National Museum
National Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This former fortress was turned into a museum in 1968.
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  • Ron S
    New York City, New York5,703 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    National Museum of Bhutan
    The museum is located in the refurbished old watchtower which is in interesting edifice to see. The exhibit is mediocre though. If you're pressed for time skip it in favor of the Royal Heritage Museum in Trongsa if you travel that far.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Peter R
    Dartford, United Kingdom1,244 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Interesting but poorly laid out museum
    The museum is sited in an old fortress, as such the layout of the museum exhibits is not the best. Some are in glass cases along narrow corridors while others are set around the walls of a large room. The route also follows an up and down route and in some areas the ceilings are quite low. Worth a visit but no need to spend more that 45 minutes looking around. Outside there are magnificent views of the valley and mountains. There is also a second display in another building of Bhutan geology, geography and wildlife again worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 30, 2023
  • Suresh Kumar
    Bengaluru, India2,736 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    CONCH SHAPED IMPRESSIVE MUSEUM
    There are 2 reasons to visit this magnificent museum. One as a watch tower constructed in 1651. Two as a reopened museum in 2020. The design and setting is simply elegant and mindboggling. From here savour the bird’s eye Paro valley view. There are so many splendid collections listed below and about 3000 artefacts denoting the time period from stone age to modern times, a true reflection of Bhutanese cultural heritage of over 1500 years :-  Copperware  Bronze  Textiles  Paintings  Carvings  Weapons  Ornaments Walk down a path to town from the museum, for a simply exhilarating experience ! Happy to spend time here in the cool September weather and appreciate the government’s role of preserving & promoting the cultural values of the kingdom. BTW, the wall of this structure is a massive 2.5 meters !
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 31, 2023
  • Tonci
    Croatia45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An extremely interesting museum collection and a beautiful historical building
    At the entrance to the museum, all the visitors must leave all their belongings in the lockers. We asked the security guard at the entrance if we could at least take our passports and money with us, but he refused. This was not nice, because the area with the lockers was not under the video surveillance. However, we cheered up as soon as we entered the museum. The museum is located in the oldest building in Paro, which originally served as a watchtower. This is a round building with 5 floors. The museum collection is really interesting. In the first part of the collection there are the objects from archaeological sites. Then comes the collection of old religious paintings, tapestries, statues, ceremonial objects etc. We were very impressed by the collection of the various folk costumes. At the end, we saw various household items that were once used. A really beautiful museum! We understand that nobody is allowed to take pictures, but they should make a book with photos of the museum exhibits to sell to the visitors. This museum deserves the highest evaluation, but the management of the museum does not.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 20, 2024
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Abhijit_284
Kolkata (Calcutta), India86 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Good scenic beauty surrounding the museum. Inside the museum (yes it is small one) only 4 units are there. Audio visual facility available. Mobile & Camera are not allowed inside. Wash room facilities are also available in the campus, which is very less in the Bhutan country
Written February 3, 2020
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Suresh Kumar
Bengaluru, India2,736 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
There are 2 reasons to visit this magnificent museum. One as a watch tower constructed in 1651. Two as a reopened museum in 2020.
The design and setting is simply elegant and mindboggling. From here savour the bird’s eye Paro valley view. There are so many splendid collections listed below and about 3000 artefacts denoting the time period from stone age to modern times, a true reflection of Bhutanese cultural heritage of over 1500 years :-
 Copperware
 Bronze
 Textiles
 Paintings
 Carvings
 Weapons
 Ornaments
Walk down a path to town from the museum, for a simply exhilarating experience !
Happy to spend time here in the cool September weather and appreciate the government’s role of preserving & promoting the cultural values of the kingdom. BTW, the wall of this structure is a massive 2.5 meters !
Written October 31, 2023
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,703 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The museum is located in the refurbished old watchtower which is in interesting edifice to see. The exhibit is mediocre though. If you're pressed for time skip it in favor of the Royal Heritage Museum in Trongsa if you travel that far.
Written October 4, 2023
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Heng How N
Singapore, Singapore7,451 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
It us orginally a watch tower to look up Tibetian army attack. As time pass-by, the deserted building was converted to National museum by Third King.
It is to show case the many Bhutanese arts, fauna and flora.
The old building is currently under renovation due to earth quake to enforce the structure.
Written May 20, 2019
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ChokseyS
Ahmedabad, India207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015
Its one of the city sight tour destination. One gets aware with the history of Dynasty. Reliable place to buy if one wishes.
Written November 27, 2015
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Pratiksha Powar
Bengaluru, India31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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. The Royal Manas national park boastibg of Rhinos isshared by Bhutan and the Indian state if Assam.
Written February 15, 2015
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RodMcLeod
San Francisco, CA965 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This museum, situated within an old circular fortress, is fashioned like the Guggenheim in NY. You start at the top and wend your way downward through various exhibit rooms as you slowly descend.
The cultural exhibits are extensive, from fabrics and clothing to religious artifacts to agricultural tools spanning from about the 1500s. Not a long history, but sufficient to give one an insight into Bhutanese history.
We enjoyed our visit very much.
Written May 1, 2023
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jeannaoh
San Francisco, CA292 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
Is a small simple temporary museum, a little introduction to Bhutan culture & habitats. Just a few rooms with exhibits that takes less than an hour to complete.
Written December 10, 2019
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wallacejain
New Delhi, India1,419 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
National Museum of Bhutan is housed in a circular shaped building which was a watch tower earlier. It was transformed into a museum in 1968 by the King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is credited with modernization of Bhutan. Currently this buiding is under renovation and some of the artefacts have been shifted to a temporary building. The collection includes antique thangkha paintings, masks, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. There is not much to see in the temporary building as far as Museum go. In fact the entire tour is over in fifteen minutes. Never-the-less it is an effort in the right direction to start preserving the heritage. Strangely no pictures are allowed inside even as most of the display are in picture form. This visit can be put on the low priority list.
Written November 18, 2019
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couple59060
Tel Aviv, Israel424 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We had a show about the different masks. and a lot about Behhutan nature , animals birds and flora. small rooms.
Written October 27, 2019
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