Mr. Jayaram Shrestha

Museum Chief

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MR. Subash Krishna Dangol

Information Officer

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Established in 1928 as an arsenal museum, The National Museum of Nepal is situated on the way to the Swayanbhunath hill. The museum is housed in a historical building built by General Bhimsen Thapa in early 19th century. The museum was initially named Chhauni Silkhana, literally meaning ‘the stone house of arms and ammunitions’, and is still popular by the name of Chhauni museum.One of the most popular museums in Kathmandu, Chhauni museum has wonderful historical collections and is divided into three main historical collections, each housed in a separate building. These collections let the people/visitors relive the history. The museum was opened for public by the then Prime Minister Juddha Sumsher JBR in the year 1938. Not only Nepalese were allowed to visit inside the museum at very low charge but also a building for an art museum was raised that was named after the founder himself as Juddha Jatiya Kalashala.It was only after 1967 that the museum was named as Rashtriya Sangralaya, the National Museum of Nepal. Before that, the museum was visited occasionally by foreign scholars or dignitaries and invitees or guests of the Rana Prime Minister. The Japanese govern