Bagan Archaeological Museum, Bagan

3.2
#2 of 6 in Museums in Mandalay Region
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 like museums a lot and top museums in such places especially, and I don't mind old-fashioned, even colonial ones and respective displays, but this is really just a loveless, dusty assemblage of...  more »
  • The archeological museum is a pleasant change of pace from temple-hopping and a pleasantly cool respite from the heat. But more than that, it's a place to make sense of the enormity of Bagan, get...  more »
  • Not everything has been stolen or sold --- and this museum helps prove the point. Many fantastic pieces, simply displayed in large exhibition halls on 3 levels. I've been there twice, always really...  more »
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  • A must visit to get an idea of the history of Bagan. Well arranged and graphically explained, it is the place to start the visit of Bagan from. The different statues of Buddha in various Mudras , the multitude of stories that reveal a glorious past, the imposing painting of the temples------ all are necessary to be imbibed first to understand the ancient culture of Bagan
  • Humble but highly informative. It's a massive building but don't be intimidated. The exhibits inside are simple but full of useful information. If possible, visit here before touring the many temples in Bagan. Unless you are a historian specializing in the Bagan Period and other Southeast Asian cultures, you'll learn a lot of useful information about crosscurrents, architectural approaches, history, religious beliefs resulting in various depictions of the Buddha and more. I wish I had realized how I could have developed a sharper appreciation for /understanding of what I was seeing the previous day! Allow 1-2 hours. Almost every caption and sign provides English translations.
  • This place looks nice from the outside but is kinda boring on the inside. You're not allowed to bring your bags or camera inside ( since most pieces are just laying there without any protection) but everyone is making photo's with their phones so the no camera rule makes no sense. After 30min I was outside already, yes it was that boring... so don't waste any money there and just enjoy all the temples and pagoda's
  • I post my ticket, since I feel a bit bitter... The ticket is only for foreign tourists. Actually visit a museum I hope to see better pictures of what lies in this faraway ground We were not allowed to take pictures inside but eventually everyone did The mini sculpture were not prepared perfectly, dusty and some story only written in local language. Please improve it
  • If you are into history and also art and handicraft, this museum can be helpful. It has quite full information about Bagan from their living and development throughout the years.
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