Bhaktapur Museum, Nepal


Get the facts about Bhaktapur Museum Kathmandu in Nepal. This is one of the most visiting museum in Nepal. It is located in capital city of Kathmandu valley.

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Bhaktapur Museum, Nepal

Bhaktapur is a world famous historic and cultural site. Therefore, the efforts are made to develop this city as a city of sculptures. It also has a significant museum. There is also the National Art Gallery. It is located in the old Malla Palace of 55 Windows in the Durbar Square. There is a significant collection of pauvas, scroll paintings which are known all over the world. There are many bronze, brass and wooden carved images of different deities. There is also a national wood work museum building with peacock windows. Besides, the sculptures of Ganesh, Lakshmi, Kuber, Bhairab and Kumar have adorned the museum. Similarly, the bronze and brass museum which houses countless collection of domestic and ceremonial metal wares is another attraction of this city. The National Art Gallery is housed in the old Malla Palace of 55 Windows in the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The museum has a rich collection of scroll paintings and bronze, brass, stone, and wooden images. There is also an illustrated book on houses. There is the national wood-working museum in the JDattatreya Square, Bhaktapur. It was restored in thel5thcentury. The Pujari Math building was built by Yaksha Malla. The Pujari Math is a museum in itself, with the finest Newar wood carvings. It also includes the famous peacock windows. Mural paintings of Dattatreya, Vishnu and Shiva-Parvati deities adorn the building.

These marvellous museums are priceless possessions of the country and they have contributed a lot to the development of cultural tourism. They play significant roles in all round development of the country in general and in the field of cultural tourism in particular. Tourists come to see this rich and renowned cultural heritage which is the pride of the country.. This is the centre of attraction for the visiting tourists. This is the source of inspiration for cultural critics as well as cultural enthusiasts. We must have pride on these priceless possessions.

There is a unique museum-gallery of ethnology. It represents the whole country in short. It was inaugurated on the occasion of King Birendra’s coronation ceremony. It was named the Ethnological Gallery of Nepalese Society. It is the first of its kind. It is interesting as well as educative. Here, one can find a number of life size models of men, women and children. Now the Nepal Tourism Board also has this kind of museum in its office building at Bhrikuti Mandap Complex. This museum represents principal ethnic and professional groups which constitute the whole nation in one. There are the Brahmans, Chhetris, Tharus, Limbus, Magaras, Sherpas, Sataras, Tamangs, Gurungs, Dhimals, Jyapoos, Dammais, Majhs, Rais and several other, ethnic groups in one place. This attempt is highly appreciable for giving a glimpse of all the indigenous people but it lacks the indigenous people of Madhesh which is deplorable.

There is also a chemical conservation laboratory where restoration works are carried out. A reference library is also established for various research purposes. In the winter it is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in other months10 am to 5 pm. This museum is closed on Tuesdays.

P. K. Dwivedi has rightly pointed out the role of the museum in the development of culture in the following lines:

The museums, too, should make authentic representation of dances, dramas, music and other cultural items on such occasions. A still more effective work can be done in this regard through radio, cinemas, slides, posters and through participation in national and international conference.

Most of museums in Nepal are dedicated to arts, crafts, sculptures and images of different gods and goddess. They reflect the history and the culture of the country which is steeped in stupas, temples and architecture. These museums are the priceless possession and the major attractions in Kathmandu Valley.

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Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a Writer of 12 Nepali Books, Director of Maithili films, Founder of Radio Stations, Designer of Websites and Editor of Some Nepali Blogs.

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