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What route should I take when driving to the Museum?

  1. For directions to the NPM and map of the NPM's surrounding areas, please click on "Transportation" on the NPM official website.
  2. Visiting the NPM by car:
    (a)Going north on the Sun Yat-sen Freeway, exit at BinJiang Street in Taipei, take BinJiang Street and turn left onto the DaZhih Bridge. At the end of the bridge, take BeiAn Road and then go through the ZiQiang Tunnel. Turn right at the intersection of GuGong Road and ZhiShan Road to reach the Museum.
    (b)Driving south on the Sun Yat-sen Freeway, take the Neihu exit, turn left onto the expressway, and proceed to Section 1 of NeiHu Road and then go through the ZiQiang Tunnel. Turn right at the intersection of GuGong Road and ZhiShan Road to reach the Museum.
    (c)From Taipei's eastern district (Keelung Road), take the JhengCi Bridge to TiDing Boulevard and then go through the ZiQiang Tunnel to reach the Museum. From Taipei's Nangang District, take HuanDong Boulevard, TiDing Boulevard, and then go through the ZiQiang Tunnel to reach the Museum.
    (d)From Taipei's northern districts (Shihlin and Peitou), take Zhongshan Road or WenLin Road to ZhongZheng Road, turn left, and proceed to the intersection of ZhiShan Road, which will take you past GuGong Road and to the Museum.

If I cannot personally participate in a tour, is there any personalized audio tour equipment available?

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 "Gallery Tours" section.

Besides appreciating art at the Museum, are there any outdoor parks on the grounds to enjoy?

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 & Ticket Prices".

Are there any other cultural sites or places of interest near the National Palace Museum that I can visit?

The Museum is ideally located near other places of interest, including National Yang-ming-shan Park, the former Chiang Kai-shek Shih-lin residence, Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines, Martyrs' Shrine, Shih-lin night market, and others.

Where is the National Palace Museum? What's the address?

The Museum is located in the Taipei City suburb of Waishuangxi. The address is No.221, Sec. 2, Zhishan Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City 11143, Taiwan (R.O.C.) .

What are the Museum hours? What days are the Museum closed?

In order to prevent the spread of the Novel coronavirus epidemic (Wuhan pneumonia), from Feb. 14 to Apr. 30, 2020. 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 & Ticket Prices".

 

What are admission prices to the Museum? Are there any special or group discounts?

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 "Hours & Ticket Prices" section.

What means of mass transportation are available to get to the Museum?

1.Take theTamsui-Xinyi Line to Shilin Station and then take a transfer bus
Walk from Exit 1 of Shilin Station R16 for approximately 1-2 min to arrive at the bus stops on Zhongzheng Rd.; take Bus R30/紅30, 815, 304, 300, 255, S19/小19, S18/小18, or M1/市民小巴1 to the National Palace Museum (bus travel time is approximately 15 min)
 
2.Take the Wenhu Line to Jiannan Road Station and then take a transfer bus
Walk from Exit 1 of Jiannan Road Station BR15 and turn right on Beian Rd. to arrive at bus stops; take BR20/棕20, BL7/藍7 to the National Palace Museum (bus travel time is approximately 10 min)
 
3.Take the Wenhu Line to Dazhi Station and then take a transfer bus
Walk straight from Exit 3 of Dazhi Station BR14 to arrive at the bus stops on Beian Rd.; take BR13/棕13 to the National Palace Museum (bus travel time is approximately 10 min)
 
For more information, please see the "Transportation" section.

How does a group of students apply for tour guide service? Do international students need to purchase entrance tickets?

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.

How Do Groups Visit?

Groups of 10 or more are required to rent a Group Tour System for NT$30 apiece. Please purchase tickets at the Ground Floor Group Admission Desk and pick up the GTS at the Group Tour Desk. For more information, please contact 886-2-2883-3172, 886-2-2883-3277.

Are There Tours and Services for the Physically Challenged?

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.

Are There Services for Infants?

Nursing rooms are located on both sides of Ground Floor Exhibition Area I, and strollers are available at the 1F checkroom.

Does the National Palace Museum use an audio tour guide system? How much does a visitor need to pay?

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 "Visiting".

Where to Begin?

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

A.Historical Routes:
The third floor features the following exhibitions: “Rituals Cast in Brilliance: Masterpieces of Bronzes in the Museum Collection” in galleries 305 and 307, “Scents to the Heavens: A Special Exhibition on Agarwood and the Culture of Incense” in gallery 304. 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.

B.Thematic Exhibitions:
The NPM hosts specially planned permanent displays centered on the themes of Buddhist religion (gallery 101), imperial collection (gallery 106), and furniture (gallery 108).

C.Special Exhibitions:
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). Please refer to "Exhibits: Visitor Trails" for more information.

V. Others
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.

Where to Dine?

  1. Xianjufu Café (1F East Wing, Exhibition Area I) offers light meals, cakes, Taiwanese-style desserts and tea, coffee, and souvenirs.
  2. Fuchunju Café (Exhibition Area II) offers set meals, beef noodle soup, cakes, Taiwanese-style tea, and coffee.
  3. The Silks Palace, an independent building with glass curtain walls, is located on the right of the NPM Main Building exit (as viewed from inside the exit). The Silks Palace offers a variety of food options: On the first floor, it offers dishes that are linked to NPM artifacts (e.g., the Jadeite Cabbage, Meat-shaped Stone, and curio boxes) as well as Taiwanese and Cantonese food. On the second floor, it offers a private room serving famous Taiwanese cuisine such as beef noodles, danzi noodles, Taiwan shrimp rolls, minced pork rice, wagui, and douhua. On the third floor, it offers a banquet hall that can accommodate 35 tables.

    For more information, see the section "Food & Beverages".

Where can I purchase souvenirs?

  1. The National Palace Museum (NPM) Store located on B1 of the NPM Main Building (i.e., the "Duobaoge" Store)
  2. The NPM Stores located on 2F of the NPM Main Building (i.e., the "Tingyun," "Linglongguan," and "Baohuilang" Stores)

    For more information, see the section "Gift Shops".

Is there any service window for inquiries about authentication of paintings and calligraphies?

Yes. To serve the public, 2:00-4:00p.m.every Tuesday (there's no need to make an appointment in advance, but the service stops during holidays) is open to the public for arranging inquiries, which is free of charge. We only use a verbal approach to offer relevant information. Therefore, if you need this service, please contact the Information Desk of the Administration Building within the period mentioned above. Because the museum is not responsible for authenticating artifacts, any proof or document will not be certified. Also, people are not allowed to use provided information for profit.

Is there any service window for inquiries about authentication of books and documents?

Yes. The National Palace Museum has a service for inquiries about books and documents. Because authentication of cultural or historical artifacts is not the museum's legal business, what the museum would like to do is to offer an academic inquiry service. The museum's researchers will provide opinions related to academic studies. No fee will be charged and no document will be certified. If you need this service, contact us to make an appointment for arranging inquiry by phone. Contact Tel. No.: 886-2-2881-2021 (Ext. 2740).

How many collections are there in the National Palace Museum?

Please refer to "Administration/ About the NPM/ Objects & Management/ Categories in the Collection" in the official website. NPM updates its artifact-related information every month.

Is there any service window for inquiries about authentication of artifacts?

Yes. The National Palace Museum has an inquiry service about artifacts. Because authentication of artifacts is not the museum's legal business, we only offer an academic inquiry service. The museum's researchers will provide opinions related to academic studies. No fee will be charged and no document will be certified. If you need this service, contact us to make an appointment for arranging inquiry by phone. Contact Tel. No.: 886-2-2881-2021 (Ext: 2333).

How to Contact Us ?

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:

By phone:
Please call 886-2-2881-2021 during office hours

By e-mail:service@npm.gov.tw

By mail:
National Palace Museum
No.221, Sec. 2, Zhishan Rd.,
Shilin Dist., Taipei City 11143,
Taiwan (R.O.C.)

What activities of educational promotion does the museum provide? When do they take place?

The museum regularly organizes seminar concerning artifacts in summer and winter vacations, and holds "Project of Fun with Arts—Activities of Experience of the Life Aesthetics" all year around. In addition, coordinating with exhibitions, speeches and activities of parents and children also take place. Details can be found in the section "Hot News" posted in the official website of the museum.

Can I freely use the images that appear on the National Palace Museum website?

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.

What do I do if I lose my belongings at the NPM?

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.

How do I become a "Friend of the National Palace Museum"?

For information on the "Friends of the National Palace Museum" program, please see "Joining the NPM".

I would like to volunteer at the Museum. How do I sign up?

For information on becoming a volunteer or docent at the Museum, please refer to the "Joining the NPM" section.

Where can I view NPM image ads and film shorts?

To view the NPM’s promotional videos, click on the Youtube link under the mobile video section to be connected to the NPM’s Youtube channel.

Does the NPM offer any educational multimedia films concerning artifacts in the official website to let the public browse and learn?

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.

What do I do if I forgot my account name or password?

Click on "Forget password?" to initiate an inquiry. Then all you need to do is enter the e-mail account you used when filling in the registration information to become a Member, and our servers will automatically send you the account name and password to that e-mail account, where you can retrieve the information you need.