This is the biggest museum in Myanmar which was built in 1952.
The main feature of this museum is “Lion Throne” located in the 1st floor. This is one the eight thrones that were made for the King to rest within Mandalay Palace and it is one of the two thrones that were taken by the British army during Mandalay War.
The rest of thrones were destroyed by the fire; however this throne survived the tragedy being located in England at that time. This memorable Lion Throne has been returned to the country from England in 1948.
The 8.1 meter throne coated with lacquer and gold is symbolic item to express the tragedy of the Great Dynasty.
There are many interesting exhibitions and gallery in each floor such as the exhibition of miniature Buddhist temples and sculptures during Bagan Dynasty in the second floor, traditional music instruments and crafts in the third floor, paints gallery in fourth floor, and the tribal culture gallery in the fifth floor. It is a whole day trip to visit the Museum.
Admission: 5000 Kyat
Open Hours: 09:30 - 16:30 (last entrance at 16:00)
How to get to: Approximately 1500 Kyat by taxi from downtown
Note: No pictures, video tape or any kind of taping devices allowed including cell phones or iPad. These items must to be placed in the locker by the entrance hall.