The National Museum of Bangladesh is located on the south side of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Shahbag, Dhaka. On March 20, 1913, the museum started functioning in a room of the then Secretariat (now Dhaka Medical College) with a fund of Rs. 2000. The museum was inaugurated by the then Governor of Bengal, Lord Carmichael. The museum was opened to the public on August 25, 1915. Formerly it was called Dhaka Museum. In 1983, its name was changed to Bangladesh National Museum. The museum was established in 1983 on an area of about eight acres. The four-storey building has 46 galleries across three floors. More than 63,000 specimens are preserved here. The National Museum has five sections. The categories are- 1. History and classical art, II. Ethnography and decorative art, 3. Contemporary art and world civilization, 4. Department of Natural History and 5. Conservation Laboratory. Many tourists from home and abroad come to visit the museum every day.
The museum is closed every Thursday of the week and on public holidays. However, Martyrs’ Day, Victory Day, Independence Day, Pohela Boishakh Museum is open. The museum is open from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm from April to September and from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm from October to March. However, the museum is open on Fridays from 3pm to 8pm.
The ticket price for adults is 20 TK. The entrance fee for visitors below 12 years is 10 TK. The entrance fee for tourists from SAARC countries is 20 TK and 100 TK for other foreigners.
How to go:
You have to come to Shahbag from anywhere in the country. The museum is located next to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Shahbag.
Where to stay:
There are numerous residential hotels in the vicinity of Shahbag. You can stay in these hotels as per your requirement. There are several good hotels among them. E.g.
1. Intercontinental Dhaka
Address: Mintu Road Dhaka-1000
2. Hotel Seven Star
Address: 99, BCC Road, Tatbari Bazar, Battala Dhaka.
Where to eat:
There are numerous food hotels in the vicinity of Shahbag. You can eat as much as you want in these food hotels. Some notable restaurants include New Ganges Food & Restaurant, Grill King, Ahnaf Chinese & Restaurant, Sakura Restaurant etc. You can also eat the popular dishes of old Dhaka, especially the present biryani.
Advice to do that!
Get along well with the staff and staff of the National Museum. Try to find out the history behind each of the museum’s patterns.
Advice not to do those things!
Not harm the museum’s patterns. Do not eat anything given to you by strangers. Do not engage in arguments or quarrels with anyone.