The Tribhuvan Museum
King Tribhuvan was a highly respected and loved member of the Nepali community. He fought for democracy and equality - efforts for which he is fondly remembered. The Tribhuvan Museum pays tribute to this amazing leader and many Nepalese come here to pay homage to the memory of this noble king and to educate newer generations about his valiant and brave life.
The King of Nepal, King Tribhuvan, was born in Kathmandu on 30 June 1906. His mother was the regent, as he became king at the tender age of 5. Tribhuvan was officially crowned in the year 1913, but the Royal Family did not rule Nepal. The Rana family was in control of the country and they often made decisions that had a negative impact of the country. It is known that during World War I, the Rana prime minister literally held a gun to the head of King Tribhuvan’s mother in an effort to force him into supporting their war efforts. Blackmail was the only method the Rana’s could use to have the King agree to their requests.
Fortunately the public became increasingly unhappy with the Rana’s rule and they supported the return of the country’s power to the monarch. By the 1930’s the King was of age to rule Nepal. It was only due to the outbreak of World War II that the Rana’s spared the king's life. They did this on the request of the British who wanted Nepal backing them in the war. But after the war ended and Britain moved out of India, the King and his family fled to India to escape the wrath of the disposed Rana family. Through pressure from the public and from international countries, the Rana’s were forced to admit defeat and conform to the kings’ dream of democracy. King Tribhuvan took charge of the country’s transition until his untimely death due to illness in 1955.
The Tribhuvan Memorial Museum is situated in the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, which is located in the Durbar Square. It showcases the entire history of the King’s life, his victories, his losses and the realization of his dreams. An extremely rare collection of personal items and photographs of the King and the entire Royal Family are on display in the Tribhuvan Memorial Museum. Newspaper clippings telling the story of his final victory over the Ranas and the spectacular paintings of King Tribhuvan and the kings that followed are all exhibited here. The Tribhuvan Museum is a worthy tribute to this great man, a King who won back his throne and freed the people of Nepal.