While there are some older works, TFAM concentrates on art from the 20th Century. There are also temporary exhibits, including an interesting collection of black-and-white photographs depicting life in Taiwan from 1930 to 1960. The cantilevered ends of the galleries have glassed-in lookouts with great views of the city. You can see planes taking off and landing, and you can see how grand the Grand Hotel is.
The entrance fee is very inexpensive (under $1 US), and there are free catalogs depicting many of the works of the TFAM Permanent Collection. The keepsake catalogs are mostly in Chinese, but there are illustrations and the titles are in English. No photography is allowed within the museum. The museum is closed on Mondays. Tours are conducted in Mandarin, but it is stated that you can arrange for a tour in another language with a notice of several days. The drinking fountain provides little "cups" for you. Each cup is basically a small white envelope, but when it is opened the little envelope actually holds a few sips of water.
July 22, 2002
From journal Bill in Taiwan - TAIPEI