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National Taiwan Museum 國立臺灣博物館

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4 349 Reviews

Wednesday:09:30 - 17:00

4.4

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Introduction

The oldest of its kind in Taiwan, the National Taiwan Museum can be traced back to a showroom for the Bureau of Productive Industries (Shokusankyoku) erected by the colonial-era Taiwan Viceroy’s Office in 1899. The showroom’s displayed items were relocated to the Lottery Bureau behind the present-day Presidential Office, and gave rise to the 1908 opening of Taiwan Viceroy’s Office Museum. During 1913, the Qing-dynasty Tianhou Temple in what is now the 228 Peace Memorial Park was torn down to make way for the “Viceroy Kodama Gentaro and Chief Civil Administrator Goto Shinpei Memorial Museum”, which was a new project intended to house the Taiwan Viceroy’s Office Museum collection. It was rechristened the “Museum of Taiwan Province” in 1945 and “Taiwan Provincial Museum” in 1949, before receiving its current title “National Taiwan Museum” in 1999.

Sitting at the other end of Guanqian Road from Taipei Main Station, the National Taiwan Museum features a Grecian façade with towering columns, an acanthus leaves-embellished pediment and a domed hall accentuated by 32 columns, each with an ornate Corinthian capital, in addition to stained-glass skylights through which sunlight filters to cast dazzling patterns on the ground. While sentimentally bearing witness to Taiwan’s history, the Museum offers exhibitions as well as irregular events on a scale much unchanged since its founding.

Information

Themes
Historic Sites Art and Cultural Centers Public Art
Guiding Service
Booking
Subject
Family、Campus teaching
Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
Phone Number
+886-2-23822566
FAX
+886-2-23822684
Address
No. 2, Xiangyang Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

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Opening Hours

Sunday 09:30 - 17:00
Monday Off day
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00
Friday 09:30 - 17:00
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00

Services & Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Parking
  • Lost and found
  • Broadcast Service
  • Locker

Transportaiton

Nearby MRT

R Tamsui-Xinyi Line NTU Hospital

R Tamsui-Xinyi Line Taipei Main Station

G Songshan-Xindian Line Ximen

BL Bannan Line Shandao Temple

G Songshan-Xindian Line Beimen

G Songshan-Xindian Line Xiaonanmen

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Review

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Traveler rating

  1. 4 Terrible
  2. 19 Poor
  3. 104 Average
  4. 143 Very good
  5. 79 Excellent

Traveler type

  1. 74 Families
  2. 57 Couples
  3. 107 Solo
  4. 8 Business
  5. 57 Friends
  • oftheplanet

    Appreciate the building than the exhibitions, a quiet and concise architecture

    2020-10

    Appreciate the building and interiors (columns, ceiling, etc.) more than the exhibitions. Though it names "Nation museum" however there are quite few things or exhibitions can see. It is a museum I do like because in Taiwan you seldom can see this clean , simple, and spectacular western style museum. If you would like have some quite time, enjoy the simple art, you are advised to spend one hour to walk around to see this museum. Also, the entry ticket can also cross the road to explore "natural history branch" which also take you around one hour. If the weather is good, you can also stroll the park around national Taiwan museum. You can spend a whole day in this area and enjoy the art, relax and have some meditation.
  • 619je

    Keysborough, Australia

    Museum undergoes amazing transformation

    2020-08

    Years ago, this museum was dank and the exhibits were repaired with sticky tape It has not beeen touched since the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945). Now it has marvelous displays and the building is spick and span. It's walking distance from he Main Train Station. If you only see one museum in Taipei, see this.
  • Pierre E

    Washington D.C., Distrito de Columbia

    Worthwhile

    2020-03

    This is a relatively small museum, but it is packed with interesting artifacts and narrative about the island's history, whether about the aboriginal inhabitants or about its flora and faura. Located in beautiful Peace Park, the museum contains many pictures 100 years old+ of Taiwan's original residents and their villages, as well as many framed and preserved animals, insects, and shell creatures. A very interesting exhibit if you want to learn more about the island, including which native animals are now sadly extinct. A comprehensive visit won't take more than 2 hours tops. See the equally impressive museum across the street for a quick visit to dinosaur land -- ticket for one museum is valid for the other too. Seniors get in free!
  • 619jeffry

    Essendon, Australia

    Japan's gift to Taiwan

    2020-01

    The Museum was built during the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945). It has been renovated beautifully, it is well worth the small entry fee. At the moment there is a very impressive exhibition of Australian Aboriginal art on show. You learn a lot about Taiwan's people and fauna.
  • jbushman2017

    Fresno, California

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    Couples

    Nice Building, Little to See

    2020-01

    When museum that has the word NATIONAL in front of it I expect a lot and there is very little here and really nothing of quality. I can not speak to the other reviewers but I visited the museum today and this is what I found. The building is a nice, though smallish, exhibit hall with 4 floors. Tickets cost 30NTD or 1 US dollar. Two of the floors were closed (the basement and floor 2). Floor 1 had an exhibit on Australian bark paintings. Yes these were nice but I came to see the permanent collection and to learn about Taiwan. The 3rd floor, the only floor with Taiwan focused stuff essentially only had an exhibit on the early anthropological pioneers who came to Taiwan to collect specimens for the museum. So there were some stuffed small animals and some large scale models of some of the insects on the island, and biographical info on the collectors but that was it, a museum with next to know viewable collection! No dinosaurs, no dioramas with large mammals, really little to be seen. Thirty minutes top to bottom and my wife and I were ready to go. Now the museum was on our way as we were passing though the area, so for a 1 dollar ticket I did not mind spending 30 minutes here, but do not make go out of your way to come here, it is just not worth it.

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