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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  • September 25, 2017
    It's a very informative museum to visit, plus very nice old pieces to see. My advice is to hire the services of one of the experts there. Mr. U Htay Myint, an archeologist and assistant director at th...  more »
  • September 22, 2017
    Worth the admission fee of 5000. Exhibits are very much a throne on the first floor and the costume exhibition is particularly interesting. Japan-language guide to wheelchairs, should take a look at rent.
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  • September 17, 2017
    This museum was quite informative and covered a wide range of Burmese culture and history. Some of the exhibits, especially the old beads, were mislabeled, and way too many exhibits were too hard to s...  more »
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  • May 23, 2017
    Very interesting and expansive 5 floors of the entire history of Myanmar/Burma. It is well worth the 5000 kyats to visit. Sadly you can't take cameras in but I did notice lots of people using their phones in certain parts of the museum. The musical instrument exhibit was my personal favourite.
  • July 16, 2017
    Perfect place to spend time and discover the history of Burmese. In front of the Museum, you can also find a lovely coffee shop with good meal
  • May 1, 2017
    There is quite a bit to see in the museum but not always well labelled. There are volunteer guides in the museum though and I would highly suggest you try to have them show you around. It takes a fair amount of time when you have this person explaining everything but otherwise I am not sure I would have appreciated the place. Also they don't ask for tips or money (tried to give mine money but she said no).
  • June 22, 2017
    So much things to learn about myanmar. Adviceble to get service of guide. They have good knowledge about history and artifacts. I got service from Kelvin a volenteer guide. Explain me lot. Eventhough they dont expect tips I think you must give them decent tips to them. Most of them are university students or graduates.
  • June 1, 2017
    Very interesting place for local and international visitor. To enjoy their wonderful display, 2 to 3 hours are needed. Entrance fee are 500 MMK for local and 5000 MMK 5 USD for foreigner. Guides are available.

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