National Palace Museum

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The National Palace Museum is an art museum in Taipei, Taiwan. It is the national museum of the Republic of China, and has a permanent collection of over 677,687 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks, making it one of the largest in the world.[2] The collection encompasses over 8,000 years of Chinese history from the Neolithic age to the late Qing Dynasty.[3] Most of the collection are high quality pieces collected by China's ancient emperors. In 2009, it was the 11th most visited art museum in the world.[1][dead link]

The National Palace Museum and Palace Museum, located inside the Forbidden City in China, share the same original roots, which was split in two as a result of the Chinese Civil War.[4]

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History

The National Palace Museum was originally established as the Palace Museum in Beijing's Forbidden City on 10 October 1925, shortly after the expulsion of Puyi,[5] the last emperor of China, from the Forbidden City by warlord Feng Yü-hsiang. The articles in the museum consisted of the valuables of the former Imperial family.[6]

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