National Palace Museum

The National Palace Museum[note 1] (simplified Chinese: 国立故宫博物院; traditional Chinese: 國立故宮博物院; pinyin: Guólì Gùgōng Bówùyuàn) is a museum in Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan). Established in 1925 in Beijing, it has a permanent collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of Chinese artifacts and artworks, many of which were moved from the Palace Museum as well as five other institutions throughout mainland China during the ROC retreat, making it one of the largest of its type in the world.

National Palace Museum
Established10 October 1925 (in Beijing)
12 November 1965 (in Taipei)
LocationShilin, Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan)
Coordinates25°06′07″N 121°32′55″E
TypeNational museum
Collections698,856 (as of February 2022)[1]
VisitorsNorthern branch: 3,832,373 (2019)[2]
Southern branch: 1,049,262 (2019)[2]
DirectorWu Mi-cha
ArchitectHuang Baoyu (Northern Branch) Kris Yao (Southern Branch)
National Palace Museum
Traditional Chinese國立故宮博物院
Simplified Chinese国立故宫博物院

The museum's collection encompasses items spanning 8,000 years of Chinese history from the neolithic age to the modern period.[3] Most of the collection are high quality pieces collected by Chinese emperors. The National Palace Museum shares its roots with the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City of Beijing, whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

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