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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?

Open daily from 08:30 to 18:30 all year round.
Extension of opening hours at night: 18:30 - 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

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$250 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?

Take the MRT Tamsui-Xinyi Line to the Shilin Station and take bus R30 (Red 30 - Low-floor bus) to the National Palace Museum. Other routes that will take you to and near the Museum plaza are buses 255, 304, 815 (Sanchung – NPM Line), M1, Minibus 18 and Minibus 19.

Take the MRT Wenhu Line to the Dazhi Station and take bus B13 (Brown 13) to the National Palace Museum, alighting before the Front Facade Plaza of the Museum. Alternatively, visitors may choose to take the Wenhu Line and get off at Jiannan Rd. Station, then take bus B20 (Brown 20) to NPM's front entrance (Main Building).

For more information, please see the "Transportation" section.

What route should I take when driving to the Museum?

For routes, a map of the local area, and suggestions for parking, please see the "Transportation" section.

Are there tour services available at the Museum? In which languages are tours given?

Free tours are provided by the Museum in Mandarin Chinese and English. A tour in Mandarin Chinese is available daily at 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 2:30 PM. and 4:00 PM, while a tour in English is given daily at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. For all tours, visitors are asked to first report to the Information Desk and then gather in front of the Information Desk promptly at the specified time. For more information, please refer to " Gallery Tours ".

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, 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.

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.

When is the National Palace Museum open late in the evening? Is there any discounted ticket available?

Night-time opening hours:
By presenting the ROC ID, ROC Citizens may visit the exhibitions free-of-charge between 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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".

I've heard that there is a Chang Dai-ch'ien Memorial Residence at the Museum. Where is it? How do I visit?

The Chang Dai-ch'ien Memorial Residence is located at No.2, Lane 342, Zhishan Rd., Sec. 2, Shilin District, Taipei. It was the residence of the modern master Chang Dai-ch'ien and has been bequeathed to the Museum, which now manages it. It is open Tuesday to Sunday, except on Monday and national holidays. However, considering its limited size and the residential area in which it is located, those who wish to visit the residence must make an application to the Exhibition Services Department at the Museum one week in advance in order to schedule a visit time. Please call 886-2-2881-2021, extension 2683, or fax to 886-2-2881-4138.

Related Sites: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh96/dai-chien/

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.

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. Teachers need to purchase a regular ticket costs NT$250 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 Special Student Group Services?

Local humanities students can apply for free membership. Student groups need to call two weeks in advance and receive confirmation for free admission. Student groups of 10 or more must use GTS. Please 886-2-2881-2021, ext. 2298, for more information.

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. Physically challenged groups need to call in advance for special assistance: 886-2-2881-2021, ext. 2683.

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$230 per person, also plus a rental fee of NT$30 for the NPM audio tour unit. For more information, please refer to "Visit Info".

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–Chinese Bronzes through the Ages” in galleries 305 and 307, “From the Fountainhead Flows in Living Water: Jade from the Song, Liao, Jin, and Yuan Dynasties” in gallery 304. and “Art in Quest of Heaven and Truth–Chinese Jades through the Ages” in galleries 306 and 308. On the second floor, the exhibition “The Magic of Kneaded Clay: A History of Chinese Ceramics” 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. 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?

Restaurant: Fuchunju Café (Exhibition Area II) offers Western set meals.
Tea and snacks:
Xianjufu Café (1F East Wing, Exhibition Area I) offers Western-style desserts and an assortment of refreshments.
Silks Palace at the NPM : A glass façade architecture with three stories aboveground and two storey below ground level, offering diversified choices of cuisine, including famous Taiwanese snacks and delicate traditional Chinese cuisine.

For more information, see the section "Visit Info".

Where to Buy Gifts?

Curio Box Gift Shop, B1 Floor, Main Building (Open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
Ting-Yun Bookstore, Ling-Long Chamber, and Bao-Huei Gallery (2nd Floor) (Open 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
Zhishan Garden (Open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

All shops listed above (with the exception of Zhishan Garden) will extend their closing hour to 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays to coincide with the museum exhibitions.

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).

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. If artifacts have been newly collected, the museum will update information at any time.

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.

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.