Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum
Opened in 2016, the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum features five permanent exhibition galleries, as well as galleries for special exhibitions, multimedia exhibitions, and exhibitions of loaned works. Composed of three distinct fluid forms inspired by the shapes of three Chinese calligraphy strokes, the main building is a work of art in itself. Also worth a wander are the expansive grounds surrounding the museum, including several gardens, wetlands, and an artificial lake.
Book your ticket ahead of time to skip the lines. For a hassle-free experience, opt for a guided tour that includes round-trip transportation from Taichung or Chiayi. Combo tickets covering both branches are available to museum lovers planning to visit the Taipei National Palace Museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
Students and anyone under age 18 get free admission.
Special exhibitions may require an additional fee.
Audio guides, multimedia guides, and in-app guides are available for rent in multiple languages.
Free guided tours are available in Mandarin and English.
The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, and both are available to borrow for free from the information center.
The Children’s Creative Center offers free admission and interactive displays.
How to Get There
The museum is located in Taibo City, Chiayi District, about 2.5 hours by car from central Taipei. To get there from Taipei on public transit, take the high-speed or regular train to Chiayi Station, then transfer to a bus to the museum.
When to Get There
The museum is open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free several times a year, including during the Lantern Festival, and on New Year’s Day, International Museum Day (May 18), and Taiwan Culture Day (Oct 17).
Taipei National Palace Museum
Located in the Shilin District and designed in the style of an imperial palace, the Taipei National Palace Museum is home to one of the most important collections of Chinese art in the world. Set aside several hours to discover around 690,000 pieces spanning 8,000 years of Chinese history and culture.
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