Nepal Military Museum at Chhauni

A Statue of Prthvi Narayan Shah stands inside Nepal Army Museum in Chaunni
A Statue of Prithvi Narayan Shah stands inside Nepal Army Museum in Chaunni

This Saturday we visited to the Military Museum at Chhaunni. This is something unexpected as we were going to Syowambhu Stupa. But we really enjoyed the experience and the contents it had. If you love history,  you definitely will enjoy the machinary, weapons, paintings, gears and showcases. The museum is open 7 days a week and the entrance fee is very low. You can spend around a hour of your day if you carefully review the artifacts.

Here are some of the interesting artifacts outside and inside the building:

The ticket prices were Rs 20 for adults and Rs 10 for kids. If you want to take pictures inside the halls you will have to pay extra Rs 30. This was strange but it wasn’t much so it was not something we were going to miss. You are greeted with green garden when you move in through the gate. On the right, you will see one of the oldest military plane used in Nepal. In the garden there are machinery brought from the UK for building weapons by Gehendra Shamser. They were in an open garden so it is hard to assume they still operate. There are a few cannon launchers placed in the corners. And these are authentic giving you an idea of what the gallery inside holds.

There were many interesting showcases inside the building. But we are going to talk about the interesting ones. One of the first room inside contains oil paintings representing the unification of Nepal by Prithvi Narayan Shah. and photographic archives from around the World War I and forth. Most photographs represent the immense dedication and bravery of the Nepali Army throughout history. Co operation with Indian army and also the British Army were the highlights of the photographic archives. Next room contained all of portraits of the Military Generals till date in Nepal including Janga Bahadur Rana.

There are rooms that contain gears and clothes worn by the Army since the Gorkha Army. The gears are worn by Mannequin for display. There are rooms with just weapons used by the Nepalese army.

Sorry if the pictures aren’t of quality, the lighting inside the halls and glass enclosures caused unwanted bright images. Let us know what you think about the Nepal Military Museum. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think so will you.

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