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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. Work out when and for how long to visit National Museum and other Paro attractions using our handy Paro route builder app .
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  • The National Museum currently has only a limited number of items on display but when it moves to the restored building nearby it will significantly expand what can be seen. Nicely curated rooms offeri...  more »
  • A mixture of specimens and photos. Telling history, culture and wildlife. Interesting but not essential  more »
  • a nice structured museum with a good collection of ritual masks, pictures, books. one can understand better Bhutan / we were surprised that there are rhinos as well here/ and take a home message about...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Went to the temporary setup since the original building is being renovated. Nice information on the history and culture of Bhutan
  • 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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