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National Museum

Tag-Dzong | Rinpung Dzong, Paro, Bhutan
+975 (2) 29 138
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Ranked #5 of 10 Attractions in Paro
Type: Museums
Description: This former fortress was turned into a museum in 1968.
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Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Bhutan is slowly emerging as a major destination for discriminating travellers who want to experience a country that was inaccessible until a few decades ago. This museum is very small, but the exhibits on display (tea pots and masks) were interesting. What fascinated many people was the holographic display in one cabinet. The gift shop is underwhelming, but the staff... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The National Museum was moved from the old Tag-Dzong first established in 1968, due to structural issues with the old fortress building completed in1656 to guard both Paro and the Dzong Temple just below it. I visited here as a part of a four day tour in July, 2014. Time was limited and so we spent just a short time... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Sadly this museum is not currently residing in the Watch Tower as it is normal. The Tower was damaged during an earthquake a few years prior. Thus you get to tour the abbreviated collection that is housed in the coronation hall. No pictures are allowed inside, but for the most part it is just large collections of single items. The... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The museum is small, but rich and informative. I live in Nepal and see these masks and thangkas (paintings) every day, but never got to understand their meaning. At the museum, these artifacts are displayed along with lengthy descriptions of their meanings and characters. Very informative! Truly a treasure! And, did I mention the view of Paro is amazing from... More

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Hyderabad, India
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

National Museum is a One Stop Peep into the rich cultural,historical,mystique and religious resume' of this great Kingdom. The short but comprehensive Video Screening tells you more than what you may see and get to know about Bhutan during your entire trip.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The Museum gives one a quick view of this mysterious kingdom, its people, the flora the fauna, the textiles, the customs, the traditional iron work and the landscape. Its a quick guide to what one may like to see further

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a great museum and a really great introduction to the country. Having travelled east to west this was one of our later stops and it would have really added to my appreciation of the country if I had seen some of these exhibits first. If your tour includes this as an option take it!

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This is a lovely charming museum with a wonderful collection of masks each with its own description and use. The natural history section is also very informative and worth a visit. There was also a social exhibition on ancient tea kettles which was nice. The best part of this place is the fantastic bird's eye view it offers of the... More

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

There are so many masks and each of the masks represented something. The collection of dead birds were a bit creepy. However the museum is overall very informative of the Bhutanese culture, the tea pots and so many things. The kids will love this place. The view of the Paro valley is indeed very beautiful from the museum. There are... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

The actual museum is under renovation and the rate facts etc are shifted to a building close by. Liked the manner of representations of the variety of masks, kettles, armoury, animals, birds, nature et all. The speciality of the birds in Bhutan with their sound was a good watch. Overall different from touring the Dzongs and Monasteries. The place was... More

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