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Patan Museum

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Address: Royal Palace Complex | Durbar Marg, Patan (Lalitpur), Nepal
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10:30 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 17:30

It takes all three floors of the meticulously restored royal palace to...

It takes all three floors of the meticulously restored royal palace to cover thirteen centuries of Nepal’s religious art history; easily Nepal’s leading museum.

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Pricey but worth it for Art and Architectural Treasures

I think the foreign entry price is a bit steep at NRP 1000 per person but it is actually a gorgeous museum. The descriptions of art iconography are illuminating and in depth... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2017
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

I think the foreign entry price is a bit steep at NRP 1000 per person but it is actually a gorgeous museum. The descriptions of art iconography are illuminating and in depth, brought to life by true examples in sculpture or architecture. I found the step by step lost wax casting display wonderful. Currently (Jan 2017) Habitat for Humanity and... More 

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Marseille, France
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

I like to enter this museum; The building is extraordinary, and it has not suffered from the earthquake (or everything is done so that one does not see the cracks ...) magnificent exhibition of superb pieces, illustrating the Buddhist and Indouistic rites ... my favorite is a small statue where two characters illustrate knowledge and compassion ... during your visit,... More 

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Goa, India
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Reviewed 27 December 2016

A very well designed and executed Museum. A walk not just through the past but a glimpse into the present. The Cafe in the backyard is a treasure too.

Thank VaijuKhare
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

This museum excels in explaining the Hindu and Buddhist religions. They combine interesting artefacts with clear explanations. The museum itself is in an excellent condition, especially given the current state of its surrounding buildings. Once you've absorbed all the information you should definitely go to the beautiful garden in the back for a coffee. Please know that admittance to the... More 

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Yavatmal, India
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Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

The Patan Museum located within the Durbar Square houses various little artefacts related to either Buddhism or Hinduism (or in some cases, both). The artwork is lovely and intricate, and the museum is well maintained. The best part is that everything on display is properly labeled with desription. So you don't really need a guide to help you understand the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 17 December 2016

The museum is situated right at Patan Durbar square, in a former royal palace complex. The building was largely spared by the 2015 earthquake, and its beautiful facade gives you an idea of "what was", and perhaps of "what will be" once all the renovations around are completed. To enter the museum, you will walk through a maze of finely... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

This may seem obvious, but only go if you are interested in the subject matter: hinduism, buddhism. The museum is quite small, the museum garden however is a very nice place to have lunch, even though its pretty overpriced and there is no WiFi. Access is free if you buy a ticket to Patan Durbar Square (1000 rupees or 10$).

Thank Ermin K
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

Take at laest half day time for visiting this museum as it is the place to see in the center of Patan, Kathmandu.

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 December 2016

Would highly recommend a visit - very atmospheric, despite the damage all around. Lovely cafe within, attentive staff and varied menu.

Thank SuffolkCarol
Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed 5 December 2016

Very well maintained museum! They provide complete information on each artifact (and they offer some posters too if you wanna bring some "replicas" home). You can spend hours here reading one story to another, when you are tired, you can sit down by the window (with a nice view!). Try the museum's cafe too, nice service and good food!

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