Bagan Archaeological Museum - Asia Travel & Leisure

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Bagan Archaeological Museum

This Museum was first opened on the first October, 1979 and established in 1904. Over the years, many items were added until the small building could no longer properly display them. The building was then renovated, enlarged and opened to the public in 1979. The new museum is a complex of one octagonal main structure. Stone inscriptions are to be set up in three big open sheds and archeological objects are to be displayed in one octagonal main structure.

In early 1995,the three sheds were demolished but the octagonal structure was left intact. A new magnificent new museum was constructed near the old museum and it was inaugurated on 17th April, 1998. The one-story building has now been transformed into a three-story building boasting some of the most significant pieces of cultural history in the country. The ground floor consists of the main hall, Arts and Crafts of Bagan Era, Languages and Literatures, Portraits of the Bagan's society and battle fields and Archaeological Designs. The first floor consists of Ancient Pagoda's portraits, Ancient wall paintings Buddha's artistically designs and Buddha's images.

From the roof area, you are able to see one of the most rewardingviews of Bagan and its prehistoric pagodas.

Note: Photograph is forbidden and all your personal belongings must be locked outside of the museum.

45 minutes to 1 hour is recommended for your visiting time.

Address:Bagan-Nyaung-U Rd., near Ananda Temple, Old Bagan, Bagan

Location: Located on the south of Gawdaw Palin Pagoda. Except On Mondays and gazetted public holidays it is open daily between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Entrance fee: 5,000 Kyat/ person = 5 USD/ person; free for children under 8 years old


It is the only museum in the Bagan Archaeological Zone, itself a field museum a millennium old. Housed in an out-of-place, 19th century style temple, and this government run museum features many fine pieces from Bagan (reclining Buddhas, original images, inscribed stones and mural re-creations). The three-story museum also houses a number of rare Bagan period objects including the original Myazedi inscriptions, the Rosetta stone of Burma.

Other exhibits include stone implements of Prehistoric Ages, bronze tools, fossils, Buddha images of bronze, stone and wood belonging to the period between the A.D 11th and 13th centuries. Pieces of inscribed palm leaves, glazed pots pottery, relic caskets, and wares and different terra cottas are displayed in this Museum.

The weather is extremely hot at noon in this Ancient Land. Bagan Archaeological Museum is a good choice you can go in this time. You can walk around and observe delicate collections in various fields & enjoy the beauty of Bagan in many aspects in a cool room.
Though air-con is not very cold with inadequate lighting, the defects do not outweigh the merits.