Your best way through the busy museum, from Keelung or Taipei
The NPM's is the world's 6th most visited museum - with limited space. You'll often meet an extreme density of visitors from China.
Only 3300+ pieces rotate on display, out of a collection of 690 thousand items stored in the mountain behind the NPM. You'd have to return for many years to see all items.
With your own guide, you can make the most of your time by having us navigate the long lines to visit the highlights and items that interest you. Jade, ivory carvings, porcelain, pottery, bronzes, scrolls and calligraphy are just a few of the themes covered on three floors in permanent and seasonal displays.
No flash photography and drinks are allowed inside the museum. Using mobile phones for photography is tolerated at times. You must store big bags at the counter, free of charge.
Combined tickets: NPM plus the adjacent Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines, or Taipei 101 on sale at NPM.
If you have arrived on a cruise, we can take a public bus to the NPM or any other spots, and adjust the start time.
Intercity bus between Keelung and the museum area. With a number of stops the trip takes about one hour each way. Next a ten minute walk to the museum entrance.
Visit the displays of interest to you. Browse the museum shops' replica, book and souvenir collections on every floor.
After the museum visit, walk through the Zhishan or Zhide Chinese gardens at the NPM grounds to Shung Ye museum (closed Mondays).
Optional visit to the gardens of the former Presidential residence of Chiang Kai-shek in Shilin or Taipei Flora park before returning to Keelung by public bus.
Port times vary per ship; just let me know when you'd like to be back on board. You should plan to have at least 4 hours to make this visit to the NPM, most visitors feel 2 hours inside is all they can take in.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel in Taipei, or side entrance of Keelung Cultural Center, just across from the cruise terminal.
End location: Your hotel or ship or any nearby place requested by you.
Duration: 4 hours
National Palace Museum: open daily 0830-1830, Friday and Saturday extended until 2100. Last entry is half an hour before closing time.
Our visits have ranged from minimum 90 minutes to 5 hours; there are so many displays and special exhibits to take in.
The museum has a quick lunch restaurant, plus book, souvenir & excellent replica shops. The NPM Post Office changes cash and has ATM's.
Public transport and short walks
Please let me know any mobility, medical and diet concerns in advance. Have your own medical and travel insurance up to date for this trip.
My services as your personal guide during your trip.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
1000 NT Dollar - Bus/metro tickets, any taxi cost. Small purchases. Museum tickets can be paid by credit card.
Cost of round trip public transport around NT$ 100 per person, depending on the routes. Taxi cost starting at NT$ 70 per vehicle for 4 persons. Any drinks, meals, souvenirs.
National Palace Museum entry fee NT$ 350, combined with the Shung Ye Museum NT$ 400 (saving NT$ 100 for the latter). Sold only at Taipei 101 observatory: entry followed by visit to National Palace Museum NT$ 820 (saving NT$ 130).
Museum optional rental of personal audio set NT$ 100 or audiovisual set NT$ 200 which explain the current items in the rotating expositions in great detail.
Ask me for a custom tour for more than 3 people, more time, or for the use of a car for the journey, paid locally at US$ 140.
The Shung Ye Museum, National Taiwan & Land Bank Museum (NT30), National Museum of History (NT30) and Taipei Museum of Fine Arts and others can be visited by extending the duration of the tour, except on Mondays when most of these museums are closed.
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Wow! There aren't enough stars for Christine! She and her Dutch husband Jan did an absolutely perfect job showing me the best of Taipei. They were everything you could want in guides: knowledgeable, energetic, prompt, warm, welcoming, enthusiastic, accommodating, and thoughtful. They consistently went above and beyond their duties, too, such as doing extra research on some special things I wanted to see and sending me the results of the research by email. Now that's real service! THANK YOU!!