The National Museum, Kathmandu

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The National Museum of Nepal is a popular attraction of the capital city of Kathmandu. About a century old, the museum stands as a tourist destination and historical symbol for Nepal. Being the largest museum of the country of Nepal, it plays an important role in nationwide archaeological works and development of museums. For the residents of Kathmandu, the monument serves to relive the battles fought on the grounds of Nepal. The main attractions are collection of historical artworks and a historical display of weapons used in the wars in the 18-19th century. The museum has separate galleries dedicated to statues, paintings, murals, coins and weapons. It has three buildings — Juddha Jayatia Kala Shala, Buddha Art Gallery and the main building which consists of natural historical section, cultural section and philatelic section.The National Museum is under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. The museum has practical application in portraying and understanding the past and present traditions of the people of Nepal.HistoryThe National Museum of Nepal was established in 1928 by using an old building built in early 19th century. The museum then known as Chhauni Silkhana, literally meaning "arsenal museum", was originally used to display firearms and weapons used in the war history of Nepal.It was opened to the public in February 1939 by the Prime Minister of Nepal Juddha Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana. He allowed Nepalese to visit the museum charging very little and raised a building for an art museum and named it after himself Juddha Jatiya Kalashala. Until then only foreign scholars/dignitaries and invitees or guests of the Rana Prime Minister occasionally could have a glimpse of the collection.
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  • The National Museum in Patan is a magnificent small concentrated space displaying a number of historically and artistically important and beautiful pieces. And It has a wonderful outdoor restaurant in...  more »
  • The museum has an excellent collection of artifacts from all over Nepal. The collection is very well curated and the exhibits have good labeling in English with helpful information about each one of t...  more »
  • This museum is a good place to visit with kids. The museum has statues, paintings, murals, coins and weapons. It has three buildings Art Gallery, Buddhist Art Gallery and Historical Museum. Kids will ...  more »
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  • If you love history, art and are interested to know about Nepal this is the place to go!
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  • A bit small, up to an hour to finish
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