Renovations to close national museum

ALTERNATIVE VENUES: Taipei mayoral candidate Pasuya Yao said the three-year closure would affect tourism, so the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall should be used

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 13, 2018
By: Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff writer, with CNA

The National Palace Museum in Taipei is planning to close for renovations

National Palace Museum Director Chen Chi-nan listens to lawmakers at a meeting of the Education and Culture Committee at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

for three years beginning at the end of 2020, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ko Chih-en (柯志恩) said yesterday.

Museum Director Chen Chi-nan (陳其南) delivered a report to the Education and Culture Committee at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei and Ko said that documents given to her during a question-and-answer session by museum staff showed that the museum’s library would close on July 1 following an exhibition featuring works by artist Chang Dai-chien (張大千).

The museum’s main building is expected to close at the end of 2020 and be cleared out starting in 2021, with renovation work to take place in 2022 and 2023, she said.

The museum, which houses a wide collection and attracts nearly 5 million visitors each year — the majority of them foreign tourists — has not closed since it was founded, she said.    [FULL  STORY]

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