Tibet History Museum
Tibet Museum is located at the southeast
corner of the Norbulingka Road in Lhasa.
It is the first large-sized comprehensive
modern museum in the Tibet Autonomous Region;
it is a brilliant literary and arts palace
of the Tibetan people, a gem of Tibetan
civilization and a treasure house of Tibetan
It was open to the public
on October 5,1999. The site of the
museum covers an area of 53,959 square
meters, with a total construction
area of 23,508 square meters. The
area for exhibition department covers
10,451 square meters, consisting of
three sections: a main exhibition
hall, a folk cultural garden and an
administrative quarter. The building
is magnificent, and combined Tibetan
traditional architecture with modern
technology. Its characteristics are
unique. Together with its neighboring
Norbulingka Park, it has become one
of the most beautiful places in the
ancient city of Lhasa.
the Tibet Museum was built, numerous cultural
relics in the Autonomous Region were kept
in shabby storehouses of the departments
in charge of historical relics, others were
scattered among and kept by the common people.
Because of the limitations of exhibition,
those relics were seldom put on display
for the public, and there were fewer opportunities
to introduce them through publication. As
a matter of fact, the rich cultural connotations
of these historical relics were not utilized.
At the present, under the new conditions
of reform and opening up to the outside
world, to build in Tibet a large-scale museum
with rich content is to inherit and develop
our predecessors' career. It has become
a center for the broad masses of people
to understand the Tibetan history and culture.
It has also become a new place of interest
in Lhasa, the capital city of the Autonomous
the Tibet Museum has a
rich collection of cultural relics,
including various types of cultural
relics of prehistoric period, title-conferring
documents issued by the feudal dynasties
of past ages, seals of authority,
gold albums, gifts granted by emperors.
There are also numerous statues of
buddhas, bodhisattvas, and figures.
There are also rare sutras written
on pattra leaves and birch bars, and
manuscripts written with gold powder,
silver powder, and coral powder. There
are also various printed Sanskrit
and Tibetan scriptures and colorful
tangkas of various painting genres.
Unique Tibetan handicrafts, costumes,
jewelry, gold ware, silver ware and
jade ware are also in the collection.
All these are of excellent quality
and are invaluable.
aim of the Tibet Museum is to preserve cultural
relics of the best quality, to make acadmeic
study and to put them on display so that
the visitors may appreciate the Tibetan
historical civilization. The "Exhibition
of Tibetan History and Culture" is
a major part of the Museum, which includes
more than a thousand pieces of selected
objects, showing the long history and brilliant
culture of the Tibetan people.
The content of the book
Tibet Museum is an introduction to
the cultural relics preserved in the
Museum. It is compiled by the professionals
of various departments of the Museum.
Its content covers various aspects
of Tibetan history and culture. This
pictorial album is a record of one
of the "Top Ten National Exhibitions
of Excellent Cultural Relics, 1999."
It is a display of the wisdom and
gigantic creativity of the Tibetan
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