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 Region.
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