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National Museum, Paro

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Originally built as a traditional watchtower in 1649, National Museum houses some of the finest specimens of art produced by Bhutanese craftspeople and artisans, including bronze statues and painting masterpieces. With over 3,000 collected items, some dating back to 4,000 BCE, the museum preserves and promotes the cultural values and traditions coinciding with the "Nine Domains"--the philosophical guidelines for national development. Examine the relics of this multicultural kingdom as you travel back in history, and learn about local plants, birds, animals, and the Himalayan environment. Officials do not allow cameras; leave your important items and handbags in the locker facilities provided. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to National Museum and many more Paro attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Paro itinerary maker.
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  • August 1, 2017
    Museum on hill top with a nice view of city. Very informative museum regarding bhutan history. Not so much to explore, but enjoyed my time there. Cameras are not allowed inside but one can keep it int...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    Flora and fauna history of Bhutan. Informative and educational. Didn't do much for me. Go if you're into it.  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    This museum is not gigantic like we have in other parts of the world. But it is quaint and enlightens you with the history, the culture, flora & fauna of Bhutan. It is family friendly & will make for ...  more »
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  • June 24, 2017
    Position of the museum is Lovely and amidst a picturesque scenic view. Staffs are polite but collections are not so good enough as it ought to be in a national museum. They don't accept Indian currency of Rupees 500/ note.
  • May 10, 2017
    An amazing museum situated at the top of Paro. A beautiful view of the city awaits when you reach there. I would recommend walking to the museum from the city rather than coming in a cab. The trek up there is a bit long and at times a bit steep but definitely worth the effort!
  • June 11, 2017
    Small museum set up in a picturesque cliff side that serves a magnificent view of the rural town of Paro. The museum itself is a small building that houses specimens relating to the cultural and natural history of Bhutan and a small documentary explaining the different traditional dance forms of Bhutan and their cultural significance is played regularly at intervals of 5 minutes. It does not house a massive number of specimens but it is the quaint atmosphere of the place along with the beautiful setting makes this museum worth a visit.
  • July 3, 2017
    Went to the temporary setup since the original building is being renovated. Nice information on the history and culture of Bhutan
  • July 8, 2017
    Nice place to visit. Can see the cutlure n natural diversity of Bhutan.

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Where to stay in Paro

A popular tourist and pilgrimage spot, Paro offers a range of luxurious accommodations in the form of resort-style hotels and boutique spas. You'll find these scattered around the valley, but not in the main downtown area. If you're looking for less-exclusive hotels, check the hillside to the west of town, which offers great views of the valley. A number of mid-range hotels also offer panoramic views. For budget-oriented travelers, there are few guesthouses in town.
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