Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Taiwan’s leading contemporary art museum, the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA is housed in a colonial, red-brick building—and former elementary school and city hall—dating to the 1920s. Inside, the airy exhibition spaces showcase groundbreaking Taiwanese and international artists in a series of temporary exhibitions.
Open since 2001, Taipei’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is one of the city’s quintessential, cutting-edge art destinations. Artsy types and culture-driven visitors flock here for the experimental and boundary-pushing exhibitions, which cover media ranging from photography, video art, design, and architecture to performance art, installation pieces, and more.
MOCA is conveniently situated in central Taipei, making it easy to plan a visit as part of an independent, cultural day out. Nearby attractions like the National Taiwan Museum and Taipei City Hall can round out a self-led itinerary.
Things to know before you go
- English-language audio guides are available, and free museum tours are hosted twice daily.
- Children under six can visit for free, and free family days are hosted every Saturday, Sunday, and on public holidays.
- Luggage and most personal bags must be checked upon entry.
- MOCA Taipei is fully accessible to wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.
- An on-site gift shop is the perfect place to pick up artsy souvenirs.
How to get there
Taipei’s MOCA is centrally located. If using public transportation, take the MRT Red or Green Lines to Zhongshan Station, or use local bus services. The museum is also accessible by taxi, by bike, or on foot.
When to get there
MOCA is open every day except Monday, from 10am–6pm; the last entry is 30 minutes prior to closing time. As the museum hosts a regularly rotating range of temporary exhibitions, it’s worth planning repeat visits.
Top Destinations for Visiting Art Lovers
In addition to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei offers a range of other boundary-pushing museums, galleries, and art spaces. Supplement your visit to MOCA by exploring a range of edgy galleries, like the Liang Gallery, Caves Art Center, InSian Gallery, and Michael Ku Gallery, or head to the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM), host of the influential Taipei Biennale.
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