext. 2384.
To improve the tour quality for visitors and to maintain peace and comfort in the exhibition galleries, effective July 1, 2007 the NPM is fully implementing its new group audio tour system. All groups of ten or more purchasing group admission tickets to the NPM exhibition areas must purchase and use the NPM group audio tour system. The ticket price of group is NT$320 per person (and NT$150 per person for Taiwanese citizens who present their National Identification Card), also plus a rental fee of NT$30 for the NPM group audio tour unit. For more information, please refer to "Guided tours
The Museum is located in the Taipei City suburb of Waishuangxi. The address is No.221, Sec. 2, Zhishan Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City 111001, Taiwan (R.O.C.) .
In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the new opening hours are as follows:
Open from Tuesday to Sunday between 09:00 and 17:00.
Close on Mondays
On New Year's Day (Jan. 1), the Lantern Festival, the International Museum Day (May 18), the World Tourism Day (Sept. 27), the National Day of the Republic of China (Oct. 10), and the Taiwan Culture Day (Oct. 17), visitors of all nationalities can visit the museum free of charge.
For more information, see the section "Hours".
Admission for general audiences to the Museum is NT$350 per person. There is also admission at discount prices or for free for certain individuals and for groups. For more specific information, please refer to the "Admission
With the small-sized and lightweight audio hand-held devices visitors can now enjoy personalized tours by choosing what they want to listen to during their visit in the galleries. The audio touring system provided by the NPM, available in Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, Hakka Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, German, Cantonese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Sign Language for the cost of NT$150 per rental. Visitors who wish to rent the audio players can inquire at the audio tour information desk. For other information, please see the "Guided Tours" section.
In addition to exhibition galleries, the grounds also include the Zhishan and Zhide Gardens, flanking either side of the Museum. They offer visitors and the public a way to enjoy traditional Chinese garden landscaping and architecture, where one can relax and enjoy the outdoors. The Zhishan Garden is open Tuesday to Sunday and admission is NT$20 per person. The Zhide Garden is always open, and admission is free. For more information, please refer to "Hours".
The National Palace Museum welcomes inquiries from those who need additional information. Please contact us and we will replay to you as soon as possible.
You can contact The National Palace Museum in several ways:
Please call 886-2-2881-2021 during office hours
National Palace Museum
No.221, Sec. 2, Zhishan Rd.,
Shilin Dist., Taipei City 111001,
Because authenticating artifacts is not one of the National Palace Museum’s (NPM) statutory operations, the NPM does not offer antiquity authentication services. However, to better serve the public, NPM researchers will offer their academic opinions on artifacts brought by the public to be examined at the NPM. The aforementioned academic opinions are free of charge, but no certification documents will be issued. If you wish to use the aforementioned inquiry services, please call the NPM at 886-2-2881-2021 (ext. 2333) and make an appointment.
To ensure complete evaluations, visitors who have made an appointment may bring no more than three antiquities of the same type for consultation.
The National Palace Museum (NPM) offers book and document-related inquiry services. However, it does not provide cultural and/or historical artifact authentication services (i.e., they are not a part of its statutory operations). Nevertheless, to service the public, NPM researchers will offer their academic opinions on artifacts brought to the NPM (by the public) to be examined. The aforementioned academic opinions are free of charge, and no certification documents are issued. If you wish to use the aforementioned inquiry services, please call the NPM at 886-2-6610-3600 (ext. 2740) and make an appointment.
Please refer to "Categories in the Collection" in the official website. NPM updates its artifact-related information every month.
If you would like to use images that appear on the National Palace Museum website for academic, research, educational, publication, video broadcasting, or commercial purposes, or for any other public function, such as participating in inter-school website design competitions (whether for profit or not), you should first receive permission and/or purchase images for such from the National Palace Museum before actually using them. When using any such images, you must also clearly indicate their source and identify them with the following label: "Collection of the National Palace Museum". First consult the "NPM Image Authorization Information Management and Fees Standards", and if you have any further questions about the uses of image authorization, please refer to "National Palace Museum Artifacts Images and Publication Licensing Instructions". Thank you.
For information on the "Friends of the National Palace Museum" program, please see "Joining the NPM".
For information on becoming a volunteer or docent at the Museum, please refer to the "Joining the NPM" section.
To view the NPM’s promotional videos, click on the Youtube link on NPM Online Website to be connected to the NPM’s Youtube channel.
The National Palace Museum (NPM) iPalace Channel offers a variety of educational videos for online browsing and learning. To access it, please visit the NPM official website, click on the subheading Learning and then NPM iPalace Channel.
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In the application process to become a NPM Web Member, there is only one e-mail account that can be used for each individual. If you receive a message saying that your e-mail is already in use, perhaps you have already used this e-mail account to apply for NPM e-Newsletter membership or previously applied to become a NPM Web Member. If this is case, please go to your NPM e-Newsletter account (the e-mail account you use to receive the NPM e-Newsletter) or your NPM Web Member account. If you have forgotten your account name or password, please click on "Forget password?" to initiate an inquiry. Thank you.
Please visit the NPM Security’s Office located on the B1 floor of the NPM exhibition hall and file a report. The NPM will notify you once your belongings have been found.