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National Museum

Address: Tag-Dzong | Rinpung Dzong, Paro, Bhutan
Phone Number: +975 (2) 29 138
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Ranked #5 of 11 Attractions in Paro
Type: Museums
Owner description: This former fortress was turned into a museum in 1968.
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This former fortress was turned into a museum in 1968.
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Hong Kong, China
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72 reviews 72 reviews
45 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Bhutan Rebirth planned to take us to Trongsa Museum the day prior than joining Trongsa Festival. Unfortunately the Museum was closed on that day. So our guide rearranged a museum visit in Paro instead. We visited the temporary site. I don't know what it was like when the original one was not damaged, so can't really compare. Our 9 day... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

interesting museum if you choose to read all the details, can be quite informative. but, can be quite boring for the average tourist the views from the museum are great

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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81 reviews 81 reviews
20 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The National Museum is a hidden treasure. The old Museum once a fortress, circular is shape was burnt and the Museum is now housed in a new building adjacent to the old one. There is a fee for visitors. The Museum consists of different sections: Painting of the Buddha in his various incarnations, ancient thankhas, a natural history section, various... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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222 reviews 222 reviews
136 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The actual museum was damaged due to earthquake so the temporary museum was located in a smaller structure next to the museum that was being renovated. As the space was small, only small collection was there to see. The mask section and the scroll section was really nice to see, but would have liked to see the full collection. Renovation... More 

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Surat, India
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74 reviews 74 reviews
48 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Has got a lot of information about the dances of Bhutan, the masks of Bhutan and about the flora and fauna of Bhutan. A quick one hour visit is suffice to cover the entire museum

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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284 reviews 284 reviews
79 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

After 2 weeks in Bhutan, I didn’t expect to see anything that would wow me further, so perhaps I had set the bar low. Though the museum wasn’t in its original building (which was actually next door but damaged from an earthquake) I found it to be quite interesting, especially the room housing the history of Bhutanese tea traditions. My... More 

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Melbourne
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119 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

Bhutan has a great story to tell in geology, botanical variety, monarchical history, faith and religion, scenic beauty, handicrafts, agriculture, birds and animals..... but the content is not matched by quality presentation at this museum. Work at it and you will be rewarded with greater understanding

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Kollam, India
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55 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Its not a must see place, the old building has been on renovation since some of its parts were destroyed in an earthquake. The view of the city of Paro from the hill top where the museum is located is very nice. Nothing much in here, as usual stuffs what you would find in every museum with a Bhutanese cult.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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107 reviews 107 reviews
66 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 via mobile

This is a nice Bhutanese National museum. There are lots of masks from the various mask dances, paintings, and a natural history section. We were told this was housed in the round watchtower but it was damaged in an earthquake a number of years ago. This gets an average because our cameras had to be locked up before we went... More 

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Dubai, UAE
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67 reviews 67 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I'm not a huge fan of museums as I suffer culture overload if they are too big but the National Museum is the 'right size' to keep one interested. I think we completed viewing it in around 45 minutes. There is an interesting room of Bhutanese masks, then a room of antique religious paintings and the most interesting room, IMO,... More 

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