The National Taiwan Museum (國立臺灣博物館) is reasonably large museum located in a Japanese colonial-era building in central Taipei. Originally built in 1908 as the Taiwan Governor Museum, the main building houses a permanent exhibition that explains the long natural history of the island. With a few hundred objects on display in the permanent exhibition, as well as a few special exhibitions from time to time, it’s a worthwhile visit if you are near Taipei Station. The main building’s collection could be done by most people in an hour or so, meaning it’s much more manageable than the National Palace Museum, which can easily consume a whole afternoon.
The museum group actually has a few satellite exhibition halls across the capital, access of which is included in your ticket, so if you are heading around Taipei on a metro pass they might be worth exploring. There is a little exhibition building near the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the Nanmen Park branch, which has a fun interactive museum for children. Another is the new Railway Department Park, a restored Taiwan Railway complex rich in railway history.
Behind the National Taiwan Museum is the 228 Peace Park, containing monuments dedicated to victims of the 288 Massacre during the martial law period of the Republic of China (Taiwan). You can learn more about this event, as well as the history of the herotic democracy advocates, at the free Taipei 228 Memorial Hall on the east side of the park.
How to get there
The National Taiwan Museum is just outside NTU Hospital Station on Taipei Metro’s red line. It’s only one stop from Taipei Station (3 minutes, NT$20), so it might be easier to just walk here via the shopping streets to the south of Taipei Station.
Hours and fees
Hours: 9:30am to 5pm. Closed on Mondays and New Year holidays.
Admission: NT$30. A discount combo ticket, which also includes the Miniatures Museum of Taiwan and the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, is available online for NT$280.
Official website: ntm.gov.tw