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Bangladesh National Museum which is located in the southern part of Dhaka city is basically a museum of everything. The museum was first established in November 17, 1983. This museum is one of the largest museum in South Asia. Inside the museum, there are many collections that consists of stones, metals, wooden sculptures, silver and copper coins, and many more. One of the most unique thing inside Bangladesh National Museum is that it has the largest collection of arms and armors from Indian subcontinent. Take the tour inside Bangladesh National Museum and discover how historical things can blow your mind.
A Tour in Bangladesh National Museum
When you first come to Bangladesh National Museum, you will reach your first room in the first floor. The first floor consists of 22 rooms. The first room display the large map of Bangladesh and its 64 districts. Next, you will move to the second room where a statue of Bengal tiger on work. The next seven room are basically display the natural beauties of Bangladesh, like the tounge of a whale which is being shown in one of the room. The 10th until 22nd room are displaying some historic artefacts of Bengal up to 1900. There is also a room which display many boats that were used by the rural people.
The highlight of the second floor are its collection from Bangladesh Liberation War and the Language Movement in 1952. Languange Movement was a political movement in Bangladesh which the mission is to make the Bengali language as an official language and it should be use in the government. There are plenty of things that you can see inside your tour in the second floor of Bangladesh National Museum such as posters and torture machines.
Going up to the third floor, you might only first seen the pictures of international politicians, artists, and famous pictures of many important people originally from Bangladesh. However, the third floor is also the home of four international galleries which consists of Chinese, Korean, Iranian, and Swiss. Take the tour inside the third floor and see how the artefacts can be distinguished by where it came from. There are also 100 Renowned Things that you might want to see. Inside, there are some things that are the most famous collection of Bangladesh National Museum. Some of the collections inside The 100 Renowned Things are ivory elephant, part of terracota plaque, umbrella, and mounted royal bengal tiger.
How to Get Tickets?
If you are planning to visit Bangladesh National Museum you can buy the ticket directly from the ticket booth there. The tickets are cost 20 TK for Bangladeshi citizen. For children from the age of 3 to 12 years old, the tickets will charge 10 TK. For the foreigners from SAARC countries, you will be charged 20 TK and 100 TK for foreigners from outside if the SAARC countries.
How To Get Around?
To get around Bangladesh National Museum, it is best to go by foot since you will be going around the complex and you might want to stop for a bit to take some pictures.
What Should I Wear?
If you are planning to visit Bangladesh National Musuem, there is no dress code that you need to follow. However, as Lalbagh Fort is located in Bangladesh where the citizens are mostly Muslim, it is best to wear something conservative or wear something that cover your arms and knees. It is also recommended to bring scarf for women just in case you need to cover your hair in some holy places. Also, wear a comfortbale pair of shoes so that you can roam around the Museum easily.
Best Time to Visit
Bangladesh National Museum is open from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm every Saturday to Wednesday and from 3 pm to 8 pm on Friday. It is good to visit the museum on the time when the weather is good and not too hot. Dhaka has its best weather in between January and May. Around that months, the air is fresh and the humidity is also high. So it is best to visit Bangladesh National Museum in that months and visit after noon so that the sun will not shining too brightly.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, it is very easy to go around Bangladesh National Museum and you can also find signs in English there.
How To Get There?
Bangladesh National Museum is located in the southern part of Dhaka city. It is recommended to go there by taxi or car. The tour to Bangladesh National Museum from Dhaka will took around forty minutes of driving via Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue. If you are going to the musuem from some nearby places, you can also ride a rickshaw. However, be careful with the prices that the driver offered to you. Also, prepare money for the parking fees.
Bangladesh National Museum is located in Bangladesh where predominantly the citizens are Muslim. If you are planning to visit the fort, never go there after 4 pm on Ramadhan because the museum is only open until 4 pm in Ramadhan month. Also, in this museum you are not allowed to take pictures of the collections. However, touring around the museum will have you occupied for half of the day, so don't worry of getting bored inside the museum.