National Museum Description:
The National Museum of Myanmar first opened in 1952 after the country gained independence from British rule after the close of World War II.
Originally housed the in the colonial Jubilee Hall, the growing repository of artifacts and artwork moved three times before finally settling permanently in a modern five-story building just north of downtown Yangon.
The large complex has 14 separate galleries chronicling Myanmar’s culture and history. The cultural wing of displays covers early Burmese script and calligraphy, folk art, ethnic cultures, and modern art. The historical wing documents Myanmar’s natural history and prehistoric periods through the modern era. There are some 5,000 permanent items on exhibition in the museum.
The Royal Regalia and Throne Room Halls are the museum’s crowning glory. King Thibaw Min’s gold plated “Lion Throne” is the center piece of the display that features luxurious beds, golden rugs, palace-like palanquins, and a series of miniature replicas of the thrones of previous rulers. There are numerous priceless artifacts made from gold, silver, ivory, and other rare materials included in the displays.
Best Time to Visit National Museum:
Yangon’s best sightseeing weather falls between November and May during the Myanmar’s driest months. Rainfall between June and October helps lower the high temperatures of the summer months, and resuscitates the country’s verdant forests and plains.
Myanmar’s best weather is between November and May during the dry season. Between June and October rain fall keeps the country cool, and countryside is simply stunning.
How to get to National Museum:
The Myanmar National Museum is the best repository of culture and history the country has to offer. With displays ranging from dinosaur fossils to the thrones of the last kings of Myanmar, there’s a little something for everyone to discover and enjoy inside.
National Museum Highlights:
The Myanmar national Museum is located in the Dagon suburb just north of downtown Yangon. Guests enjoying one of our luxury tours of Myanmar can reach the museum with our private vehicle service.
Western-style clothing choices are fine inside the museum, but if you’re visiting any Buddhist shrines before or after the museum it’s best to dress modestly in clothing that covers shoulders, arms, and knees.