Bhutan is home to numerous museums that showcase the rich traditions, history, culture and art and folks forms of the Bhutanese people. The museums also showcase the ancient history from over a 1500 years and also the recent history of the Wangchuck dynasty. Bhutan also has rich traditions of herbal and traditional forms of medicine that the museums highlight.
The Museums of Bhutan are mostly state run and funded. Most of the museums are spread between 3 locations: Thimphu, Paro and Trongsa.
|1.||Bhutan Textile Museum||Thimphu
||Specialized museum||2001||Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs||Museum's priced collections are the crowns, namzas (dresses) and other accessories used by members of the kings of the Wangchuck dynasty and other members of the royal family.|
|2||Folk Heritage Museum||Thimphu||Heritage center||2001||Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs||Museum offers visitors a window into the lifestyle of Bhutanese villagers and their households, artifacts and items of daily use. The museum regularly organizes demonstrations of rural traditions, skills, habits and customs, household objects and tools of rural life in Bhutan.|
|3||National Museum of Bhutan||Paro
||Heritage center||1968||Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs|
|4||Institute of Traditional Medicine Museum||Thimphu||Specialized museum||1968||-||The institute collects, researches and dispenses traditional herbal and other non-herbal forms of medicines from many parts of the Bhutanese Himalayan region namely Lingzhi, Laya and Lunana. The institute museum showcases ingredients that include herbs, minerals and animal parts that have healing abilities.|
|5||Ta Dzong Museum||Trongsa||Heritage center||2008||Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs||Museum chronicles the last 100 years of Bhutan and showcases the history of monarchy in Bhutan. Ta Dzong served as a watch tower for centuries and is a five storied building. The museum has total of eleven galleries. One gallery is fully dedicated to Wangchuck dynasty, another showcases the history and significance of Trongsa Chhoetse Dzong. On display are the Namza (dress) and Raven Crown of the First Druk Gyalpo Ugyen Wangchuck. 500-year-old robes of Yongzin Ngagi Wangchuk founder of the Trongsa Dzong in the year 1543 is a prized possession.|