National Museum
National Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This former fortress was turned into a museum in 1968.
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  • Ron S
    New York City, New York5,712 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    National Museum of Bhutan
    The museum is located in the refurbished old watchtower which is in interesting edifice to see. The exhibit is mediocre though. If you're pressed for time skip it in favor of the Royal Heritage Museum in Trongsa if you travel that far.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 October 2023
  • Peter R
    Dartford, United Kingdom1,283 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Interesting but poorly laid out museum
    The museum is sited in an old fortress, as such the layout of the museum exhibits is not the best. Some are in glass cases along narrow corridors while others are set around the walls of a large room. The route also follows an up and down route and in some areas the ceilings are quite low. Worth a visit but no need to spend more that 45 minutes looking around. Outside there are magnificent views of the valley and mountains. There is also a second display in another building of Bhutan geology, geography and wildlife again worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 October 2023
  • Suresh Kumar
    Bengaluru, India2,816 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    CONCH SHAPED IMPRESSIVE MUSEUM
    There are 2 reasons to visit this magnificent museum. One as a watch tower constructed in 1651. Two as a reopened museum in 2020. The design and setting is simply elegant and mindboggling. From here savour the bird’s eye Paro valley view. There are so many splendid collections listed below and about 3000 artefacts denoting the time period from stone age to modern times, a true reflection of Bhutanese cultural heritage of over 1500 years :-  Copperware  Bronze  Textiles  Paintings  Carvings  Weapons  Ornaments Walk down a path to town from the museum, for a simply exhilarating experience ! Happy to spend time here in the cool September weather and appreciate the government’s role of preserving & promoting the cultural values of the kingdom. BTW, the wall of this structure is a massive 2.5 meters !
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Tonci
    Croatia45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An extremely interesting museum collection and a beautiful historical building
    At the entrance to the museum, all the visitors must leave all their belongings in the lockers. We asked the security guard at the entrance if we could at least take our passports and money with us, but he refused. This was not nice, because the area with the lockers was not under the video surveillance. However, we cheered up as soon as we entered the museum. The museum is located in the oldest building in Paro, which originally served as a watchtower. This is a round building with 5 floors. The museum collection is really interesting. In the first part of the collection there are the objects from archaeological sites. Then comes the collection of old religious paintings, tapestries, statues, ceremonial objects etc. We were very impressed by the collection of the various folk costumes. At the end, we saw various household items that were once used. A really beautiful museum! We understand that nobody is allowed to take pictures, but they should make a book with photos of the museum exhibits to sell to the visitors. This museum deserves the highest evaluation, but the management of the museum does not.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 March 2024
  • Combit
    New Delhi, India476 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reach early as the place closes by 4 pm
    Truly an architectural marvel. A circular building comprising of 7 floors constructed in the 17th century orignally as a watch tower to kepp a look out for invading tribes from Tibet. Been converted into a musuem in the 60s with many artefacts and items pertaining to the various Kings and rulers of Bhutan. It is located about 30 mins from main Paro town.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 May 2024
  • DESTINATION D
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another experiential journey to the Land of the Thunderdragon
    This is not our first trip to Bhutan but each time we go, we see small changes or things we may have missed the first time. The people at Enticing Bhutan have excellent guides who are very passionate about their Kingdom as is evident in the gentleness of the people we met. The driver we had was nothing short of amazing in the way we negotiated the twisty roads into the mountains.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 21 June 2024
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DESTINATION D
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
This is not our first trip to Bhutan but each time we go, we see small changes or things we may have missed the first time. The people at Enticing Bhutan have excellent guides who are very passionate about their Kingdom as is evident in the gentleness of the people we met. The driver we had was nothing short of amazing in the way we negotiated the twisty roads into the mountains.
Written 22 June 2024
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Local Guide
Thimphu, Bhutan18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Best museum in the world. Architecture of the building is amazing! It is really an educational center for people without having to attend class.
Staffs need to learn. Staffs looks bit rude! Everybody should visit this place.
Written 5 June 2024
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Combit
New Delhi, India476 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Truly an architectural marvel. A circular building comprising of 7 floors constructed in the 17th century orignally as a watch tower to kepp a look out for invading tribes from Tibet. Been converted into a musuem in the 60s with many artefacts and items pertaining to the various Kings and rulers of Bhutan. It is located about 30 mins from main Paro town.
Written 28 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tonci
Croatia45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
At the entrance to the museum, all the visitors must leave all their belongings in the lockers. We asked the security guard at the entrance if we could at least take our passports and money with us, but he refused. This was not nice, because the area with the lockers was not under the video surveillance.
However, we cheered up as soon as we entered the museum. The museum is located in the oldest building in Paro, which originally served as a watchtower. This is a round building with 5 floors.
The museum collection is really interesting. In the first part of the collection there are the objects from archaeological sites. Then comes the collection of old religious paintings, tapestries, statues, ceremonial objects etc. We were very impressed by the collection of the various folk costumes. At the end, we saw various household items that were once used.
A really beautiful museum! We understand that nobody is allowed to take pictures, but they should make a book with photos of the museum exhibits to sell to the visitors.
This museum deserves the highest evaluation, but the management of the museum does not.
Written 20 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Suresh Kumar
Bengaluru, India2,816 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
There are 2 reasons to visit this magnificent museum. One as a watch tower constructed in 1651. Two as a reopened museum in 2020.
The design and setting is simply elegant and mindboggling. From here savour the bird’s eye Paro valley view. There are so many splendid collections listed below and about 3000 artefacts denoting the time period from stone age to modern times, a true reflection of Bhutanese cultural heritage of over 1500 years :-
 Copperware
 Bronze
 Textiles
 Paintings
 Carvings
 Weapons
 Ornaments
Walk down a path to town from the museum, for a simply exhilarating experience !
Happy to spend time here in the cool September weather and appreciate the government’s role of preserving & promoting the cultural values of the kingdom. BTW, the wall of this structure is a massive 2.5 meters !
Written 31 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Peter R
Dartford, UK1,283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The museum is sited in an old fortress, as such the layout of the museum exhibits is not the best. Some are in glass cases along narrow corridors while others are set around the walls of a large room. The route also follows an up and down route and in some areas the ceilings are quite low. Worth a visit but no need to spend more that 45 minutes looking around. Outside there are magnificent views of the valley and mountains. There is also a second display in another building of Bhutan geology, geography and wildlife again worth a visit.
Written 30 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ron S
New York City, NY5,712 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The museum is located in the refurbished old watchtower which is in interesting edifice to see. The exhibit is mediocre though. If you're pressed for time skip it in favor of the Royal Heritage Museum in Trongsa if you travel that far.
Written 4 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Patricia N
Saratoga Springs, NY74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This museum is a great way to start the exploration of Bhutan. You will get an overview of its history and traditions. Totally worthwhile.
Written 23 September 2023
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suzntk
Chandler, AZ36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Very nicely laid out, lots of interesting artifacts and artwork...my favorite was the clothing that the early peoples wore
Written 18 June 2023
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Jeff T
Doha, Qatar520 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
They have a limited but interesting collection of artifacts, documents, textiles and other objects. This is a fortress repurposed to a museum so the rooms and layout are not ideal compared to something purpose designed. I'm tall and had a few spots where headroom was a concern. Not impossible but be prepared to duck through a few sections. The access is also not consistently easy and a level of balance, fitness and surefootedness will keep you confident.
Well worth a stop for the building itself, the contents of the collection and views of the valley below.
Written 2 May 2023
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