The Bagan Archaeological Museum is located in north of Bagan, in the Old Bagan region. A museum was built in the northern part of Bagan, by U Sein Kho, who was the stone tablets specialist from the Myanmar stones tablets department. He collected the ancient stone tablets that were found around Bagan and displayed these in the museum. That museum was opened to public in 1904.
Explore the Richness of Bagan History at Bagan Archaeological Museum
1. The Ground Floor
In this area, there is a fully decorated and air-con hall large enough to hold international conference, symposium, seminar or meeting. On this floor are the display room for objects of visual arts of the Bagan Period such as terra cotta, stucco works, wood carvings, stone sculptures, metal works, lacquer works, etc., the showroom exhibiting models of 55 different coiffeurs used by fashionable court ladies of the Bagan Period, the display room in which originals, replicas and ink copies of Bagan stone inscriptions and other forms of epigraphy, the gallery where paintings by famous Myanmar artists of to-day depicting the social life and military might of ancient Bagan, as well as copies of frescoes on walls and ceilings of ancient temples, and the display room in which models of Bagan monuments of architectural and artistic wonder. In short, there are six display rooms on the ground floor arranged as follows: Principle chamber or special display room, Show room of Bagan period arts and crafts, Show room of Bagan period architecture, Show room of Bagan period social life, Show room of Bagan period literature, Show room of Bagan period Palace City.
2. The First Floor
It consists of (1) Ancient Pagoda's portraits, (2) Ancient wall paintings (3) Buddha's artistically designs, (4) Buddha's images. Going up to the second floor by grand marble floored stairways, we reach the display rooms on religious themes. Here we find that exhibits are Buddha statues and images of various makes, postures, and styles providing us some knowledge of Buddhist iconography. In the room of Buddhist Art are displayed objects of all visual Buddhist arts. Viewers of these objects may well appreciate the depth and extent of Buddhist influence upon Myanmar culture. Here on the second floor is another art gallery, but it specialises in religious themes. Paintings by artists of to-day and murals by master painters of Bagan's time on display in the gallery all represent Bagan pagodas and monuments or depict Buddhist stories - jatakas.
3. The Top Floor
Next above the second floor is the flat roof of the whole building from where pilgrims, visitors and tourists can enjoy a panoramic view of the entire 'pagoda land' of Bagan and patiently wait for the right moment to watch the 'large orange coloured globe' gradually sinking behind the Tantkyi Taung hill range on the west bank of the mighty Ayeyawaddy River.
How to Get Tickets?
The Bagan Archaeological Museum Tickets & Passes for foreigner are 5000 MMK and valid for few days ahead. So you can return there with the same ticket on another day. Usually, you can buy the tickets and passes on the spot. However, the government began collecting entrance fees to the ancient Bagan heritage zone using an e-ticket system starting in 2017.
How To Get Around?
To have Bagan Archaeological Museum Tour is best to go by foot because you will experience big areas of the museum to see historical items and take a look closer on it.
What Should I Wear?
To have Bagan Archaeological Museum Tour, there is no fixed dress code that you need to follow. Just wear something comfortable yet modest . Also, put on a comfortable shoes or any footwear so that you can walk around the Museum in comfort.
Best Time to Visit
The museum is closed on Mondays and holidays, be sure to check the dates before you travel. Bagan Archaeological Museum's Opening Hour is at 09:00 am - 04:30 pm. Best time to visit Bagan Archaeological Museum (preferred time): 10:00 am - 02:00 pm.
Will I Need a Guide?
A lot of items have no descriptive information and many have information that is impossible to read from the distance (audience view). So, if you are really interested in the history, it is better for you to hire a local guide to understand more about the mueum's collections.
How To Get There?
Bagan Archeological Museum is 9.8 km from the Nyaung U Airport. Visitors in the central of Bagan can reach the museum by e-bike or bicycle which can be hired from many shops and tourist agents.
No photography and phones are allowed inside the museum. You must leave any belongings with you in the lockers. Be sure to check your bag upon entering in lockers outside the entrance.