National Palace Museum announces late night opening

T visitor count has continually peaked new highs in recent years, growing from 2,244,284 in 2008, to 2,574,804 in 2009, and 3,441,248 in 2010. By 2011, this number has boosted to 3,849,577, earning the acclaim from The Art Newspaper (UK) quoting it as the top 7 most popular museums in the world. However, despite all prominence, the growing number of museum guests has presented a challenge to the limited museum space capacity, which has proven to be too difficult for the museum to overcome. Aiming to retain the same service quality, the museum has implemented a museum guest flow control in June 2009, dividing visiting hours in four periods allowing a maximum of 2,800 people for each period. The museum has also introduced a museum-reservation system for guests to follow. Furthermore, the museum has pushed its daily operation hours to opening 30 minutes earlier and closing 1.5 hours later, equating to opening from 8:30 a.m. ~ 6:30p.m. from Sunday to Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. ~ 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

In answers to the growing number of visitors and to elevate the overall quality of the museum, the NPM has prolonged its operation hours for the second time, extending Main Building closing hours from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (an increase of two hours) Wednesdays and Fridays effective June 15, 2012. The newly extended hours are open only to scattered visitors holding a museum general admission and are not open to tourist groups. The original “off-peak hours discount tickets” special (available to local visitors between the hours from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday) will be cancelled with the introduction of the new museum policy.

Starting June 15, 2012, The Children’s Gallery, located on Floor B1 of the NPM Main Building, along with Books and Documents, Buddhist Sculptures, and Special Exhibition Galleries (1st floor), and Multimedia Auditorium for Paintings and Calligraphies (2nd floor) will remain closed during the Wednesday and Friday nightly extensions, while the Royal Style: Qing Dynasty and Western Court Jewelry Special Exhibition at the NPM Library Building will continue to open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily for all general admission ticket holders to come and see (NPM Main Building group discount tickets excluded). Tickets may be purchased at the special exhibition admission’s desk located inside the NPM Library Building. – www.npm.gov.tw

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