National Taiwan Museum 國立台灣博物館
The National Taiwan Museum is the oldest and one of the best in the country and focuses on the natural, geological, and human history of Taiwan. Located in downtown Taipei, it is easily accessible, and you can spend an entire afternoon here. It is definitely worth a visit on your next trip to Taipei.
The National Taiwan Museum was originally established in 1908 to commemorate the opening of the north-south railway in Taiwan and began with over 10,000 items related to Taiwan's academia, art, and industry. A Newer building was later built to house the collection in 1915. After the ROC took over Taiwan, it was known as the Taiwan Provincial Museum until 1999 when it changed its name to the National Taiwan Museum. It is the only museum established during the Japanese era that still stands today. The museum also underwent renovations in 2017.
The museum has four areas: the main National Taiwan Museum (which is the focus of this blog), the Land Bank Exhibition Hall, Nanmen Park, and Railway Department Park. In the future, the Monopoly Bureau and the Mitsui Bussan Company Building will be added.
9:30 AM to 5 PM, closed Mondays
30 NT per person.
You can book tickets here.
How to get there:
By MRT: The closest MRT station is NTU Hospital Station, and is about a 5 minute walk from the museum. It is also about a ten minute walk from Taipei Main Station.
By car/scooter: Driving or taking a scooter there can be hard because there is limited paid parking nearby.
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I have been to the National Taiwan Museum once and had a great time. It is a great place to visit especially if you are interested in the history and ecology of Taiwan. Unlike the National Palace Museum, this one focuses just on Taiwan.
The museum is just a short walk from Taipei Main Station.
The National Taiwan Museum was originally established in 1908 to commemorate the opening of the north-south railway in Taiwan and began with over 10,000 items related to Taiwan's academia, art, and industry. A Newer building was later built to house the collection in 1915.
When we went, there was a exhibit for exotic fossils.
Stone gate in front of the museum.
There is also an unbrella locking system here, but when we came back my key wouldn't open it, so we had to ask the guard for help.
Finally we got tickets to the inside.
You can book a tour to multiple Taiwan museums with Klook here.
The main entrance has the most impressive two story open air room and views.
View of the cieling.
First we made our way to the exotic fossils of Taiwan.
Okay I am not sure if they were found in Taiwan, but they were fossils and they were exotic.
Some other displays. All very kid friendly.
Let me tell you right now, if you are bringing a stroller, you are out of luck. The elevator is super slow, and it always gets full of people. It can be almost impossible to travel via elevator from the first or second floors on busy days. The only other option is to walk stairs.
More Taiwan animals.
More Taiwan specimens.
Taiwan indeginous art.
Taiwan sea shells.
Horns and skulls in Formosa.
You can see more views of this area in the gallery above.
Going back into the main room.
View from the second floor.
Japanese rolling moss on display.
Painting of Koxinga.
Flag of the Kingdom of Tungming.
In the basement is a large children interactive area. If you bring kids, you will want to spend most of your time here.
More of the kids' interactive area.
Behind the museum you can see 228 peace memorial park.
View from the front of the museum.
Another view looking at Taipei main station.
Pavilion at 228 Peace Park.
Pagoda on a lake.
Another view of the Pagoda.
If you go further down the street, you will come across NTU Hospital, another beautiful Japanese era building which dates to 1912. This is the older wing of NTU hospital, which is attached to a more modern building next door.
View from the side.
Last view of NTU hospital before we took the MRT home.
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