Originally built as a traditional watchtower in 1649, National Museum houses some of the finest specimens of art produced by Bhutanese craftspeople and artisans, including bronze statues and painting masterpieces. With over 3,000 collected items, some dating back to 4,000 BCE, the museum preserves and promotes the cultural values and traditions coinciding with the "Nine Domains"--the philosophical guidelines for national development. Examine the relics of this multicultural kingdom as you travel back in history, and learn about local plants, birds, animals, and the Himalayan environment. Officials do not allow cameras; leave your important items and handbags in the locker facilities provided. Work out when and for how long to visit National Museum and other Paro attractions using our handy Paro route builder app.
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National Museum reviews
The National Museum of Bhutan is an interesting and informative experience for visitors interested in learning about the culture, history and spirituality of Bhutan. The place is closed on Sundays...
The National Museum of Bhutan is an interesting and informative experience for visitors interested in learning about the culture, history and spirituality of Bhutan. The place is closed on Sundays... more »
The museum is in temporary accommodation at present, so the full extent of the exhibits was not able to be seen.
The museum is in temporary accommodation at present, so the full extent of the exhibits was not able to be seen. more »
Finally back in its original home in the historic watch tower above the Rinpung Dzong after many years of careful restoration after a massive earthquake, the National Museum of Bhutan is a living storyteller of the kingdom’s deeply storied past, present and future. Even if you’re not here for the museum, come here for the stunning architecture or the breathtaking views.
Set in Paro Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan is sure to answer the queries of the history buffs. The popular tourist attraction is a cultural museum which was established in the year 1968 to house some finest specimen of Bhutanese art including bronze paintings and statues. Today the museum has more than 3,000 works of Bhutanese artefacts and artworks including traditional weapons, costumes, armour, handcrafted implements and covering more than 1,500 years of Bhutan’s cultural heritage. Tourists visiting the museum will get an opportunity to learn about the unique Bhutanese history with its rich holding of various creative traditions and disciplines. The ambience of the museum represents a remarkable blend of the past with the present which is an experience not to be missed when holidaying in Paro. As the tourists indulge in exploring the museum, they would come across the Natural History Gallery and Ritual Objects that showcases objects like daggers, headdresses, thunderbolts, robes, cymbals, musical instruments appropriate to Buddhist ceremonies. Further ahead, there is the Chapel of Wealth Deity and Thangkas that has a range of paintings of natural mineral pigments. A visit to the museum will bring one close to a collection that can best show the rich cultural traditions of the country. From here you can see the beautiful paro valley . Entry fees are minimum . Timings : Summers: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Winters: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Entry Fee : Bhutanese: BTN 10, SAARC Nationals: BTN 25.
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