Situated in Paro Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan makes sure to answer the history buffs' inquiries. The famous vacation spot is a museum built up in 1968 to house some best examples of Bhutanese, artistry including bronze artistic creations and sculptures. Today the gallery has more than 3,000 works of ancient Bhutanese rarities and fine arts, including conventional weapons, outfits, defensive layers, and handmade executes. It spans over 1,500 years of Bhutan's social legacy.
Vacationers visiting the exhibition hall will get a chance to discover the exceptional Bhutanese history with its productive holding of different inventive conventions and disciplines.
The museum's atmosphere speaks to a momentous mix of the past with the current, an encounter not missed while holidaying in Paro. The travelers discover the museum. They will run over the Natural History Gallery and Ritual Objects that showcase daggers, headdresses, thunderbolts, robes, cymbals, and instruments typical to Buddhist rituals. There is Thangkas and the Chapel of Wealth Deity that has a scope of paintings of natural mineral pigments. A visit to the historical center will carry one assortment that best shows the nation's rich cultural traditions.
The surprising round building is said to take after a conch shell as for the museum's architecture. Photography is restricted inside the exhibition hall. However, sightseers can make the best use if their photography abilities by catching the ta Dzong (watchtower) and the encompassing grounds. What's more, when vacationers are finished visiting the exhibition hall, one can bring down away from the gallery to the Dzong and back to the town. Enjoying this short climb will offer the voyagers a chance to appreciate magnificent views on the valley and the Ugyen Pelri Palace.
Its walls are white-colored. Art galleries were built to safeguard ancient artifacts. The walls are 2.5 meters thick to preserve the historical belongings of the country.
Just stone and wood have been used to build the unusual round structure of Ta Dzong without nail. Its structure is so strong that Ta Dzong survived the earthquakes of 1714 and 1896. No record is available about the architect who made it. An underground passage connects the tower with the Pa Chhu River. During wartime, the same was used to supply water.
Ngoenpa Tenzin Dugda built it to protect Ringpung Dzong from the intermittent invasion from Tibet and India. In the 17th century, this grand fortress was transformed into the National Museum of Bhutan in 1968 as per the instruction from the 3rd dragon king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
Best Time to Visit
Spring months from March to May is the best time to visit the museum.
- Sunday : 11:00 am to 04:00 pm
- Tuesday : 09:00 am to 04:00 pm
- Wednesday : 09:00 am to 04:00 pm
- Thursday : 09:00 am to 04:00 pm
- Friday : 09:00 am to 04:00 pm
- Saturday : 09:00 am to 04:00 pm
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.
How to Reach
- On Foot : It is 20 minutes' walk from downtown Paro.
- By Air : The nearest airport Paro is 9.5 kilometers away from the National Museum of Bhutan.
- By Cab : Hire a taxi from the airport to reach the museum.
- For Locals : 10 Nu (10.01 INR)
- For Tourists from SAARC : 50 Nu (50.03 INR)
- For Students : 5 Nu (5 INR)
- For Foreign Nationals : 200 Nu (200.10 INR)
- For Monks, Gomchen, Nuns, and Children : No entry fee for Monks, Gomchen, Nuns, and Children below age 10.
- Spectacular view of Paro Valley from the watchtower of Ta Dzong.
- Visitors can watch documentaries on the history of Bhutanese monarchy in the art technology and media room.
- The first king’s robes, the Raven Crown, the swords of the Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyal, and the third king in galleries.
- Ta Dzong premises house an ancient temple.
Egg of Mule
You will get to see the egg of mule and pictorial evidence to prove this unmusicality of nature.
Pots and Vessels
You will see family essentials like copper and bronze utensils.
Cane and Bamboo Products
You will see cane and bamboo items like sticks, utensils, showpieces, carpets, mats, woven baskets.
Arms and Weapons
You will get to witness bows, arrows, shields of ancient times.
You will see objects that Presiding monks used to perform rituals like robes, drums, daggers, and cymbals.
Natural History Gallery - Animals and Birds Specimens
You will see specimens of butterflies, birds, crocodiles, and other animals.
Clothing and Jewellery Collection
You will see royal textiles, traditional silver, and copper jewelry, amulets, coins, etc.
Religious and Prehistoric Items
You will see earthen pots and other utensils.
Scroll paintings or Thangka are the attractions.
You will get to see stamps in different shapes and colors.
National Museum of Bhutan, Paro, Bhutan
Rating & Reviews
The National Museum located above the Rinpung Dzong was previously a watch tower (Ta Dzong) built in 1649 to guard the valley from numerous Tibetan invasions. Built in the shape of a conch shell the tower was converted to a Museum in 1968, was severely damaged by three major earthquakes, the recent being in 2011 and renovated and reopened in all its former architectural glory in June 2020 as the National Museum.
The Museum has on display numerous unique sets of religious and historical artifacts that narrate the traditional heritage and culture of Bhutan. The artifacts include festival masks, fine arts, paintings, textiles from all over Bhutan, collection of stamps, preserved specimens of exotic animals and many antique collections. A visit to the Museum will familiarize a visitor to the ancient culture and traditions of Bhutan and discover the beauty, mystery, myths and legends that makes Bhutan a hidden gem of a country.
National Museum of Bhutan is located above Paro Dzong in the Paro district. It is an interesting place to visit irrespective of whether or not you are a history enthusiast because the views that this place offers are stunning. Moreover, the structure of the building is unique with reference to other historic monuments in Bhutan. The major attraction in the museum is an egg kept here that is considered to a mule’s egg.
Beautiful place to see.. must visit place if you are interested to know more about Bhutan culture, birds, wildlife etc. there is documentary also they play at certain time duration, you will be enjoying beautiful view of town from the place .
Bhutan boasts a great variety of plants and animals that thrive in a range of environments from tropical jungle (Southern Bhutan) to high snow bound mountains (Northern Bhutan). The Royal Government of Bhutan has created one nature reserve, four wildlife sanctuaries and five national parks to preserve and protect its extensive bio-diversity. This protected land amounts to approximately 35 percent of the country. Bhutan has also created a network of biological corridors linking all of the protected areas to facilitate animal migration and access to seasonal food supplies. The Museum contains some preserved specimens and trophies of such animals as the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal, snow leopards, deer, a crocodile, butterflies, and birds. Be sure to note the Bhutan Glory, a species of butterfly unique to Bhutan in the world. Temporary exhibition hall The building constructed in 2008 to host special and temporary exhibition also houses a museum shop on the ground floor selling authentic Bhutanese handicrafts. Amongst the four galleries, one gallery is dedicated to the natural history gallery
Beautiful museum at a very beautiful location. One can spend hours here and gain information on the local culture, tribes, food, flaura and fauna. Very cordial and polite people.