Taipei is a thriving city full of life and vitality. Thus, it comes as no surprise that it has an incredibly vibrant art scene. So, for those art lovers visiting Taiwan’s capital, here are a few places to pencil into the trip’s itinerary.
A few insider tips:
It’s open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30am to 5:30pm, but on Saturdays you can hang around until 8:30pm.
It’s closed on Mondays.
Selfie equipment is not allowed inside the shows.
Its most impressive collection is the modernist paintings from the Japanese Colonial period (1895 – 1945).
Audio systems with headphones are available for detailed descriptions of the work.
The museum has a kid’s gallery, an art library, mini-theatre and souvenir shop inside.
There are some exhibits that visitors with kids might want to avoid. Usually, there’s a sign at the door indicating if the exhibits within are okay for kids.
A few insider tips:
Visitors can scan QR codes to learn more about the exhibits.
There are also audio files that visitors can listen to tell the story behind each artwork.
Call ahead, and the staff will recommend the best time to visit.
A few insider tips:
The museum is open from Sunday to Thursday from 8:30am in the morning to 6:30pm in the evening, but on Friday and Saturday, visitors can stay until 9:00pm.
The One Hundred Horses painting by Lang Shining and the 19th-century Jadeite Cabbage, sculpted by an unknown artist, are the most popular artworks in the museum.
The residence of renowned Chinese painter Chang Dai-Chien is located nearby and is open to visitors, but it should be booked seven days in advance.
The Zhishan garden, located within the museum’s garden is a serene space to relax within the grounds.
There’s a cool kids area with movies, games, and a few other activities to keep the young ones interested.
A cozy café with a well-curated collection of art and design books, this quaint hipster bookstore is located inside the Huashan 1914 creative park (see below).
This popular café is where people can come together and share ideas, discuss art, and, of all things, get some 3D printing done. While it’s not quite the artsy place that you might picture, it is nonetheless a café brimming with creative types.
This is an old tobacco factory in which art spaces and a shop are housed in an old sprawling building with a beautiful courtyard. Tons of art exhibitions are held here. These creative parks are art and design venues that are pretty unique. They are similar to museums and galleries but are less formal and have a more urban feel to them.
One of the more commercially successful and popular galleries on Yong Kang Street, Piao Piao attracts numerous art lovers, artists and collectors. It was opened in the year 2004 and serves not only as an exhibition space but also as a café, creating an intimate space for art lovers. Come here to experience the lively vibrancy of the local art scene.
Located in The Éclat Hotel, this restaurant offers an incredible fine-dining experience surrounded by contemporary art. There are pieces by both local and international artists lining the walls of the restaurant, while the hotel lobby itself is something akin to a modern art gallery.
The Meridien Hotel here in Taipei has around 700 original artworks created exclusively by contemporary artists from around the world. Like Éclat, the lobby is a bit like walking through an art gallery as opposed to a hotel reception area. Le Meridien’s three dining options also have some pretty impressive artworks, and although the hotel itself has a pretty exclusive feel to it, its mix of incredible food and amazing art make it a must for this list.
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