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).
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  • A must-see for the amazing, tall, gilded throne, as well as for the entire floor showcasing the various costumes worn by all the different ethnic groups in Myanmar. There are also some of the jewelry....  more »
  • I am a Museum junkie, and the National Museum did not disappoint. Myanmar has a long rich history, and the exhibits accurately reflect the historical beauty of this amazing country. I was there for....  more »
  • Was surprised by the sheer amount of artifacts in this museum. Having lived and traveled around SEA for the past 5 years, I’ve got used to the national museum having hardly anything in it. But there.....  more »
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  • + Stunning ground floor of the original golden Lion throne showroom from Mandalay. Third floor golden jewelry & Forth floor custom was interesting of showing some highlights of the 135 different tribes history and fashion. + Washroom on every floor. Convenient. - Though not too impressed the young girl guide asking up front for tips if the tour is satisfactory. Reminds of like being in Cuba. Difference being in here she’s polite, friendly & attentive to everyone of our group. Cuba was total opposite. Whole trip in Myanmar has never been asked nor expected tips. - Certain area no photography nor video allowed. Lights at certain floor was quite dim. Entrance Free for locals. 5000 Y for foreigner. Nice staff. English speaking staff available to tour around.
  • This is truly the highlight of the visit to Yangon !!! Get the free guide to learn more about the exhibits. The visit takes between two and four hours for a complete viewing of the exhibits. Kelvin was our guide and he was excellent. Give him a handsome tip after the visit if you appreciate his service.
  • I has been many time to this museum. It is a beautiful things showing to public. And I am a airport taxi driver. Some travellers are doing Yangon Sight seen by my car.
  • Prepare to slowly spend 2 to 3 hours here, enjoy the exhibits in various spacious large rooms located on 5 floors. Took me about 45 minutes walk through very fast. Very few people on Saturday afternoon, not crowed. K5000 fee is well worth it, cost the museum a lot of money to operate it, not cheap to pay for electricity cost just to run many air conditioners there, unlikely it can make profit due to small number of visitors each day, it must be subsidized by government so it can stay in operation. Tons of real artifacts, there are some replicas, mostly real. This museum is very interesting for people who can spend time slowly enjoy the little details in the exhibits. Can be much better if provide more history information in English. Interested in ancient Burma/Myanmar? This place has plenty to see.
  • It will be better if this be first place when reach Yangon in order to know Myanmar. No food and bag allow to bring in. Proper place to keep your belonging is available and it is free of charge. Hopefully the entrance fee is helping to survive the place. Can see it is really historical protection building.

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