The Bronze and Brass Museum in Nepal
Standing opposite the National Woodworking Museum of Nepal, which lies within the Pujari Math in Tachapal Tole in Bhaktapur, lies the beautiful Bronze and Brass Museum. This fine Nepali museum is housed within an ancient building, dating back to the 15th century.
When you stroll past the vast collection of domestic and ceremonial metal ware at the Bronze and Brass Museum of Nepal, having already just been surprised by the many beautiful mysteries in the National woodworking Museum, you may tend to feel you’re in a distinctly different era. On exhibition there are many everyday items belonging to ordinary people in Nepal which have been restored to mint condition. Items that can be seen on display at the Bronze and Brass Museum are the Kalash or ritual jars, spittoons, ordinary lamps and those used specifically for rituals, water pots, medieval utensils, giant containers and hookahs, or as its commonly known in the western world ‘a hubbly bubbly’.
The elaborate metal ink-pot has a significant history and speaks of kings in general who took a keen interest in learning and writing and this can be found in many artifacts. One such king, though, is said to have learned over seventeen languages to which he wrote many verses or so legend tells. Not much is far from what we see around us today and makes you realize that with time all we have done is refine what has been in existence for centuries.
The Bronze and Brass Museum of Bhaktapur is open on most days from about 10:15 am to around about 4:45 pm, however, it is closed on a Tuesday and on public holidays, where the time is used for cleaning, maintenance and any repair work that may be required. The entrance fee is Rs. 5 with a charge of Rs. 10 for any cameras brought in. Indeed, if you enjoy looking at exquisite works of art and practical items from the past, then the Bronze and Brass Museum of Nepal is the ideal attraction for you. Combine this with a tour of the nearby Woodworking Museum and you will have a day filled with discovery.