National Museum

Museum in Nay Pyi Taw

After five years of construction, the massive National Museum opened in 2015, and is well worth visiting if you're passing through the capital. Though the building and its empty corridors feel much too large for the contents within, the museum has some beautifully displayed works, particularly from the Bagan period, with lovely 11th-century jewellery, replicas of colourful mural paintings and models of architecturally stunning temples.

Exhibitions cover a huge swath of history: important fossils (such as 40-million-year-old anthropoid jawbones that lend credence to the theory that human ancestors evolved from primates in Asia rather than Africa); Stone Age tools; small figurines of minstrels from Sri-Ksetra (early evidence of musical culture in the region); and intriguing landscape paintings and portraits by 20th-century Myanmar artists. There's also a hands-on room where kids can tinker with musical instruments, try out a hand loom and create their own hand-drawn artworks.

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