Tribhuwan Museum at Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square
Tribhuwan Museum, also known as Hanuman Dhoka Museum because of its location, at Kathmandu Durbar Square emphasizes on the life of the Shah Kings. Different wings of the museum highlights the life and history of different kings, however, special emphasis is given to King Tribhuwan, father of the nation. The Tribhuwan Museum was established as a tribute to this noble leader who bravely fought in liberating the nation from the Rana rule and it also subjected to attribute in teaching the new generations about the life history of this heroic leader.
The museum showcases the whole history of the King, his life, his attributes, his victory, his losses and his personal life. Also an amazing collection of his personal items and photographs are kept in display. Not only are his, but the rare photographs of the other kings from the Shah dynasty also exhibited in the museum. There are also many collections of news paper clippings telling the story of the final victory of the king and his supporters over the tyrant Rana dynasty.
The wide and huge rooms hold the collages of photos, newspaper clippings, personal belongings of the kings, medals and certificate of honor, the weapons they used during the hunting campaign, cameras, watches, etc. Also, the collection of books and records written and used by the Kings are in exhibition there, also with the offices the Kings used.
The museum was once a palace where the Kings of Shah dynasty lived before they shifted to Narayanhiti Royal Palace. The courtyard where the famous Kot Parva took place during the period of Jung Bahadur Rana is also housed here. Another courtyard just next to the main entrance of the Hanuman Dhoka Museum is the place where the coronation of former Kings took place. A unit of Nepal Army is also stationed here for the protection and conservation of the palace/museum.
The museum is opened from 10:30 am to 3 pm on everyday except on Tuesdays when it remains closed and from 10:30 to 2 pm on Fridays.