Museum in Nepal

Museum in Nepal

It seems a bit strange to think of traveling to Nepal to visit a museum. With all the natural beauty in landscape, culture and outdoor temples you may need to weigh your options. We will give you a list here with fair warning: if you are a history buff or scholar and see something below of interest, please make a trip to any place listed below, otherwise do not get your hopes up. Many times the building and the area around the museum is more entertaining than the contents.

Annapurna (ACAP) Museum – Pokhara
Annapurna (ACAP) Museum – Pokhara
Annapurna (ACAP) Museum – Pokhara

Also known as the natural museum is another interesting visit in Pokhara. Run by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), the museum has an exceptional collection of butterflies, insects, birds and models of wildlife found in the area. It is located at Prithivi Narayan Campus east of the old bazaar.

Bhaktapur Museum (National Art Gallery)
Bhaktapur Museum (National Art Gallery)
Bhaktapur Museum (National Art Gallery)

Bhaktapur Museum also known as National Art Gallery, located in the famous place complex of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The museum is a unique gallery. The museum consists of some of the rarest paintings of Nepal and wide array of manuscripts with painted covers and illustrations. Although this museum is primarily a Museum of paintings from early to late Malla period, the Gallery also contains bronze, brass stone and wooden images. In fact, the museum is the virtual treasure house to explore the medieval art tradition of Nepal.

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Bhimphedi Hattisar Museum – Makawanpur
Bhimphedi Hattisar Museum – Makawanpur
Bhimphedi Hattisar Museum – Makawanpur

Bhimphedi museum is situated at Chowk Bazaar Bhimphedi, Makawanpur. Elephant howdahs totaling 85, brought from England and various other countries by the Rana prime ministers (1846-1951) for their journeys by elephant have been preserved here.

Dhankuta Museum – Dhankuta
Dhankuta Museum – Dhankuta
Dhankuta Museum – Dhankuta

At Dhankuta encompasses the Kingdom’s eastern sector. Apart from serving as a showcase for ethnic artifacts, the museum focuses on archeological exhibits.

Gurkha Memorial Museum
Gurkha Memorial Museum
Gurkha Memorial Museum

Located at Lainchour, Kathmandu has a collection of medals (including the Victoria Cross), decorations and plaques won by soldiers who served in the British Indian and Nepalese forces. It also has on display uniforms, photographs, communication equipment as well as book on the Gurkhas.

Hanumandhoka Palace Museum
Hanumandhoka Palace Museum
Hanumandhoka Palace Museum

This grand medieval palace complex, in addition to its architectural importance and grandeur, is also the heartbeat of medieval and modern historic ambience; three separate museums of historic importance are located inside the Palace complex Tribhuvan Museum: The museum is specially designed to display all the events, personal belongings, mementos of the late H.M. King Tribhuvan (1906 – 1951). He is fondly remembered as the father of the nation as he was primarily instrumental in ushering democracy in Nepal in 1951. The museum has a rare collection of photos, paintings / portraits of Royal family members. Mahendra Museum: The museum vividly sheds light on the late king Mahendra (1920 –1972AD). (more…)

International Mountaineering (NMA) Museum – Pokhara
International Mountaineering (NMA) Museum – Pokhara
International Mountaineering (NMA) Museum – Pokhara

The Himalaya is the greatest mountain system in the world. It stretches 2400 km from east to west between Naga Parbat and Namcha Barwa peaks. Most find such an immense range of mountains hard to envisage because the scale is beyond one’s experience. Cradled among the mountains in the central Himalaya with profusion of high peaks lays the kingdom of Nepal. The mystery of the unknown, sheer beauty of majestic peaks and above all is an urge to experience the challenge of climbing. The first tentative steps towards Himalayan climbing were taken in 1920. Mt. Everest summited in 1953 by Tenzing Sherpa (Nepal) and Edmund Hillary (New Zealand).

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Kapilvastu Museum – Kapilvastu
Kapilvastu Museum – Kapilvastu
Kapilvastu Museum – Kapilvastu

It is situated 27 km west of Lumbini in Talaurakot. The museum holds coins, pottery and toys dating between the 7th century BC and 4th century AD. The museum also has a good collection of jewelry and other ornaments from that period.

Lumbini Museum – Lumbini
Lumbini Museum – Lumbini
Lumbini Museum – Lumbini

The Lumbini museum contains Mauryan and Kushana coins, religious manuscripts, terra-cotta fragments and stone and metal sculptures. It also possesses an extensive collection of stamps from various countries depicting Lumbini and Buddha.

Mustang Eco Museum – Mustang
Mustang Eco Museum – Mustang
Mustang Eco Museum – Mustang

In Jomsom contains beads bones and pendants as well as ceramic vessels found at the burial caves of Mustang. The relics date to 800 BC. There are also musical instruments costumes and mannequins that reflect the culture of Mustang besides an herbal medicine section.

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