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Bagan Archaeological Museum, Bagan

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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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Where to stay in Bagan

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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  • I didn't expect these much information and very interesting! My head spin around a bit. It is good if you are into religion and want to know more about Buddhism, notice the closed time at 4.30. They a...  more »
  • If you want to learn History of Bagan, this is the place to go and study, make sure you reserve at least 2 hours of your time there  more »
  • Who would have expected that in the dusty plains of Bagan, one would find one of the finest museums. Truly, this humble yet palatial structure holds the history of Bagan like no other place in the cou...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Remains might be ruined if they are put at the original site. By placing them in the museum, they are well protected to some extent.
  • Huge historic museum with lots of artifacts, well labeled and informative, architectural models and paintings. Worth coming to learn some background before going around the pagodas. The museum's own architecture is hideous. One star off because you are not allowed to bring any thing in with you, including cameras, or water (there is no cafe) and must leave your bags in unguarded lockers. In addition, the toilets were in an unbelievable state of filth. The staff mainly sit in groups talking rather than doing anything. The top floor is closed, I heard that is as a result of the damage from the recent earthquake. Closes early and is closed on Mondays.
  • Display historic facts about Ancient Bagan city
  • Beautiful exhibits on crafts and history of the area. Well lit exhibits are displayed beautifully best museum I've been to so far in south east Asia could have spend hours there but was dragged way by friends after 2 and half hours. Only wish they provided more information about the area's history and the restoration of many of the temples.