National Palace Museum

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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.

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 Mondays, Apr. 2 (day of Chang Dai-ch'ien's passing), and all other 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 886-2-6610-3600, extension 2683.

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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.

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

Extension of opening hours at night: 18:30 - 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
R.O.C. citizens may visit the exhibitions in the Main Building free-of-charge daily from 16:30 onwards by showing ID, in effect from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.

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 "Visiting".

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 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. 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.

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, “Limpid Radiance ─ A Special Exhibition of Glass Artifacts from the Museum Collection” 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.