I am a museum freak. I´m not always so much entertained by the educationally correct, streamlined and sterile exhibitions of today. I have a strong drawing to the jumbled victorianish style of museums of before.
Especially in museums of natural history and archeology.
In the 70´s my wife and i visited the(I believe) National Museum in Katmandhu and aside from the very excelent religious art exhibited we also were much entertained by the stuffed tigers and such like which were often extremely moth eaten and paint chipped. Droll very droll.
The other bizarre highlight was the exhibition of awards & medals that had been presented to the Royal family which unabashedly included a fair amount of medals from the third Reich. Perhaps the nazis felt that Nepal was the mystic home of the Arayan race?
This is the first time I have returned to Kathmandu since 1979 and I stumbled over the Natural by accident rather than by design. Which is perhaps the best way to do it.
This collection has, perhaps, seen better days. For a modest entrance & camera fee (which probably finances the staffs tea continual tea party...) I was greatly entertained for a half hour or so. But I was & am slightly ashamed by my perverse enjoyment of what should be a much needed educational venue for the Nepalese and is instead a rather bizzare photo op. Be aware that the continual power cuts in Kathmandu increase the viewing difficulties of any real study of the decaying exhibits.
If you are passing this museum give it a look if you have a sense of humor.
This museum can also perhaps serve as a warning for what can happen to much of our public institutions as our legislative bodies strip funding and support to them for ideological and economic reasons.
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