Ta Dzong serves as the national museum of the country. National Museum of Bhutan is a cultural museum in the town of Paro in western Bhutan. It was established in 1968, in the renovated ancient Ta Dzong building, above Rinpung Dzong under the command of His Majesty, the King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third hereditary Monarch of Bhutan.
It is located above River Mangde. It is a conch shaped fortress which was built under the Government of 2nd Desi, Ngoenpa Tenzin Dugda, to protect the Rinpung Dzong from the unceasing assaults from Tibet and India. The round structure was built with just stone and wood without the aid of any nail. There is an underground passage here which is believed to connect the tower with Pa Chuu River and was used to supply water in tower during the wars.
It holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps. The museum's circular shape augments its varied collections displayed over several floors.
The necessary infrastructure was created to house some of the finest specimens of Bhutanese art, including masterpieces of bronze statues and paintings. Suitable galleries were constructed to house the extensive collections. Works of art were elegantly displayed on scientific lines. It holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps. The museum's circular shape augments its varied collections displayed over several floors.
Today the National Museum has in its possession over 3,000 works of Bhutanese art, covering more than 1,500 years of Bhutan's cultural heritage. Its rich holdings of various creative traditions and disciplines represent a remarkable blend of the past with the present and are a major attraction for local and foreign visitors.
It is open from 9 am to 4pm every day except Mondays and some national holidays, a visit takes a good hour. On Sundays, it opens only at 11 am.