Tibet Museum-Lhasa Tourists Attraction
UPdated: Tibet Museum has been closed for renovation and is scheduled to be opened again in 2020.
The Tibet Museum is located in the southeast corner of Norbulingka, the Summer Palace of Dalai Lama. With the Minzu Road in between, the two attractions are just 800 m to each other. Norbulinka covers an area of 23,508 square meters (5.8 acres) including the exhibition area of 10,451 square meters (2.6 acres). The museum is equipped with modern facilities to ensure quality service for visitors and safety and efficient administration of the museum itself. Here exhibits are introduced in Tibetan, English, Japanese and Chinese.
The construction of the Tibet Museum was listed as one of the sixty-two "Aid-Tibet Projects" in July 1994.The museum was opened to public in October 1999 when the 50th anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China and the 40th anniversary of Tibet's Democratic Reform.
Tibet museum has many exhibits representing the history of Tibet. This museum was designed by a Han Chinese architect from Sichuan province. It is a perfect combination of Chinese and Tibetan architectures. When tourists get to the Prelude Hall, they will see the colorfully ornamented beams, pillars, lintels, banners and wall hangings. Going forward, visitors will see that the museum is actually sub-catalogued. The first catalogue includes two exhibition halls on the first floor, showing the splendid history of Tibet and its abundant natural resources; while the other catalogue is on the second floor and it is comprised of five small exhibition halls that display Tibetan religion, folk custom, treasures, and arts and crafts. The Tibet Museum has a rich collection of prehistoric cultural relics such as Buddha statues with different postures, imperial jade seals, and gold albums, gifts granted by emperors, colorful Thangkas, and various printed Sanskrit as well as the Tibetan scriptures. There is a 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.