The Tibet Museum was officially inaugurated in October of 1999, with a permanent collection that celebrates the History of Tibetan Culture. The design of the exhibit with traditional Tibetan architecture creates the atmosphere of authentic Tibetan art.
The exhibition hall in the museum is designed in Tibetan architectural style with Tibetan doors, beam-decoration, and patterns, creating an atmosphere of authentic Tibetan art. The museum is a perfect combination of Tibetan culture and modern architectural art.
Upon entering the hall, visitors' attention will immediately be caught by the colorfully ornamented beams, pillars, lintels, banners and wall hangings. Exquisite exhibits reflect the splendid history of Tibet and its abundant natural resources.
The Tibet Museum possesses a rich collection of prehistoric cultural relics including Buddha statues in different postures, imperial jade seals, gold albums, gifts granted by emperors, colorful tangkas, and various printed Sanskrit and Tibetan scriptures.
The exhibition includes displays of Tibetan people's costumes, items of daily life, means of communication and so on. From a variety of perspectives, these show how Tibetan people dressed, what they ate, how they lived, what their marriage and funeral customs are.
Visitors can also see variety of folk art such as unique Tibetan handicrafts, costumes, jewelry, and adornments made of gold, silver, and jade, as well as fine Chinese pottery. Catching a glimpse of the long stretch of Tibetan history, visitors can experience the profoundness of Tibetan culture from these exhibitions.
Location: In the southeast corner of Norbu Lingka, Lhasa city
Transportation: Take bus 86, 98, 106, 109, 201, 203, 204
Take taxi from downtown Lhasa to the museum; about CNY 10 for the taxi fare.
Opening hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (Closed on Monday)
The museum provides audio guide service. It costs CNY 20 to rent a machine.