The Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art is nothing like an ordinary museum. Encased in a historical building, the museum inside is bursting with modern art designs. The resulting mix of historical architecture, modern art, and advanced technology gives the museum a unique appearance and captures the interest of the public.
The building where the museum is found used to be the Taipei City Hall. It was built in 1921. Before the city government moved in, the building was used by Jan Cheng Elementary School, which was established during the Japanese colonization. When the Japanese rule was over, the building became the headquarters of the city government.
Eventually, the city government transferred to another building, and the old two-story brick building where it used to be has become an important historical landmark in the city of Taipei and is in fact a designated historical site. This building was finally renovated for the use of the museum, which was opened in 2001. It was the first museum in Taiwan that was primarily for contemporary art.
The objective of Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art is to connect local and international art to the Taiwanese and even to foreign visitors. It is supervised by the Taipei Culture Foundation in partnership with the Taipei city government. The Taipei Culture Foundation was established in 1985 as a nonprofit organization to encourage and advance cultural and artistic development in Taipei. It also manages other historical and cultural venues like the Red House, Taipei Artist Village, Taipei Cinema Park, Zhongshan Cultural and Creative Park, Treasure Hill Artist Village, and the Puppetry Arts Center of Taipei.
The museum has given way for Taiwan to establish and promote its own unique niche and vision for the arts. It has sponsored over a hundred exhibitions featuring both international and local artists. The museum is also a perfect venue for exchanging artistic ideas with the international community. The Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art offers summer camp for children, creative workshops, and art classes. It also offers short courses through the MOCA Underground Academy.
You can visit the museum from 10 am to 6 pm any day of the week except Monday. The ticketing booth closes at 5:30 pm. Admission fee is very affordable at NT$50 per person. Children below six years old can enter for free. Likewise, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, veterans, licensed tour guides who are visiting with a tour group, students and teachers of Jan Cheng Junior High School, and members of AICA, ICOM, and AAA are exempted from paying the admission fee as long as they have valid identification cards. Groups of more than 20 people are given 20% discount while members of MOCArd are given 10% discount.
The museum is disable friendly with unobstructed ramps, accessible elevators, and accessible toilets. Children and persons with disabilities must be accompanied by able adults.
You can go to the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art by taking the MRT Red Line. The museum is near Zhongshan Station. Alternatively, you may take a bus or a cab. The use of mobile phones is not allowed inside the museum.