Patan Museum, Patan (Lalitpur)

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Visit Patan Museum to observe the traditional sacred art of Nepal in a prominent architectural setting. Once a Buddhist monastery dating from 1734, the building rests on even older foundations that may go all the way back to the Licchavi Period (3rd to 9th century). To fight building decay, some parts were reconstructed to their original appearance, while some were adapted to the needs of the museum, thanks to joint efforts of the governments of Nepal and Austria. Inspect the exhibited rare objects of Nepal's cultural history, as well as the unique local handicrafts. If you want to rest, visit the museum cafe in the inner courtyard and taste a mix of traditional and Western delicacies. Make Patan Museum part of your personalized Patan (Lalitpur) itinerary using our Patan (Lalitpur) attractions planner.
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  • Really a beautiful museum. A must-see, in for the cultural richness of the collections presented as for its beautifully preserved architecture
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  • It is a small museum but it is worth visiting. Many interesting facts about their culture and history.  more »
  • A fine collection of Nepalese bronze pieces both of Buddhist and Tantric origins. The palace is at the heart of the Durbar Square and certainly worth a visit. The rich heritage of Nepal that is a mixt...  more »
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  • Observe the traditional sacred art of Nepal in a prominent architectural setting. Once a Buddhist monastery dating from 1734, the building rests on even older foundations that may go all the way back to the Licchavi Period (3rd to 9th century). To fight building decay, some parts were reconstructed to their original appearance, while some were adapted to the needs of the museum, thanks to joint efforts of the governments of Nepal and Austria. Inspect the exhibited rare objects of Nepal's cultural history, as well as the unique local handicrafts. If you want to rest, visit the museum cafe in the inner courtyard and taste a mix of traditional and Western delicacies.
  • The Museum is housed in the renovated Patan Royal Palace. It's exhibits date back to the 13th century, ranging from the raw architecture of the museum itself, to countless paintings, sculptures and carvings. Well maintained, clean and informative, it is easily the best museum in all of Nepal. As of writing this review some portions of the museum are being renovated; the exhibits are relocated to another wing.
  • amazing museum,beautiful, even after the earthquake,repairs are well under way. so much to see and very interesting, guide not necessary for this.
  • The place is has very important historical background with very rich culture. You can learn about different hindu and buddhist gods and goddess inside the museum.
  • The Patan Museum is certainly one of the most beautiful and interesting Asian museums. To those of you who are in Nepal or plan to go there, I highly recommend that you visit this museum in depth. The Patan Museum displays the traditional sacred art of Nepal in an illustrious architectural setting. Its home is an old residential court of Patan Darbar, one of the royal palaces of the former Malla kings of the Kathmandu Valley. The residential palace compound, which houses the museum, dates from 1734. The museum's exhibits cover a long span of Nepal's cultural history and some rare objects are among its treasures. Their meaning and context within the living traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism are explained in extensive labels. From existing national collections comprising more than 1500 objects some 200 were selected for permanent exhibition and augmented with a few recent donations. The majority of exhibits are sculptures of Hindu and Buddhist deities, which were created in the Kathmandu Valley, many in the nearby workshops of Patan itself. Others originated in India, Tibet, and the western Himalayas.
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