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“Great collections” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of National Museum

National Museum
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Yangon National Museum and Art Galleries Day Tour
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Owner description: This museum exhibits the treasures of the last king of Myanmar.
Bangkok
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Great collections”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

This is my second visit to this museum. The entrance fee is 6 USD or 6000 Kyats. It may not look as modern as many others but it does have some good collections. The museum has five floors and it took around 2 hours or more to see all of them.In particular, I like the Burmese painting section. The highlight of the museum is the Lion Throne on the ground floor, which is the only Burmese throne left, as all others were destroyed in WW2 (this one was in Calcutta at that time and so it was safe). It is a good place to understand Burmese history. Camera is not allowed inside.

To get to the museum, you can hire a taxi. Some taxi may not know the place well or may not understand English. It's better to print the name of the place in Burmese and show it to the driver.

Visited August 2013
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Haarlem, the Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

a huge museum with quite a few treasures and otherwise interesting artefacts. Everything displayed on 4 floors. You walk and walk and walk and it's very hot - no restaurant or cafe for something to drink or a lunch - and there are so many interesting things - historical, cultural - but it is just too much. Tickets are 5000 kyatt (around 5 American dollars), which give you access for a week. But one day is enough. Interesting, but tiring

Visited August 2013
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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“So weird it's cool!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

Huge building with massive rooms with tons of material that is very poorly labeled and lit. As everything in Burma, if you look for the fun aspect of it, you'll love it! some really beautiful things to be seen. Look for the amazing (said to be from the) 16th century painting where man are carrying machine guns... pretty sure the label wasn't correct, but the staff was pretty confused when I asked and assured me they had machine guns for centuries in Burma.

Visited December 2012
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“In poor condition, but a treasure chest of artifacts”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

This museum is in such bad condition that it's fun to visit. Bleak fluorescent lights and large, half-empty rooms makes you feel like this outdated museum should be in a museum itself. Apparently, the government is building a new national museum in Nay Pyi Taw, which could explain why it seems like nothing has been updated or invested in here since the 1970's.

Apart from that, this is a treasure chest for people interested in history and archaeology. Dinosaur fossils, royal artifacts (the Lion Throne being most spectacular piece), and plenty of other things that would make most conservationists start drooling (or cry over the poor state they're kept in).

This museum could have been a magnificent display of Myanmar's rich history, but much of it is unfortunately lost through lack of information or poor displays.

Bring both dollars and kyats, the preferred currency of the ticket office accept seems to change every now and then.

Visited July 2013
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Great museum!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

Even though I thought $5 was a bit much for entry by Myanmar standards, the museum is pretty impressive. Especially the million year + dinosaur molars on display and the ethnic minority section. If you have the time, you really must check it out! A good way to spend a few hours in Yangon.

Visited June 2013
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