About the National Art Museum / Gallery

Built within a section of the old Royal Palace in Bhaktapur's Durbar Square, the National Art Museum is considered one of the finest galleries and museums in Nepal.

National Art Gallery in Bhaktapur
National Art Museum in Bhaktapur

The museum's main attraction is its collection of ancient Thangka paintings from the monarchy era, along with 14th-century chronicles, manuscripts, stone carvings, and woodwork.

If you have an interest in museums or art galleries, the National Art Gallery in Bhaktapur is a must-visit. Another notable museum is located in Panauti. You can easily recognize the museum in Bhaktapur by the two stone lions guarding the entrance, with statues of Hanuman and Vishnu placed beside them.

When visiting the National Art Gallery, it is recommended to bring a torch as the gallery tends to be dimly lit.

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Save your ticket! It also grants you access to the woodwork museum and brasswork museum in Bhaktapur's Dattatreya Square.


Inside the National Art Museum

The National Art Museum houses a remarkable collection of paintings, tapestries, and murals. The highlight of the museum is its collection of Thangkas, which depict various Buddhist observations throughout the years.

You will find the god Bhairab prominently featured throughout the museum, along with several erotic images and carvings. If you are visiting with children, it's advisable to keep this in mind.

The second floor of the museum is dedicated to manuscripts and paintings from the royal lineage. The space may feel a bit cramped, but there are beautiful old wooden windows overlooking inner-courtyard gardens. The museum's exterior was scheduled for renovation in late 2020, but it has not affected the building's opening hours.

Entrance Fee

The National Art Museum has a separate entrance fee and is not covered by the main entrance fee for Bhaktapur. The ticket for the National Art Gallery costs 150 rupees and provides access to the woodwork museum and metalwork museum in Dattatreya Square.

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