Dharamshala is home to a number of monasteries and temples, but a few people know that the place is also famous for museums. From ancient artwork to historic documents, there is a lot that the museums in Dharamshala have to offer. If you are planning a trip and thinking of things to do in Dharamshala, we have shortlisted a few museums in the region, that must be on your itinerary. Take a look.
Located near the 14th Dalai Lama’s temple, the Tibet Museum is a reservoir of various historic documents, research artifacts, and antiques from the Tibetan heritage. Being the official museum of the Central Tibetan Administration Department of Information and Internal Relations, the museum and the artifacts are well maintained. When visiting Dharamshala, be sure to visit the Tibet Museum to learn about Tibetan history and culture.
Kangra Art Museum
Inaugurated in 1990, the Kangra Art Museum exhibits the rich history and culture of the Kangra Valley by showcasing its culture through art forms, weaponry, and other artifacts. The museum is open from 10am to 1:30 pm and then from 2pm to 5pm. The entry fee for Indian nationals is Rs. 10 per person whereas foreigners need to pay Rs. 50 per person. Visit the museum to check out artifacts from the Buddhist and Tibetan cultures.
Naam Art Gallery
Situated 32 kms away from Dharamshala’s main town, the Naam Art Gallery is one of the top places every art lover must-visit when planning a trip to Dharamshala. The gallery was started by Elizabeth Buschman, a famous German artist, and displays her work along with the works of A.W. Hallet. Whether you are a fan of acrylic, watercolor, or oil paintings, the gallery is a must-visit place as it displays exquisite art pieces in every style. The Naam Art Gallery is open from 10am to 7pm and the entry fee is Rs. 10 per person.
Library of Tibetan Works and Archives
Liberty of Tibetan Works and Archives, or LTWA, is one of the most recognized and important libraries of Tibetan works across the world. Founded in June 1970 by the 14th Dalai Lama – Tenzin Gyatso – the library has Buddhist archives and manuscripts related to Tibetan politics, history, culture, and art. Located in Gangchen Kyishong, the library is home to more than 600 statues , 80,000 manuscripts, and 6,000 photos. Visiting hours are between 9am to 5pm.
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