Tribhuwan Museum and Mahendra Museum



Located inside the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the Tribhuvan Museum contains the personal artefacts of Nepali King Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Shah. This part of the palace was built in the late 19th century and suffered huge damage during the 2015 earthquake. It is believed that the Late King used to sit here and observe the problems and prosperity of his people.

Built to celebrate the king’s successful reign, the Tribhuvan Museum houses a fabulous collection of historical artefacts that were owned and used by him. These include statues, woodwork, stonework, weapons, the king’s attires, his walking stick, boxing gloves, thrones, among other things. The museum also has his priceless collection of coins and several photographs on display from the historical events that King Tribhuvan was a part of and his hunting trips. A section of the museum also has a recreated model of the king’s study and his bedroom. For about a century now, artefacts from King Tribhuvan’s life, his victories and his memories have been treasured in the museum.

Together with the Tribhuvan Museum and the Birendra Museum, the Mahendra Museum is located in the Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Here visitors will be able to marvel at the breathtaking architecture and explore the lives of three of Nepal’s Kings. Even though King Mahendra’s father, King Tribhuvan, is remembered for his valiant fight for democracy, Mahendra would leave behind a legacy far different than that of his predecessor.

King Mahendra was born on 11 June 1920, son of the respected and loved, King Tribhuvan. The King believed in democracy, in giving each citizen a voice and bringing an end to the rule of the ruthless Rana family. Fighting for these beliefs put the life of the King and his family in grave danger. But after having to flee his home, international and local pressure finally brought the Rana dynasty to its knees. King Tribhuvan returned to the thrown and successfully helped Nepal through the change in parliament and democratic freedom. In 1955, King Tribhuvan passed away and King Mahendra rose to power. Instead of continuing the legacy his father had left behind, the new King went about destroying the democratic parliament. By the year 1960, all opposing political parties were banned in Nepal. King Mahendra’s rule came to an end with his death, on 31 January 1972. He is a King that evokes mixed emotions, yet his poetry and literary genius is remembered with fondness and admiration.

The Museum of King Mahendra exhibits recreations of his office chamber and the cabinet room, where he made his decisions and ruled the country. Amongst his personal items and belongings that are on display, visitors will be able to view his beautiful collection of coins and his stamp collection. His poetry and manuscripts can also be seen, together with handwritten notes and the medals he received during his reign. Other items include fascinating decorations and a variety of gifts that were given to him.

This dedicational museum of King Mahendra, highlights the contrast in personality of the King. His creative and poetic side, opposed to the aggressive King that ruled Nepal. The Mahendra Museum takes visitors on a journey through the life of King Mahendra, a descended of a long line of rulers, and predecessor of those to come.

Open Timings: 8am-5pm throughout the week.

Entrance Fees: 

Nepalese Rs.200

SAARC and Chinese Nationals       Rs.500

Other Foreign Tourists           Rs.1000

Tour Details:

The both museum collaborate and make up the Hanuman Dhoka Museum, which is one of the oldest museum of Nepal. To reach there you can walk from thamel or either take a private vehicle as per your choice. You will be taken to the museum by our experienced guide who will provide you the details of the artifacts which are present in the museum. As the museum relating to both the Kings are within the same space the time to look around is significantly less.


Tribhuvan Museum: Our representative will pick you up from the hotel in a private vehicle or you can walk from Thamel towards the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar square which is as per your choice. In the premises of the Durbar Square, both the Tribhuvan and Mahendra museum can be viewed thoroughly and the description about the artifacts will be given to you by our guide.

Includes & Excludes
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Private transfer by luxurious vehicle
  • Guide fee
  • Entrance fees with camera
  1. Any meals or drinks
  2. Tips