Patan Museum


The Patan Museum was inaugurated in 1997 by Late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah. The museum quadrangle, known as Keshav Narayan Chowk, takes its name from the temple in the center of the main courtyard and is best known for its beautiful facade framing the Golden door and window. This and two adjacent palace courtyards have it long and important history as a palace of the Malla kings of Patan.

The Patan Museum displays the traditional sacred arts of Nepal in an illustrious architectural setting. Its home is and old residential court of Patan Durbar, one of the royal palaces of former Malla Kings of the Kathmandu Valley. Its gilded door and window face one of the most beautiful squares in the world.

The Museum’s exhibits cover along span of Nepal’s cultural history and some rare objects are among its treasures. Their meaning and context within the living traditions of Himduism and Buddhism are explained. Most of the objects are cast bronzes and gilt copper repousse work, traditional crafts for which Patan is famous.

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Closing Days

The museum remains open except following days when it is closed for festival reasons

  1. Fagu Purnima- 9th March  2020
  2. Shree Krishna Janmastami –
  3. Dashian Festival [Three Days]
    1. Maha Asthami-
    2. Maha Nawami-
    3. Bijaya Dashami

4.Tihar Festival (Lighting) [Two Days]

  1. Nepal New Era & Govardhan Puja-
  2. Bhai Tikka –

Museum remains closed only those Seven Days of the year.


Guest Studio

The Guest Studio could be provided  for foreign scholars and artists during office hours only. The Studio has an open terrace as well.


The courtyard area may also be booked for special evening functions to perform music or classical dance and use as theatre and receptions.

 View of Inner Courtyard

Gift Shop

The museum has gift shop selling unique handicrafts of the valley with books on  art and architecture, and Posters, Post cards and Guide books published by Patan museum.


Museum Café is located amidst the garden on the back of the main museum buliding.

Seminar hall and Exhibition Gallery

The Temporary gallery for Exhibitions, rooms for workshops and lectures, are also available on payment.



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