Introducing Tibet Museum
The Tibet Museum of the Department of Information and International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration, was established in 1998 with the purpose to document, preserve, research, exhibit and educate Tibetans and non-Tibetans on all matters related to Tibet’s history, culture and present situation. It is the first large, modern museum in the Tibet. The Tibet Museum being located in the Main Temple complex in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, is visited by thousands of foreigners, Tibetans and Indians every year. The museum’s beautiful building, location and the wealth of knowledge makes it a must-see for anyone living in or visiting Dharamsala.
Tibet Museum Fast Facts
• Chinese Name: Xi Zang Bo Wu Guan 西藏博物馆
• Best Time to Visit: All year around
• Recommended Visiting Hours: About 1 to 2 hours
• Things to Do: Photography, Tibetan Culture and History
• Opening Hours: 09:00-12:00; 14:30-17:30 (Closed on Mondays)
• Entrance Fee: Free
• Address: No. 2 Minzu South Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet
What to expect at Tibet Museum
The Tibet Museum is more than a space for exhibitions, installations and lectures. Tibet Museum also provides a platform for educational activities relating to Tibetan history–through in-house activities and special events, traveling museum kits, catalogs, and various other publications. The missions of the Tibet Museum is to inform about the Chinese occupation of Tibet, to provide personal accounts of lives lost in Tibet since the occupation and to inform on the continuous and ongoing abuses carried out by the Chinese government against the Tibetan people. Tibet Museum also aims to educate the exile Tibetan community on the values of democracy, human rights, environment protection, freedom struggle, as well as to strengthen the Tibetan spirit and collective pride through presentations on Tibet’s rich history and culture.
The museum building fuses together traditional Tibetan architecture with the modern. It is a grey brick building with dark brown and white roof furnishings with a golden orange gilded roof. The museum houses a collection of more than 520,000 artifacts, including pottery, jade, and Buddha statues. It has a collection of around 1,000 artifacts permanently on display related to the cultural history of Tibet, from examples of Tibetan art to architectural design throughout history such as Tibetan doors and beams.
How to get to Tibet Museum
• Take bus 2, 8, 13, 24 or L2 to Bowuguan Station.
• Rent a car/bus from GGC to enjoy a hassle free private transfer from hotels in Lhasa to Tibet Museum.
Additional travel advice on Tibet Museum
• Please keep quiet in the museum.
• Norbulingka in the opposite of Tibet Museum is a great place to visit.