As you explore the different floors of the museum, keep an eye out for a radio gifted by American Burt Todd to the third king of Bhutan during his historic visit in the 1950s – a pivotal moment in the country’s history that paved the way for the establishment of its postal system. But that’s not all you’ll discover. Delve deeper, and you’ll come across other hidden gems like a stunning photograph of the kings of Bhutan and Sikkim captured in Kolkata (Calcutta) way back in 1905, as well as an exquisite 1926 document that declares an oath of allegiance to the monarchy.
One of the most sacred religious items housed in the museum is a rare copy of the Padma Kathang, Guru Rinpoche’s biography, which was discovered by Pema Lingpa beneath the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. And that’s not all. Within the ta dzong, you’ll find two lhakhangs, with the top-floor Gesar Lhakhang dedicated to the 19th-century penlop of Trongsa, Jigme Namgyal. It’s been said that during the Duar War, two British soldiers were imprisoned in the dungeon of the dzong for several months.
Once you’ve had your fill of history, make sure to head up to the roof for breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. And if you’re feeling peckish, you can always grab a bite to eat at the ground-floor cafe, or even browse the souvenir shop for some unique finds. Just remember – photography is strictly prohibited within the museum, so be sure to leave your camera and phone in your vehicle. Don’t worry – there are lockers available at the entrance, although you’ll need to return there to retrieve your belongings.