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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  • We are visit The National Museum in Kathmandu. interested in Nepal's history and cultural heritage. also houses an old used battered car belonging to the king of Nepal.  more »
  • The museum consists of three buildings. Fine collection of sculptures in bronze and stone and paintings in first building. Note flawed. Nice building decorated with objects and information about Buddhism. Please note that building has two floors. The original museum building is in decline. Only the ground floor is used as a museum of natural history. There is a collection of dolls, diorama with different ethnic groups of Nepal. Collection smile mirrors fun for the numerous school classes that run around here on weekdays
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  • I got there early and sat around with the staff as they waited to get in to start work . They were really nice ...lots of smiles . I got to get a good look around the surrounding Gardens which were be...  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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