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National Museum of Myanmar, Yangon

National Museum of Myanmar Overview

The National Museum Of Myanmar is located in Dagon, Yangon and is considered as the main museum of Burmese art, history and culture in Myanmar. It was established in 1952 with 5-storey museum which contains the comprehensive collection of ancient artifacts, ornaments, works of art, inscriptions and historic memorabilia, associated with history, culture and civilization of Burmese people.

History

In June 1952, the National Museum of the Union of Burma was first opened at the Jubilee Hall Building at Shwedagon Pagoda Road in Yangon and was relocated to larger location in 24/26 Pansodan Street on 1970. Since 18 September 1996, it is open to the public.

Galleries

The museum collections are exhibited over the below highlighted galleries or halls which are divided into two parts, that is, Burmese Culture and Burmese Historic Periods.

Burmese Culture

On the ground floor, the origin and development of Burmese and other ancient and ethnic scripts are showcased.

In the museum hall, the life of rural Burmese are displayed that covers the social, economic and cultural traditions as well as modes of conveyance.

The Art Hall includes the development of art of the Burmese, from Stone Age cave paintings to 20th century contemporary art. Moreover, the works of famous artists are also exhibited in this museum.

In Performing Arts hall, many musical instruments, traditional Burmese orchestra and marionettes are displayed which used in classical dramas and operas.

Historic Periods

In the hall of National History, million years old fossils are showcased including anthropoid primate, which is found in upper Myanmar of Pondaug region.

There are many things related to ancient history including weapons, ornaments, clay pots etc. are displayed, which are found in the ancient Pyu city of Sriksetra.

This museum displays attractive jewelry objects that were used in ancient kings’ royal ceremonies from different era.

The exhibit hall of Yadanabon Period displays clothing fashions, furniture and many household articles of ancient period.

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