Trongsa Museum Visiting Rules

Trongsa Museum, also called the Museum of Monarchy in the Tower of Trongsa, Trongsa Ta-dzong, holds in trust for the nation, a collection of art and antiquities from ancient and living Bhutanese cultures. Housed in one of Bhutan’s architectural landmarks (Ta-dzong), the collection is one of the finest in existence, spanning centuries of human history on the kingdom.

The management reserve the right to refuse admission to the Museum or parts of the Museum to any person, or to require a person already admitted to leave the Museum, if his or her conduct or presence is considered by a responsible officer of the Museum to be causing or liable to cause annoyance to the public, or to endanger or be liable to endanger the exhibits, the fabric of the building, or to be otherwise undesirable.

Group leaders of private parties may be required to divide their parties into groups (of 17 people each) as the media room accommodates a maximum of 17 visitors. Groups of more than 17 are asked to book with the Museum Management for alternative arrangement.

Opening Hours

  • Open from Monday – Saturday.
  • Summer (April 1- October 31) from 0900 to 1700 hrs (Last admission 1630 hrs).
  • Winter (November 1-March 31) from 0900 to 1600 hrs (Last admission 1530 hrs).
  • The Museum is closed during government holidays and Sundays.

The management reserves the right to close all or part of the Museum at any time without prior notice in the interests of security or for other reasons. If it is necessary to close the Museum temporarily, visitors may be presented from leaving whilst the museum is closed.

The management reserves right to refuse to allow any bag, case, parcel etc to be brought into the Museum, or to require the person in charge of any bag, case, parcel etc to submit it for inspection either before it is, or after it has been, brought into the Museum.

No bag, case, parcel etc may be left unattended anywhere in the Museum. The management reserves the right to deal with any unattended object in such manners as seems to them best, and will accept no liability for damage which may be caused in consequence.

Visitors may deposit hats, coats, umbrellas and small hand luggage in the Museum cloakrooms at the main entrance. No valuables may be deposited in the cloakroom. The management will accept no responsibility for any loss or damage sustained by items deposited in the Museum cloakrooms, other than loss or damage caused by the negligence of the management or their employees.

Private Objects
Visitors bringing privately owned objects into the Museum for examination should obtain a proper pass, identifying the objects as private property, from the information desk of the Museum.

The issue of this pass is no way asserts or confirms that the objects as described is a genuine article and it may not be taken as an indication that it is valuable either intrinsically or financially.

Visitors may not touch the objects on display unless specifically authorized to do so by the Curator of the Department concerned, or via an authorized touch tour or event.

Photography or Videography are not permitted in all of the 11 different Museum galleries. Photography is permitted elsewhere.

Sketching with pencil or crayon is permitted in the exhibition galleries. The use of Indian ink is prohibited. Other wet materials (water colours, oils, pen and ink other Indian ink), modeling clay etc may only be used if permission is obtained in advance in writing from the Chief Curator of the Department.

Public Events
The Museum charges nominal fees for the public events held in the Museum. Large parties may be refused admission to lectures, unless prior arrangements have been made with the Museum management.

Disabled Visitors
The Museum doesn’t have facilities to accommodate the following audiences:

  • Visitors with limited mobility or a mobility aid.
  • Visitors who are blind or partially blind.
  • Visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Seniors of 70 and above age.

Other Rules

  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in all public areas within the Museum building, including the Restaurant and Café and its premises.
  • Food and drink: The consumption of food and drink by visitors is prohibited within the Museum building, except in the Restaurant and café. Large parties (more than 35 people) may make prior arrangements with the manager of the Restaurant and café in the Tower. Visitors are required to deposit any waste in the waste bins. Visitors bringing their own food or drink may consume these outside, in the garden or in the Restaurant and Cafe. Families may use the appropriate space in the garden. For safety reasons visitors are asked to refrain from sitting on the steps in the galleries.
  • Animals: No dog or other live creatures may be brought into the Museum.
  • Electronics: The audible playing of Radios, Tape-recorders, musical instruments etc within the Museum building, on the colonnade, or within the forecourt is prohibited. Visitors may not use laser pointers within the Museum. The mobile phones are only permitted on the restaurant, café and shop areas.

Security guards in uniform and other employees of the Museum of Monarchy who can identify themselves as such are authorized by the management to require compliance with these regulations.

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