Bhutan is home to various museums which offer a unique perspective of Bhutanese history, culture, tradition and religion. Most of the museums in Bhutan are government funded. From traditional medicine museum to postal museum, which shows the evolution of postal service and communication in Bhutan, the country has many museums for the history and culture aficionados. Here are the most famous museums which should find a place in the itinerary of tourists travelling to Bhutan.
These are the must visit 3 most popular museums in Bhutan
The National Museum of Bhutan
The Folk Heritage Museum
The National Textile Museum
National Museum, Paro
The National Museum of Bhutan also known as Ta Dzong museum is a pretty looking cylindrical shaped building which was established in 1968. Located in Ta Dzong in Paro, it has housed some of the antiques, masterpieces and artefacts which are decades old. The art, historical objects and inscriptions have been immaculately preserved. It is quite fascinating to know the life of locals and the way their culture has evolved over the years.
Visiting Time: Summers: 9:00AM to 5:00PM, Winter: 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Places to See Around: Rinpung Dzong and Paro Chhu
Folk Heritage Museum, Thimphu
The Folk Heritage Museum of Bhutan showcases the lifestyle of Bhutanese villagers by displaying artefacts, daily household items, tools and equipment. As the name suggests, the museum is made up of mud and timber house, and is surrounded by paddy, wheat and millet fields. Regular programs and workshops are arranged for school kids here, along with various exhibitions of rural traditions, culture, habits and customs.
Visiting Time: 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Places to See Around: Tashichho Dzong, Centenary Farmers’ Market, Memorial Chorten
National Textile Museum, Thimphu
The National Textile Museum of Thimphu holds a very important place for the country. Bhutan’s textiles form an integral part of its culture and heritage. Established in 2001, the museum displays an array of traditional and modern textiles, and at the same time, provides an opportunity to watch artisans and embroiders weaving decorative fabrics. One of the most interesting objects inside this museum is the attire worn by royal families. The main objective of the museum is to highlight the country’s achievements in textile arts at the same time.
Visiting Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Places to See Around: Bhutan Postal Museum, Clock Tower Square, Tashichho Dzong, National Memorial Chhorten