National Museum, Yangon (Rangoon)

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Showcasing a wide array of artifacts in a modern, five-story building, National Museum details the development of Myanmar's culture since prehistoric times. You'll get a sense of the continuity of the heritage since ancient civilizations across 14 separate galleries, with Stone Age paintings and contemporary pieces as well as a collection showing the history of calligraphy. See the last king of Myanmar's intricately carved, jewel- and gold-encrusted 8 m (26 ft) tall throne, and browse elaborately carved gilded altarpieces, ornate imperial robes, and armories. A detailed ethnographic section documents the lives and customs of some 40 vanishing tribes of Myanmar, describing the country's complex ethnic patchwork and rich heritage. Note that some parts may be closed for renovation; check the website before you visit. To visit National Museum on your holiday in Yangon (Rangoon), and find out what else Yangon (Rangoon) has to offer, use our Yangon (Rangoon) tour planning tool .
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  • I'm glad I took a few hours here to walk through the entire museum. The section with works by Myanmar artists was outstanding. No photos. You have to leave your bag (and camera) in a locker at the ent...  more »
  • Great Museum, very full, but that takes time to visit. No photos allowed and no postcards!
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  • Most tourists tend to forgo a trip to the National Museum. However it's well worth going there as its exhibits give one a good glimpse of the country, its culture and traditions. Do find the time to g...  more »
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  • Located on Pyay Road the National Museum is certainly a must see for the curious and inquisitive visitor. With an entrance fee of MMK 5,000 for foreigners (and free for locals) you can expect to be impressed by the great array of relics on display here. There are lockers located at the entrance to the Museum and all bags must be secured in the locker before entering the building. It is guarded over by a police officer and is secure. The Museum is located across several floors and each is themed differently to the history of the monarchs as well as the natural history museum which includes displays of fossils. Just 2 points of observation: firstly, the lighting in the Museum could be much better and it is no exaggeration to say that while some areas are very dim others are quite literally without any light. Also, it would be a great addition if there are guided tours available. However, even without a guided tour I was nonetheless very impressed.
  • Wonderful museum, very big, it has like 4/5 floors and about 3 large rooms per floor. You cannot bring any bags inside or take pictures, but you can leave your belongings in a free locker and you take the key with you. We spent about 2 hours.
  • Want to know the history of Myanmar? This is just the right place to go. They have everything from the prehistory of Myanmar to present day Myanmar.
  • A good place to start your journey after Shwedagon - the icon of Myanmar.
  • A slowly decaying edifice that nonetheless strives to fulfill its important role as National Museum. You will find a confusing mixture of artifacts both banal and astonishing, just take your time and follow your interests. There are few visitors and almost no attendant staff.

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