With three days to spend in Taipei, you’ll get an overview of everything the city has to offer—culture, history, food, and natural beauty—with time to head outside the city limits to one of many worthy day trip destinations on the island. Here's how.
National Taiwan Museum
Established in 1908, the National Taiwan Museum is the oldest museum in Taiwan. Learn about Taiwan’s heritage, culture, and development through the museum’s expansive collections and exhibitions covering the geology, history, anthropology, culture, botany, and zoology of Taiwan and Southern China.
No.2, Xiangyang Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100
Constructed in 1915 on the site of a former temple, the museum was built in the Greek Renaissance style, featuring columns and a domed roof. Be sure to look up at the beautiful stained glass ceiling when you enter the main hall. The museum hosts a mix of changing exhibits along with permanent installations plus special and international exhibitions on various subjects related to natural history. Highlights include the largest anthropological collection in Taiwan and an impressive fossil assemblage.
You can purchase a ticket for entry to the museum only or a combo ticket that includes the Land Bank Exhibition Hall across the road. For convenience, book tickets ahead of time and have them delivered to your hotel.
Things to Know Before You Go
The National Taiwan Museum is a must for history and culture enthusiasts.
Photos for personal use is allowed, though flash and tripods are not.
Discounted admission is available for students, seniors, children ages 6 to 12, disabled citizens, and others.
Free guided tours in Mandarin Chinese are held at 10:30am and 2:30pm daily.
The museum is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The National Taiwan Museum is located inside the 228 Peace Memorial Park, about a 10-minute walk from Taipei Station. By MRT, take the Red Line to NTU Hospital Station (Exit 4) or the Blue Line to Taipei Railway Station (Exit 5).
When to Get There
The museum is open from 9:30am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday; it is closed on Chinese New Year’s Eve and Day. Free admission is offered 30 minutes before closing. The museum is rarely crowded, so it’s a good option when other attractions are packed.
Land Bank Exhibition Hall and Nanmen Park
The museum complex comprises the main building, the Land Bank Exhibition Hall across the road, and nearby Nanmen Park. Formerly a bank, the Land Bank Exhibition Hall houses a permanent exhibition on evolution and features a large collection of natural history artifacts and fossils, notably of dinosaurs. Nanmen Park was once the Taipei Nanmen Factory, the official camphor refinery during Japanese colonial rule, and opened to the public in 2013. Plans are in place to add the National Center of Photography and Railway Ministry Park to the museum’s offerings in future.
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