Top 10 Museums in Bangladesh


Bangladesh’s museums offer a captivating journey through the country’s history, art, and culture. The Bangladesh National Museum in Dhaka stands as a beacon, housing an extensive collection of archaeological artifacts and historical relics from various periods. The Liberation War Museum in the capital commemorates the nation’s independence struggle through poignant exhibits. So,let’s know about Top 10 Museums in Bangladesh.Beyond the capital, museums like Ahsan Manzil and Sonargaon Folk Art and Craft Museum showcase opulent lifestyles and traditional craftsmanship. The Varendra Research Museum in Rajshahi unravels ancient archaeological treasures, while the Mainamati Museum in Comilla reveals the region’s Buddhist heritage.These museums provide valuable insights into Bangladesh’s past, preserving and presenting its cultural diversity and identity. Whether exploring the artistry of indigenous communities at the Ethnological Museum in Chittagong or delving into the life of former President Ziaur Rahman at Shahid Zia Smriti Complex, each museum offers a unique glimpse into the nation’s remarkable past and present.

List of Top 10 Museums in Bangladesh

01. Bangladesh National Museum

Bangladesh National Museum is run by Dhaka’s Ministry of Cultural Affairs. It is located in Dhaka’s Shahbag neighborhood. The museum is well-structured, with displays grouped chronologically in divisions such ethnographic and ornamental art, history and classical art, natural history, and current and international culture. A well-equipped conservation laboratory is also available at the museum.

Saturday to Wednesday: 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., Friday: 3.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
The Museum is closed on Thursdays and on government holidays.

02. Bangabandhu Military Museum

As part of Bangladesh’s military legacy, a “Army Museum” was established near the entrance to Mirpur Cantonment in Dhaka in March 1987, and it was officially opened on November 26, 1987. Between September 1997 and March 1998, the ‘Army Museum’ was relocated to Bijoy Sarani and renamed the Bangladesh Military Museum under the patronage of former Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Mohammad Mostafizur Rahman, Bir Bikram, NDC, psc. For the time being, the museum was housed in a two-story building. On 11 January 2020, the Armed Forces Division created a Board of Officers to restore and upgrade the museum, with the Chief of General Staff as chairman and representatives from three services.

Timetable: Morning Exhibition: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (excluding Wednesday and Friday)
Afternoon Exhibition: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (excluding Wednesday)
The Museum will be closed on Wednesdays and national holidays.

03. Liberation war museum

The Liberation War Museum, which was inaugurated on March 22, 1996, is centrally located downtown Dhaka. There are four galleries depicting Bangladeshis’ long struggle to establish their identity as a nation under the British regime, as well as their struggle for democracy, political and economic emancipation beginning in 1947 and culminating in their armed struggle during the nine-month long War of Liberation in 1971.

Timetable: The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on all weekdays except Sunday.
It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the winter.

04. Bangladesh Air Force Museum

Bangladesh Air Force Museum opened to the public in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Agargaon, and Dhaka in October 2014. It is positioned on the runway’s western side, next to the Taltola gateway. Various eliminated airships and equipment, including the flying machine that participated in our great Liberation War, have been maintained inside its raised interior. The museum is situated in a big open valley with lush green grass. The massive wall surrounds you on both sides. In the facility, visitors can see a variety of airplanes, helicopters, radar, and other equipment.

Weekdays (Monday-Thursday) from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On weekends, the hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the exception of Sundays, which are closed.

05. Bangabandhu Memorial Museum

The mansion was under military administration until June 10, 1981, following the horrific killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members on August 15, 1975. On August 14, 1994, the house was consecrated as the “Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum.” A board of trustees has been formed to supervise the museum and the Tungipara home. Aside from the “Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum,” the Trust also runs the “Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Memorial KPJ Special Hospital and Nursing College.”

Timetable: The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday is a weekly holiday.

06. Bangladesh Bank Currency Museum/ Taka Museum

Taka Museum is Bangladesh’s only museum dedicated to numismatics. Its primary objective is to display the fascinating history of Bangladesh’s coins and banknotes from ancient to modern times, as well as the diverse currencies of other countries throughout the world. It sits on the first floor of the Bangladesh Bank Training Academy on Mirpur Road in Dhaka.

Timetable: 11:00 a.m. to 17:00 p.m. (Saturday through Wednesday).

07. Ethnological Museum of Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s only ethnological museum is the Chittagong Ethnological Museum. It is located in Agrabad, Chittagong, and contains exhibits about the tribal peoples of Bangladesh. The Ethnological Museum is a one-of-a-kind treasure trove of Bangladeshi tribal culture and history.

Timetable: The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on all weekdays except Sunday.
It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the winter.

08. National Museum of Science and Technology

On April 26, 1965, the Pakistani government founded the National Museum of Science and Technology (NMST) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and it later became part of the Ministry of Science and Technology during the Bangladesh Liberation War. It started at the Dhaka Public Library and moved several times until finding a permanent home in 1981. Bangladesh’s only science museum, the NMST, provides national scientific education initiatives.

Saturday to Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursday: Weekly Holiday

09. Hason Raja Museum

The residence of Hason Raja’s predecessor has been converted into today’s famed Museum of Rajas, also known as Hason Raja Museum. It is located in the Sylhet City Corporation section of Bangladesh’s Sylhet Division, in the center (Zinda Bazar). Upkeep and organization are handled by the Educationist Dewan Talibur Raja Trust, named after Dewan Hason Raja’s grandson. The museum’s mission is to conserve and promote Sylhet’s famed Raja Family, with Zamindar and Mystic poet Dewan Hason Raja Chowdhury at its core, as well as Sylhet Division’s folk literature, folk music, and mystic poets. The museum educates the public about Sylhet’s rich cultural legacy.

Timetable: The Museum is open six days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on Fridays and national holidays (the exceptions are 21 February and 16 December).

10. Varendra Research Museum

Varendra Museum, sponsored by Rajshahi University, is a museum, research center, and popular tourist destination in Rajshahi, Bangladesh.It is regarded as Bangladesh’s first museum. When it first opened in 1910, it was East Bengal’s first museum. The Varendra Anushandan Samiti (or Varendra Investigation Society) collection gave way to the museum’s current name in 1919. The personal collections of the Rajahs of Rajshahi and Natore, particularly Prince Sharat Kumar Ray, were donated to the Varendra Museum. Varendra is alluding to the ancient Janapada region, which is roughly equivalent to modern-day northern Bangladesh.It is open for visitors five days a week, excluding Thursday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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