Taipei is home to countless tourist attractions
and museums, but with so many to see and many travelers only staying in the capital for a few short days, it’s nearly impossible to visit them all. With that in mind here are some of the best museums in Taiwan
‘s wonderful capital city.
Taipei Fine Arts Museum
National Taiwan Museum
National Taiwan Museum | © Guillaume Paumier
Set at the entrance to one of Taiwan’s most famous parks, 228 Peace Park, National Taiwan Museum exhibits some of the country’s most interesting historical artifacts. From aboriginal tribes to local traditions and cultures, visitors to this museum will learn practically everything they need to know about Taiwan.
Included in the ticket price is admission to the Land Bank wing located just across the street in a former bank building. Here, there are wildlife and dinosaur exhibitions, and visitors can even check out the bank’s old vault and counting rooms.
National Taiwan Museum, 2 Xiangyang Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Miniatures Museum of Taipei
For something a little different there’s the Miniatures Museum of Taipei which when it first opened in 1997 was the first of its kind in Asia. The owners created a world of miniature palaces, temples, castles, and tiny replicas of some of the world’s most famous buildings.
It’s located in the city center and is an easy walk from Songjiang Nanjing MRT station. While not the typical museum tourists frequent, it’s an interesting way to spend a few hours.
Miniatures Museum of Taipei, 96 Jianguo North Road section 1, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei | © minyang su / Flickr
This is a small museum which is an alternative option to the Fine Arts Museum just a short MRT ride away. Located near Taipei Main Station, this museum is home to some intriguing modern art and charges a minimal entrance fee.
The temporary art exhibitions aren’t always to everyone’s tastes, but the permanent exhibits are sure to pique the curiosity of any tourist.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 39 Chang’an West Road, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Evergreen Maritime Museum
Facing the Presidential Palace in what was once the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party) headquarters, Evergreen’s Maritime Museum is an ideal stop for those with an interest in seafaring vessels of any kind.
There are models and replicas of both Evergreen’s vast fleet and Taiwan’s and other countries’ naval forces. One entire floor is dedicated to the great ships throughout history and features incredibly crafted wooden models. There’s also a simulator room where visitors can try their hand at steering a ship into port.
Evergreen Maritime Museum, 11 Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Bopiliao Historical Block
Located in Wanhua, the oldest neighborhood of the city, Bopiliao is a step back in time to the days when Taipei was a city of dusty streets and old red brick houses. The entire street is part of the museum and is pedestrianised. This makes it a nice place to walk in and around the old buildings which the museum has restored to their original condition.
The main museum building holds many interesting local artifacts such as a bicycle taxi and traditional Taiwanese children’s toys which visitors can play with in the courtyard. There’s even a fully restored schoolroom with desks and pictures on the walls.
Bopiliao Historical Block, 101 Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan