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The National Folk Heritage Museum

Sprawled at 2,334 metres (7,657 feet) above sea level, the National Folk Heritage Museum of Thimpu beckons travelers for a peculiar and enlightening visit. The museum was established to preserve the culture of Bhutan for the future generations.

Inaugurated in 2001 by Her Majesty Queen Ashi Dorji Wangchuk, this museum is housed in a three-story 19th-century building that features several stand-out artefacts like a century-old noodle press, leopard bags, and spider hats.  Demonstrations of local customs and traditions along with skills and habits of yesteryears are depicted to enable the visitors to have a clear picture of the life of the Bhutan forebears. To break the monotony, the museum showcases the life of Bhutanese people on a seasonal basis with everyday activities told in the unique Bhutan way.



The National Heritage Folk Museum is located in Thimphu, Bhutan.


Opening Days and Hours

Opens from 9:00 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday, and from 10:00 to 13:00 during the weekends.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance starts at BTN 25 (USD 0.40).


How to Get There

  • Fly to Bhutan via Druk Air, or Bhutan Airlines.
  • From the airport, take a taxi to Thimphu.
  • At Thimphu, book a tour. Tours often provide transportation.
  • If traveling DIY, you can take the taxi to the National Heritage Museum.


Suggested For

  • Solo travelers/backpackers
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Groups


Time to Spend

Suggested duration in this attraction is 1 hour.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

The best time to visit the National Fork Heritage Museum is between 8:00 and 11:00.



Dining options near the National Folk Heritage Museum include ZaSa, The Zone, Zombala, Ambient Cafe, Seasons Restaurant, and O Cafe.



Nearby Attractions

  • Paro Taktsang
  • Rinpung Dzong
  • Drukgyal Dzong



Options around Thimphu include Kisa, Hotel Migmar, Hotel Phuntsho Pelri, Hotel Admohara, Bhutan Suites, Namgay Heritage Hotel, Hotel Galingkha, and Hotel Riverview. Rates range from USD 70 to USD 250.


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