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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  • The Museum is located downtown near PYAY road. About peoples from ancient times, and to the exhibition of the painting. On the first floor will lend audio guide equipment free of charge. Of course Japan, too. I think, quite wide, so carefully look around and takes 2 hours 3 hours. Museum of history exhibits from Myanmar. What I said. If you have time to visit.
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  • Quite wide so tired walking. Because the top floor floor displays costumes such as many suggest. Ceremonial utensils and tableware exhibited floor is precious, but very dark and empty because one woman is worrisome.
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  • This museum has some amazing things but could really benefit from more descriptions in English and in general, the bejewelled gold items are incredible but what are the jewels?  more »
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  • 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.
  • The museum clearly suffers somewhat from a lack of funds, the lighting could be better, and more english descriptions would be appreciated but these are minor concerns - the range and depth of the exhibits within is brilliant and gives a real sense of the richness of Myanmarese cultural history.
  • Many interesting things to look around there. Also suitable to arrange some exhibition this museum.
  • A huge place with place with in-depth displays of Myanmar history and culture. Well-worth the visit, but with limited seating for those who want to rest and reflect.
  • I thought the museum is well curated and has rightfully earned the distinction of being the country's premiere museum. The diverse collection is spread across five floors and consists of about 5,000 permanent objects, truly a grand showcase of the country's cultural and natural history. The volume of exhibits can be quite overwhelming so pace yourself. I'd say at least three hours is necessary to see the museum at a comfortable pace. I particularly enjoyed the exhibits on Myanmar calligraphy and music traditions, the majestic and imposing Lion Throne, and the special section on the country's ASEAN neighbors. Cameras are not allowed. You will be asked to store them in the lockers, which you can use free of charge. Smartphones with cameras are okay but flash photography and selfies are prohibited. In addition, pictures are only allowed in some of the exhibition rooms. Like most reviewers have pointed out, lighting and temperature control in the museum can definitely be improved for the convenience of visitors.

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