Folk Heritage Museum of Thimphu

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Timings : Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Entry Fee : BTN 150

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Folk Heritage Museum, Thimphu Overview

Giving an insight into the culture of Bhutan under one roof, Folk Heritage Museum preserves and flaunts the folk tradition of the country. Set up in 2001, the museum is set up inside a three-storeyed house, having the soberest facade, which makes the place even more distinguished. Bhutanese cuisine, important trees, farming tools, household objects and whatnot! This impressive museum displays it all.

The oldest historical place in Bhutan, the National Folk Heritage Museum houses the finest and most intricate details of Bhutanese culture within its walls. Giving information about the rural life of Bhutan to tourists, the entire setup has been made such that the tourists can actually feel as if they are a part of this rich culture.

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The Folk Heritage Museum, set in a typical three-storied Bhutanese house (Source)

From traditional plants and animals to traditional hot stone baths, everything has been preserved in the best manner possible. Tables, Benches, wooden floor, traditional utensils and every other Bhutanese goods can be found here.
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Traditional Stone Bath at the Folk Heritage Museum (Source)

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Architecture of the National Folk Heritage Museum

The house in which museum has been set up is constructed in a traditional Bhutanese way. The three storied building is made up of rammed earth and timber. There is a traditional water mill that has been preserved for years and kept on a display for visitors to see. The kitchen garden, wheat and paddy fields add more authenticity to this place. The courtyard of the house is spacious and closed.
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A Traditional Bhutanese Household Scene Portrayed at the Folk Heritage Museum (Source)
The ground floor is where the cattle are given shelter during harsh winter months. It is also where the farming equipment and grains are stored. Fodder for cattle, medicines etc. are also kept in one of the rooms on the ground floor only.

The second floor is used as a storehouse for grains, food items etc. On each separate level, there is something new and something different to see.
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Tips for Visiting the Folk Heritage Museum

  • Photography or videography is not allowed inside the museum.
  • The traditional artefacts have been preserved for a very long time and it is advisable not to touch them.
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How To Reach Folk Heritage Museum of Thimphu

Being a very popular site in the city, a cab can be hired from any part of the city to reach the Folk Heritage Museum.

Two very important tourist attractions in Thimphu, Bhutan Post Office Headquarters and Clock Tower Square, are located at a walking distance from Folk Heritage Museum. A visit to the museum can be made after having a tour of these places.

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