Bangladesh National Museum

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Bangladesh National Museum
Bangladesh National Museum (01).jpg
Established20 March 1913; 108 years ago (1913-03-20)
LocationShahbag, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Coordinates23°44.25′N 90°23.67′E / 23.73750°N 90.39450°E / 23.73750; 90.39450Coordinates: 23°44.25′N 90°23.67′E / 23.73750°N 90.39450°E / 23.73750; 90.39450
Visitorsapprox. 15 million(including approx. 1.2 million foreigners visitors) visitors per year
DirectorMd. Reaz Ahmed[1]

The Bangladesh National Museum (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ জাতীয় যাদুঘর), is the national museum of Bangladesh.[2] The museum is well organized and displays have been housed chronologically in several departments like department of ethnography and decorative art, department of history and classical art, department of natural history, and department of contemporary and world civilization. The museum also has a rich conservation laboratory. Nalini Kanta Bhattasali served as the first curator of the museum during 1914–1947.[3]

The idol of Rishabhdeva in seated posture in display.


Southern side

Bangladesh National Museum was originally established on 20 March 1913, albeit under another name (the Dhaka Museum), and formally inaugurated on 7 August 1913 by Thomas Gibson-Carmichael, 1st Baron Carmichael, the governor of Bengal. In July 1915 it was handed over to the Naib-Nazim of Dhaka.[4] Bangladesh National Museum was formed through the incorporation of Dhaka museum and it was made the national museum of Bangladesh on 17 November 1983. It is located at Shahbag, Dhaka.[5][4]

Bangladesh National Museum designed by Syed Mainul Hossain

Ground floor[edit]

The ground floor consists of some old guns at the entrance and the hall where the people book their tickets or assemble to hear the history of the museum. The hall leads to a grand staircase. Beside the hall, there is a smaller room which also acts like the hall (it is also used by the guides to tell the visitors about the history) and a simple staircase.

1st floor[edit]

The 1st floor is divided into 22 rooms.

1st room[edit]

The first room displays a large map showing the map of Bangladesh and its 64 districts.

2nd room[edit]

The 2nd room consists of an under going work of a large statue of a royal Bengal tiger.

3rd-10th room[edit]

These rooms consist of natural beauties found in Bangladesh. In one of the room there is showcase of a tongue of a whale.

10th-22nd room[edit]

The other rooms contain some historic relics of Bengal up to 1900. There is a room which shows the different boats used by the rural people.

2nd floor[edit]

The 2nd floor consists of photos of famous people and showcases the Bangladesh Liberation War and the Language Movement of 1952. There are posters used in the war, a torture machine and much more. There are also two libraries.

3rd floor[edit]

The 3rd floor consists of pictures of international politicians, artists, scientists, famous pictures and four international galleries - Chinese, Korean, Iranian and Swiss.[6]



  1. ^ Administrator, Super. "Director General". Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  2. ^ "[WATCH NOW] Novera's exhibition begins at National Museum". The Daily Star. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Nalini Kanta Bhattasali's 67th death anniversary observed". The Daily Star. 28 February 2014. Archived from the original on 12 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Eventful Innings". The Daily Star. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Welcome to Bangladesh National Museum". Archived from the original on 28 October 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Gallery Floor Plan". Archived from the original on 30 August 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.

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