Museums Tour, Taipei (Self Guided)

One of the world's leading international cities, Taipei is the educational, political, economic and cultural core of Taiwan. Within the city, you will see a number of great galleries, museums, shopping centers and so much more. If you want to become more familiar with the cultural life and history of Taipei, visit the fabulous museums highlighted in the next walking tour.
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Museums Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums Tour
Guide Location: Taiwan » Taipei (See other walking tours in Taipei)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Author: irenebo
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Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum

1) Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum

Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum was founded in 2000 and has been Taiwan's leading center of traditional puppet art. Performances by the museum have been held in several countries all over the world. The museum is housed in a historic building that contains the museum itself and the multi-purpose Nadou Theatre. It includes four floors of exhibition space and a workshop that holds demonstrations on puppet carving and performance techniques.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm.
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Museum of Contemporary Art

2) Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art building is an infusion of modern European and Japanese styles. It is the first museum in Taiwan to be dedicated exclusively to contemporary art. This museum is the perfect place to see a huge assortment of work, demonstrating artists' creativity and ability to capture various cultural aspects of Taiwan.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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National Taiwan Museum

3) National Taiwan Museum (must see)

Established in 1908 by the colonial government during Taiwan's period of Japanese rule, the National Taiwan Museum is the oldest museum in Taiwan. It has witnessed Taiwan's history and recorded its natural and humanitarian developments. Through this window, one may catch a glimpse of Taiwan's evolution with regard to the fields of earth sciences, humanitarian developments, zoology, and botany. The building represents both Renaissance and Baroque styles and received the title of National Historical Monument in 1998.

Tip:
Tickets allow access to two locations. The Land Bank Exhibition Hall across the street is more interesting for kids as it has models of dinosaurs and other animals. It was also a former bank with a vault that you can visit to learn about the history of banking in Taiwan.
Allow at least an hour for both locations. Remember to also visit the Peace Park behind the museum, and check out the dumpling and Chinese pastry eateries across the road from the west entrance of the park.

Operation Hours:
Tue-Sun: 9:30am–5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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228 Memorial Museum

4) 228 Memorial Museum

228 Peace Memorial Park was the first European-style park in the country. Its name comes from the day (February 28, 1947) the historic White Terror period of Taiwan began. Thousands of Taiwanese were killed or imprisoned during an anti-government uprising that began when protesters took over the radio station that was established in this park. The park occupies 71,520 sq m and houses Taipei 228 Memorial Museum and a number of memorials to victims of those events.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-5pm
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Postal Museum

5) Postal Museum

The Postal Museum was established in 1965 by the Directorate General of Posts to make people more knowledgeable of the postal industry, including its history. The museum expands across seven floors of its home building and is divided into four sections: Postal History, Modern Post Services, Philately and Special Expedition.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm.
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National Museum of History

6) National Museum of History (must see)

Editor's Note: This museum is temporarily closed for a complete overhaul. Scheduled to reopen on June 30, 2021.

The National Museum of History has a great collection of treasures that introduce visitors to Chinese art and history. The building consists of five floors, four of which are used for their unique exhibitions. Some objects presented here are dated back to the Neolithic period. The museum is known all over Taiwan for its educational programs and exhibitions of international significance.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am–6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Taipei, Taiwan

Create Your Own Walk in Taipei

Create Your Own Walk in Taipei

Creating your own self-guided walk in Taipei is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Zhongshan District Walking Tour

Zhongshan District Walking Tour

Taipei is the business, commercial and cultural heart of Taiwan. It's Zhongshan District, situated in the western part of the city, takes it's name from Sun Yat-sen, also known as Sun Zhongshan. This area has a lot of interesting attractions to offer curious tourists. The following tour will provide you with a fascinating walk through Zhongshan District.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Taipei without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Taipei, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
ZhongZheng District Walking Tour

ZhongZheng District Walking Tour

The city of Taipei is surrounded by mountains on three sides and is Taiwan's most-frequented city. With twelve distinct districts, Taipei has a lot to offer visitors in the way of entertainment, education, dining, etc. The Zhongzheng district has a great list of attractions, which you will find highlighted in this next tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

Taipei City greets visitors with a great variety of tourist attractions. Being the commercial and cultural heart of Taiwan, it has a tons of sites with international significance. The following tour will take you to some of most important and well-known destinations in Taipei.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Art Galleries Tour

Art Galleries Tour

Taipei, the largest city of Taiwan, lies in the northern part of the island, on the Danshui River. It is a city devoted to cultural history and the arts, which can be seen in the many galleries it is home to. If you wish to get acquainted with some of Taipei's contemporary art, don't miss the galleries featured in this walking tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Taipei without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Taipei, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.6 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Taipei for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Taipei has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Taipei, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.