National Museum of Yangon was first established since 1952 and moved to the current location in 1996. Visiting the the Museum in Yangon, will leave you mixed feelings.
The National Museum of Yangon underwent tremendous renovation 2 years ago (2015), where all the artefacts were recategorised and now been displayed in somewhat “international standard.” However, the museum is still under appreciated and not well maintained. Much of the exhibitions suffer from poor lighting and somewhat haphazard displays.
The history of the main ethnic group, Burmese is the main emphasis of the museum with the lack of dedication to other ethic races’ rich history. (eg Rakhine Kingdom history.)
With much to improve on, National Museum is still worth a visit while you are in Myanmar. It still holds the largest collections of ancient artifacts, works of art, inscriptions, related to history, culture and civilization of the Burmese people and one can only leave in awe.
Here are a few of our favourite highlights
Golden Letter From Alaungphaya to King George II
“The Golden Letter” was sent by King Alaungphaya of Myanmar to George II, King of Britain in 1756. The original is kept at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library in Hanover, Germany.
Lion Throne Room
The largest and the main exhibit of the whole Museum is the Lion Throne. It is the throne used by kings of Yadanabon Empire (The last Myanmar Empire.) It was taken to Kolkata and only returned after Myanmar Independence in 1948. It is the last remaining throne as others were destroyed during WWII.
This exhibit displayed the ceremonial costumes and royal furnitures of the Last Myanmar Empire.
Royal Regalia Showroom
The royal regalias, which are mainly made of gold can be seen displayed across the gala. Some of which are the genuine articles while some of which are replicas.
Myanmar Civilization Showroom
Gradual evolution of different myanmar kingdoms, from 10th Century to Konbaung Era can be studied in this showroom.
Natural History Showroom
Richness in history especially during the pre-recorded times can be seen here. It has fossils from 40 million years ago to 2nd BC area artefact. You will also find a gift from United States to Myanmar, a piece of moon rock from their Apollo mission.
Preforming Arts Showroom
Musical instruments of different ethnic tribes and the complete set of Myanmar Marionettes are displayed.
Myanmar Ancient Ornaments Showroom
Who would have thought Myanmar people also adored gold as gold as 1st century AD? Gold pendants, necklaces and different types jewellery dug up from archaeological sites are shown here.
National Races Showroom
Myanmar has 135 different ethnicities and each ethnicities’ traditional costume, musical instruments and cultural artefacts and displayed. It is a great place to “see” all races in the same place.
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