The museum is situated in the district of McLeod Ganj in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most popular Tibetan museums. The museum is located very near to the famous Dalai Lama Temple named Tsuglagkhang where His Holiness himself resides. This museum is regarded as the official museum of the Central Tibetan Administration Department of Information and International Relations. The Tibetan museum is completely a work of Tibetan workmanship which includes earthenware, history reports, various canvases, and handiworks. It reflects a great Tibetan style of engineering with traditional white and yellow. These vibrant colors radiate very positive energy and attract visitors to explore the museum.
Being the official museum of Central Tibetan Administration Department of Information and International Relations, the Tibetan museum wants to raise awareness about the rights of Tibetans, the occupation of Tibet, the abuses committed by China and how Tibet never gave up and overcame all the troubles which were put in front of them. One can find a documentary screening, various exhibitions, talk series, workshops and photographs arranged in a single line for visitors to witness. The museum is always buzzing with the crowd of visitors. A very interesting video clip is also shown to the visitors which records Tibet’s struggles and journey into the Himalayas. All the workshops and exhibitions held in the museum teach the children a lot about Tibetan history and culture. It is a great way to educate them and enhance their knowledge while they are having fun at the same time.
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Exhibitions at the Tibetan Museum
Current Exhibition: This exhibition shows the recent incidents and events that have taken place in Tibet. These events are known throughout history which is updated from time to time. Special posters and banners are made for this purpose.
Permanent Exhibition: The permanent exhibition is all about Tibet’s recent history. Two major topics dominate this exhibition which is Tibetan Exile Experience and The Chinese Occupation.
Traveling Exhibition: 11 sets of exhibition tiles can be found in the Tibetan Museum. Each title has some photogenic panels with different textual descriptions. These descriptions are in three languages such as English, Tibetan, and Hindi. The texts and photographs are showcased on large panels which are very easy to transport. These allow a multiple display setup.
Temporary Exhibition: For three to four months these types of exhibitions are held. The temporary exhibition gives Tibetans and non-Tibetans a chance to showcase their work in the exhibition and get admirations from the people visiting the exhibition.
Online Exhibition: These types of exhibitions show various photographs of events held in the Tibetan Museum. It is also a photogenic documentary of various other events that take place.
Upcoming Exhibition: The Tibetan Museum invites different organizations and communities to bring their respective work to the exhibitions of their museum. They can contact the museum authorities directly.
How to Reach Tibet Museum
A private bus or taxi from McLeod Ganj can be taken to reach the museum. The location can be easily traced because the temple of Dalai Lama is very popular and the museum is very close to the temple. So reaching the temple is quite easy.