Located in the southeast corner of Norbu Lingka Lhasa city, 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 uses traditional Tibetan architecture such as Tibetan doors, beam-decoration, and patterns etc, in order to create the atmosphere of authentic Tibetan art.
This exhibit displays around 1,000 precious objects, in a space totaling around 3,000 square meters and with an exhibition line of around 600 meters. The contents are divided into pre-history culture, indivisible history, culture and arts, and people's customs. In addition, the museum is equipped with modern facilities to ensure quality service for visitors and safety and efficient administration of the museum itself. Besides, the exhibits are introduced in Japanese, English, Tibetan, and Chinese, in order to accommodate visitors from all over the world.
The museum building is really a pioneering institution in the history of Tibet. This museum, which was designed by a Han Chinese architect from Sichuan province, is a wonderful complex in combination of Chinese and Tibetan architectural styles. While upon entering the Prelude Hall, visitors' attention will immediately be caught by the colorfully ornamented beams, pillars, lintels, banners and wall hangings. Going forward, visitors will find there are two exhibition halls on the first floor showing the splendid history of Tibet and its abundant natural resources, five small exhibition halls that display Tibetan religion, folk custom, treasures, and arts and crafts on the second hall. Collections here include Buddha statues in different postures, imperial jade seals, gold albums, gifts granted by emperors, colorful tangkas, and various printed Sanskrit and Tibetan scriptures etc, also the variety of folk art such as unique Tibetan handicrafts, costumes, jewellery, and adornments made of gold, silver, jade and fine Chinese pottery are also available to see here.
Admission Fee: free
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (Closed on Monday)
Guide Service: The museum provides audio guide service which costs CNY 20 to rent a machine.
Transportation: Take bus 86, 98, 106, 109, 201, 203, 204 to Tibet Museum.
It takes about CNY 10 by taxi from downtown Lhasa to the museum.