Visiting Museums and Monuments in Taipei
History, art, astronomy – find out about some of the main museums and monuments in Taipei...
Taipei's museums are generally closed on Mondays and some are also closed on national holidays, such as Chinese New Year’ Eve and the first two days of Chinese New Year.
Usually, set or promotional tickets are available at discounted prices prior to the starting date of special exhibitions. Discounted tickets for joint exhibitions held between two museums are sometimes available. On 18 May, which is Museum Day, there is no admission fee for museums.
Discounted or free admission (depending on each museum's policy) is available to Members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the American Association of Museums (AAM), or the Chinese Association of Museums of the Republic of China. ID is necessary.
People with disabilities who have disability cards enter museums for free. Students, groups, and the elderly are charged at discount rates.
Taking photographs or filming is not allowed in museums.
Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (MOCA): Heritage site with 11 galleries displaying art, design and architecture works by foreign and local artists. There are no permanent exhibitions and galleries change regularly.
- At: 39 Chang-An West Road, Taipei 103
Tel: 02 2552 3721
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00
Miniatures Museum of Taiwan: The first Asian-themed museum dedicated to masterpieces of contemporary miniature art, the museum is home to a global collection, with about 200 items on display.
- At: B1, No. 96, Section 1, JianGuo North Road, Taipei 10489
Tel: 02 2515 0583
Open: 10:00-18:00; closed Mondays, Chinese New Year's Eve, and the day before Chinese New Year's Eve
National Museum of History: The museum's traditional architectural style reflects that of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The museum, which regularly hosts international exhibitions, has an extensive collection, including original masterpieces from the Henan Museum, Japanese relics from the Sino-Japanese War, including bronzes, pre-Qin pottery, Han green-glazed pottery, figurines, Tang tri-coloured pottery and other treasures. The museum covers the Neolithic period, the Shang, Zhou, Han, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as the present. There are also two restaurants.
- At: 49 Nan Hai Road, Taipei City 100 Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00
Tel: 02 2361 0270
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00
National Palace Museum: Features priceless Chinese art spanning five thousand years of Chinese history. There are over 650,000 artefacts, from the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, including painting and calligraphy, rare books and documents. Regular temporary exhibitions for imported works are organised as well. The museum also has a Children's Gallery for kids aged five to 12, with interactive exhibitions to help children discover the fine arts. English guided tours take place twice a day.
- At: 221 Zhishan Road, Section 2, Shilin District, Taipei City 111
Tel: 02 2881 2021
Open: daily 08:30-18:30
National Taiwan Museum: The oldest museum in Taiwan, it was opened in 1908 by Japan's colonial government and is located inside the 228 Memorial Peace Park. Declared a National Heritage, it houses material on the lives of the original inhabitants of Taiwan as well as cultural artefacts. One of the main highlights is the Yellow Tiger Flag, which was created when locals declared the Republic of Taiwan in 1895. Special exhibitions are held on a regular basis.
- At: 2 Xiangyang Road, Taipei City 100
Tel: 02 2382 2566
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 09:30-17:00, including national holidays
Postal Museum: The museum traces the history and evolution of Taiwan's postal service. Housed in a ten-floor building, the ground floor functions as a post office, while the rest of the floors are for exhibitions
- At: 45 Chongqing South Road, Section 2, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City 10075
Tel: 02 2394 5185 ext. 811
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 09:00-17:00
Taipei Astronomical Museum: The museum has three floors of exhibits on themes such as ancient astrology, the solar system, the stars and the earth. Some of the highlights include an equatorial theodolite, a celestial globe and ecliptic sundials. In addition there is an adventure theme-park ride, a 3D theatre and an observatory dome for stargazing.
- At: 363 Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei 11160
Tel: 02 2831 4551 ext. 511
Open: Tuesday to Friday and Sunday 09:00-17:00, Saturday 09:00-20:00
Taipei Fine Arts Museum: Museum of modern art with over 4,000 exhibits by local and international artists. Taiwan's history is reflected through a series of contemporary oil paintings. Art materials can be bought at the museum and there is also a library.
- At: 181 Zhongshan North Road, Section 3, Zhongshan District, Taipei City 10461
Tel: 02 2595 7656
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 09:30-17:30, until 20:30 on Saturdays
Tamsui Historical Museum: The museum was built in 2005 and holds regular exhibitions. Tamsui has an important history in Taiwan's coastal defence due to its location on the Tamsui River estuary. Many cultures have left their footprint, reflected in the buildings and monuments, creating a town with rich cultural assets and a unique style.
- At: 32-2, Alley 6, Section 1, Zhongzheng Road, Tamsui District, New Taipei City 251
Tel: 02 2621 2830
There are three main monuments in Taipei: the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine and the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. Entry is free, but not for concerts and exhibitions.
The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall honours Chiang Kai-shek, a former President of the Republic of China. The Memorial Hall Square features an octagonal roof with white-and-blue tiles, and the ground level houses a library and a museum. The main hall is guarded during open hours and a gun-exchange ceremony takes place every hour when shifts change. International and traditional Chinese operas and concerts are performed regularly at the National Theatre and National Concert Hall. Public areas are open 24 hours; the main hall is open 09:00-18:00.
- At: 21 Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District,Taipei City 10048
Tel: 02 2343 1100
The National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine was founded in 1969 to honour soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the wars fought for the establishment of the Republic of China over a century ago. The buildings are replicas of a Ming Dynasty palace, specifically the Taihe Dian Imperial Palace in Beijing. The main house displays the spirit tablets of about 390,000 soldiers killed during the Xinhai Revolution, Northern Expedition, Second Sino-Japanese War, Chinese Civil War, and the First and Second Taiwan Strait Crises. A gun-exchange ceremony when guards change shift takes place every hour.
- At: 139 Bei-an Road, Taipei City 104
The National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall was built in 1972. It features gardens, decorative historical walls, a statue of Sun Yat-sen at the main entrance, a performance hall and multimedia theatre, exhibition and audio-visual centres, lecture halls and a library. A gun-exchange ceremony when guards change shift takes place every hour. Multilanguage tour services are available in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean. Public areas are open 24 hours; the main hall is open 09:00-18:00.
- At: 505 Ren-ai Road, Section 4, Taipei 110
Tel: 02 2758 8008