The National Museum, Kathmandu

Categories: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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2.3/5 based on 50 reviews on the web
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 General Bhimsen Thapa using an old building built in 1819 A.D. 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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  • Well they allow camera inside that's a very interesting thing. Some beautiful old historical God & Goddess are there. Some old arts & hand written Shahnama wow. But i was disappointed when they didn't...  read more »
  • The things inside the museum are same and nothing different like when i visited 10 years ago. Recommended if you are first timer and want to see some antique pieces, clothes,cars and other things. 
  • a week back back i have been to the national museum in Chauni and find it not i a good condition , among three buildings of the museum one is badly damaged by an earthquake last year , the museum auth...  read more »
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