Funny and playful, sometimes provocative, always interesting, never boring. This is the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, one of the finest modern art museums in Asia.
The exhibitions are focused on taiwanese art but all the time there are temporary exhibitions about the rest of the Far East. The building itself is splendid and tasteful, it has been partially rebuilt after the 921 earthquake.
Facts about the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
- The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts is normally called NTMOFA.
- Its mission is to educate and promote visual arts.
- It was founded in 1988. It was closed in 1999 after the 921 earthquake. After extensive renovation, the NTMOFA was opened again in 2004.
- The Museum of Fine Arts is surrounded by a green park called Public Outdoor Sculpture Park. The whole area measures 102,000 square meters, making NTMOFA the largest art museum in Asia.
- The main building hosts the exhibitions (permanent and temporary), an art library, areas for kids and teachers, two shops and a cafeteria.
- The entrance is free.
More about the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
The temporary exhibitions are hosted in the 1st and 2nd floor . You can check them on the museum website. The 3rd floor is home to the permanent exhibitions focused on Taiwanese art from the 18th century to the present day.
Beside the museum shop, at the ground floor there is an interesting shop selling Taiwanese design items. It is worth a look.
There are also some facilities for children. They are located in the basement (Picture Book Area) and at the 2nd floor (The Family Room). The latter is really a wonderful place to keep kids busy and entertained.
If you are hungry and thirsty, the Rose House is a kind of English tea house, as seen from Taiwan. You can find it at the 2nd floor.
A more interesting teahouse is the famous Chun Shui Tang, that opened a new branch right in the museum premises, in the courtyard. This stores offers also a “tea boutique” where you can taste and buy teas and tea-ware, and settings for tea ceremonies.
The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts is a magic place, for sure one of the best attractions in Taichung. You will not be disappointed.
How to Get to the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
From Taichung Train Station to the Art Museum
You can take the following bus routes:
- #5 from the station to Dadun Culture Center (大墩文化中心), that is on the eastern side of the Art Museum Park.
- #51 from the back of the station (後火車站) to Dadun Culture Center, direction Jinguang Community (莒光新城).
- #56 from Gancheng Station (干城站) (about 200m north of the station) to the Art Museum Stop, direction Ling Tung University (嶺東科技大學). You can take this bus also to reach the Rainbow Village.
- #71, Art Museum Stop, direction to the Science Museum-Botanical Garden (植物園).
- #75, Art Museum Stop, direction Veterans Hospital Dormitory (榮總宿舍) (it stops at Tunghai University along the route).
- #89, again from the back of the station, direction Ling Tung University (Rainbow Village).
A taxi from the station to the National Museum of Fine Arts will cost about 200NTD.
From Taichung High Speed Railway Station to the Art Museum
There are not direct buses. The shortest option may be to catch bus #159 to the 4th stop (Tuku Parking – 土庫停車場), then walk back for about 100m, turn left (east direction) and follow the large Wuquan Road for about 600 meters, until you reach the museum. A taxi will cost 300-350NTD.