The two museums were open to the general public in 2001 upon completion. These treasure troves of culture and rich Bhutanese heritage provide rich insights into the Bhutanese ethos. You should take the time to visit not one but both the museums once you arrive in Bhutan. Your trip to both museums will take only a few hours. Try to schedule your visit during the morning hours since the museums are less crowded at that time and there is plenty of sunlight to go around.
The folk heritage museum is housed in a replica traditional Bhutanese house learn first-hand about Bhutan’s rich cultural traditions, its deeply rooted heritage which spans thousands of years and the Bhutanese way of life. The tour of this almost living meuseum will also give you a glimpse into how many rural folk of the country live today following the ancient Bhutanese ways.
The second important Museum that also opened its doors in 2001 is the National Textile Museum of Bhutan. During a trip to this museum you will get an up close and personal experience of the living national art of weaving. The changing exhibitions at the museum will introduce you to the major weaving techniques that the weavers employ to make these beautiful fabrics. It also gives you a chance to see the various styles of dressing of the men and women from different parts of Bhutan. The museums exhibits follow 6 major themes :
Wrap Pattern Weaves
Weft Pattern Weaves
Role of Textile in Bhuddism
Historical achievements in textile
Textiles made from different indigenous fibers
The royal textile collection.