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 impressive place to visit. It is a must for all visitors of the region. Patan is one of the oldest bases of Nepali Empire, with incredible history to share. Sites are being restored by internat...  more »
  • Contrary to what is stated everywhere, it's a big disappointment. only a few rooms are open. There are a few exhibits but nothing rare. If that's the most beautiful Museum of the Nepal... More restaurant is invaded at lunch by the groups. a total disappointment
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  • I have visited Patan Durbar Square Museum on many occasions over the past four decades, and it is always an inspiring and learning experience! It is a great example of Seventeenth Century palace archi...  more »
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  • Great place for the people in love with spiritual history. Ancient palace preserved as museum stuffed with all the handicrafts from earlier malla kings. Wood and metal works inside the museum are the markings of knowledge of the past and art of story telling through the art. Not only the museum the whole ancient square is full of different temples built in different era with different designs.
  • This museum is now (January 2018) open partially and the artifacts are on display. There are number of artifacts which are almost a thousand years old and related to Buddhist religious beliefs. Each relic has a description against it and has an identification. Very nicely kept, though the total number of articles are not many. The wood carvings are the other attraction. One can spend an afternoon here and will be leaving with lot of satisfaction and enhanced knowledge.
  • One of the best museum in Nepal. Although small, but there are many things of historical and cultural and religious interests here. Situated inside Patan Durbar Square area. Also hosts many stage shows here.
  • Must visit when in and around Patan area. Well managed and also gives great insights on Newari culture and hindu-Buddhism beauty.
  • You will got to find a lots of informative article overthere. I frequently vist there because of its environment and beauty😍😍😍

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