Ta-Dzong which means watchtower, was constructed in the 1650s by Tenzin Drugdra, the half-brother of Zhanbdrung Ngawang Namgyel while he was Paro Penlop, to Guard the Paro Rinpung Dzong. And in the 1950s it was fallen badly, and in 1965 third king of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck have restored it and converted it into a National museum in 1968. It houses many galleries such as Mask Gallery, Painting(Thangka), Sculpture, Natural History, etc.
But again it was damaged by an earthquake on September 18, 2011, and underwent a major renovation under Division for Cultural Heritage Sites, Department of Culture, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan. It was funded by the Government of India. The Museum re-opened to the public on 24th June 2020 corresponding to the 3rd day of the 5th Bhutanese month of Male Iron Rat year.
Open: Every day from 09:00 to 17:00 in summer and 09:00 to 16:00 in winter.
Lunch Break: No lunch break
Dress Code: No Formal Dress
Entry Fee:Need to buy Ticket
Photography:Photography is allowed till courtyard
There are 6 floors within Museum. And the artifacts that are found are
Ground Floor: Farming Implements,Pots and Vessels.
First Floor: Arms and Cane items
Second Floor: Bhutanese stamps, and Jewelleries like rings, earrings, bangles, amulets(Gau), Koma(brooches) with Jabtha and Rumnang and sword and belt(patang and losey) used by man and woman.
Third Floor: This floor is dedicated to the founding monarchy. Starting from the 1st king of Bhutan, His Majesty Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck till 5th King, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the royal artifacts belonging to a particular king are on display.
Fourth Floor: It's the collection of prehistoric items ranging from adzes to earthenware pots collected from different parts of the country.
Fifth Floor: Thangka gallery
Sixth FLoor: Tshogzhing Lhakhang (Chapel of the Tree of Merit)