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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 things to do 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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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Great museum storing Bhutanese artifacts from even the 8th century. All Bhutanese masks and their significance during the festivals. Photos and information about all flora and fauna. There are some exquisite birds and animals in Bhutan. All of Bhutan's sanctuaries along with their physical maps are kept here. The snow leopard is found in northern Bhutan as is the Hornbill.... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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68 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

nothing completes like visiting a local museum to have the biography informed. not the luxury kind of museum, but the information and some rare treasure like painting is worth your time there!

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Hong Kong, China
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45 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
21 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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137 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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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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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79 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 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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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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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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