Bagan Archaeological Museum, Bagan

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#5 of 17 in Museums in Myanmar
Displaying archaeological artifacts and stone inscriptions that have been collected around region, Bagan Archaeological Museum illuminates the historical culture of this ancient city. From its humble beginnings in 1904 as a small structure no bigger than 167.2 sq m (1,800 sq ft), by 1998 the museum had grown into an enormous, impressive structure packed with some of the country's most important historical assets. Across the facility's 10 exhibition rooms, you'll learn about the Bagan Palace city, Bagan period literature, Bagan-period architecture, Bagan-period social life, and much more. Make sure you head to the upper reaches of the museum and get your camera ready to take in one of the finest panoramas of the Bagan pagodas. Using our online itinerary creator, Bagan attractions like Bagan Archaeological Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I had read disappointing reviews before my visit, but they were in my opinion unfounded. It is a very impressive building, with lots of English information. As developing world museums go this could b...  more »
  • This museum is not modern. Large rooms in which beautiful adjoining rooms with crusts. There is also a lack of cleanliness. The explanations are sketchy or absent. Very nice: a children's Museum is adjacent to the Museum. The Burmese traditions are well presented playful and smart. No children, or no adult seems to attend this space.
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  • Opening hour: 9.30 to 4.30 pm - check. Closed on Monday and National Holidays - check. Entrance fee for Foreigner: 5000 MMK - check. Camera not allowed inside - check You can take photos with your mob...  more »
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  • This is a very worth to go place. You could spend one whole day immerse in the great history and art of Bagan. Every single piece of display has a lot to learn about the traditions, culture and amaze by the detail artworks.
  • A must-see to understand how Bagan came to be. Lots of 3D models of the original state of palaces and short information about WHY they were built/commissioned by kings, etc. Useful information also on the way the local population uses natural resources, eg. The palm tree. Would definitely go again! Very informative!
  • Museum is fine and a good excuse to be inside during a full day of temples. Nothing here you must see, but collection is enough to warrant an hour or so indoors when it's hottest outside. Nice courtyard out front as well.
  • It is very special place for the person who is interested in historical facts.
  • I honestly don't know what all the other reviews mean when they say this a good museum... The museum costs 5,000 kyats. There is no specific planning or timeline for the collection. Though there is information on the indigenous peoples within the Bagan region and their everyday lives, there is no relevant information on how Bagan came to be. The collection is not that impressive or interesting. It contains mostly buddha statues, and indigenous peoples' tools. The most interesting part is the display on the different hairstyles that the royals could've had. I really urge the staff to work on creating a plan so that the museum can be more interesting and engaging!

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Bagan accommodations try their best to fit in with the atmosphere of spirituality and mystery that clings to the temple town. As such, you won't find any high-rise hotels here. Instead, a number of squat wooden lodges, converted traditional houses, and new boutique resorts (all pretty low to the ground) provide the main options for those staying in town. Among them, you'll find some that offer a slightly better range of facilities--including well-maintained pools and restaurants--and others that offer basic dormitory accommodation.
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