About the Museum
When the last Qing Emperor, Puyi, was exiled from the Forbidden City, he was forced to leave behind his unparalleled treasures. These later became the basis for the collection of the National Palace Museum – an enormous trove of artworks and cultural artefacts from the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, which opened to the public in Beijing in 1925. The collection was moved south for safekeeping during the Japanese invasion of China. When it reopened in 1965 in its current home in Taipei, visitors were greeted by a beautiful new building in the architectural style of a traditional Chinese palace, befitting the collection’s tremendous importance.