100 Museums to Visit Before You Die

National Palace Museum

Location: Taipei City, Taiwan

2013 Exhibitions: The Beauty of Palace: Covering Flowers:Zhao Chang's Picture for the New Year (January 1 - March 25), The Art and Aesthetics of Form: Selections from the History of Chinese Painting (January 1 - March 25), Myriad Forms in the Tip of a Brush: The Art of Calligraphy by Zhu Yunming (January 1 - March 25)

Initially established in Beijing's Forbidden City in 1925, the National Palace Museum was re-established in Taiwan when wars threatened the security of the artifacts in its collection. The museum hosts the largest collection of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks in the world, including pieces from the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties. The museum itself and its displayed pieces are reflective of the social development of China, with many of its cultural artifacts collected from actual palaces. As the national museum of the Republic of China, the venue, architecturally designed to resemble a traditional palace, covers over 8,000 years of Chinese history.

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