National Palace Museum

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Not to be confused with the Palace Museum located within the Forbidden City, Beijing, China, or the National Palace Museum of Korea, located on the grounds of Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea.

The National Palace Museum, located in Taipei and established in 1965, is one of the chief museums in Taiwan. Its collection includes some 650,000 objects from Qing dynasty imperial collections, removed from China's first national museum, the Antiques Exhibition Hall (est. 1913) and brought to Taiwan in 1948-1949 by the Republic of China government as Communist forces forcibly took over mainland China.

The collection also includes some 380,000 historical documents from the imperial palace archives.


  • Guo Changhong, "The Qing Palace: from a Forbidden City to a Public Heritage," Museum International 60:1-2 (2008), 83.