Patan Museum, Patan (Lalitpur)

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Visit Patan Museum to observe the traditional sacred art of Nepal in a prominent architectural setting. Once a Buddhist monastery dating from 1734, the building rests on even older foundations that may go all the way back to the Licchavi Period (3rd to 9th century). To fight building decay, some parts were reconstructed to their original appearance, while some were adapted to the needs of the museum, thanks to joint efforts of the governments of Nepal and Austria. Inspect the exhibited rare objects of Nepal's cultural history, as well as the unique local handicrafts. If you want to rest, visit the museum cafe in the inner courtyard and taste a mix of traditional and Western delicacies. Make Patan Museum part of your personalized Patan (Lalitpur) itinerary using our Patan (Lalitpur) attractions planner.
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  • Whilst in Lalitpur, Patan durbar square should be on your short list. We had a great guide Ammar Raj Guni for Patan city tour, got great experience walking through one spot to another. My suggestion -...  more »
  • This museum highlights the royal treasures of the Patan Kingdom, who ruled Nepal once upon a time. Apart from that, it also showcases the culture and history of Nepal.  more »
  • We were in Kathmandu on our way bk from Kumbhu valley and wanted to visit this place after the good reviews posted in Tripadvisor. What catches the eye is the aestetics of the museum (destroyed a bit ...  more »
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  • A relaxed atmosphere. Great place to learn about Nepali artisnary., Buhdism and marval at great figurines. Plus the cafe is a great place to unwind. An oasis in the middle of the madding crowd.
  • Interesting, especially the architecture wing. The building and the small doorways with large steps to enter are noteworthy, so be sure to duck as you travel between rooms. Another highlight was the dirt floor upper levels of the old palace. You might want to bring another pair of socks that you can walk in on these floors.
  • Historic palace turned into museum. Amazing Newari architecture. As soon as you enter, you will feel like you have stepped into another era. Its also a quiet getaway from the noise and crowd around the durbar square. You can enjoy sitting near one of the lovely carved windows within the musuem and watch the hustle outside or sit with coffee in courtyard cafe and enjoy your book.
  • Great place for the people in love with spiritual history. Ancient palace preserved as museum stuffed with all the handicrafts from earlier malla kings. Wood and metal works inside the museum are the markings of knowledge of the past and art of story telling through the art. Not only the museum the whole ancient square is full of different temples built in different era with different designs.
  • This museum is now (January 2018) open partially and the artifacts are on display. There are number of artifacts which are almost a thousand years old and related to Buddhist religious beliefs. Each relic has a description against it and has an identification. Very nicely kept, though the total number of articles are not many. The wood carvings are the other attraction. One can spend an afternoon here and will be leaving with lot of satisfaction and enhanced knowledge.
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