Blessed with a rich natural, historical and cultural heritage, Bhutan lies near the eastern end of the breathtaking Himalayas and offers visitors a truly unforgettable holiday adventure. Steeped in Buddhist tradition, the country takes visitors on a stunning journey of discovery and those looking to find out more about this enchanting destination should definitely visit the National Museum of Bhutan.
Located in Paro, this well known museum provides a unique insight into the cultural heritage of Bhutan and has exhibits that showcase artefacts that go as far back as 4000 B.C E. Ranging from the Stone Age to the country’s rich Buddhist history, the galleries at this site offer a truly fascinating visitor experience.
The building that houses the National Museum of Bhutan is a historical attraction in itself and was originally a watchtower that was constructed in 1649 C.E. Similar in shape to that of a conch, the building which is also known as Ta-Dzong, consists of six floors and features two and half metre thick stone walls. Home to more than 3,000 historical objects and artefacts, the museum gives visitors a chance to get a better understanding of the country’s history.
At the ground floor is the Farming Implements, Pots and Vessels section where one will find items used for agricultural purposes as well as objects made from bronze and copper. On the first floor, visitors will find a section dedicated to cane and bamboo products and armour featuring traditional weapons such as swords, guns and bows and arrows.
The Natural History Gallery and Ritual Objects section can be found on the second floor and showcases items relating to the country’s rich natural heritage and includes preserved specimens of the Takin, crocodile, snow leopard and the unique Bhutan Glory butterfly species. Traditional costumes and accessories and ancient coins can be found on the third floor gallery, while the fourth floor features prehistoric items and religious artefacts.
The fifth floor is where you will find a collection of paintings utilising natural pigments and visitors heading to the sixth floor can view a fascinating array of stamps featuring such aspects as wildlife, the Royal family and space travel.