Bhutan Postal Museum January 29, 2016
The Bhutan Postal Museum: Evolution of Communications Systems in Bhutan” was established in 2015 to celebrate the 60th Birth Anniversary of Fourth Druk Gyalpo His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The main objective of the museum is to tell the story of Bhutan’s progress and development through the lens of the evolution of communications and postal system in the country. The story is told through anecdotes, artifacts and the rich assortment of stamps the country has produced over the years.
The museum showcases (a) the progress of postal services and to a certain extent communications system in Bhutan and (b) Bhutan’s rare and unique stamps issued over the years and (c) captures the modes of communication pre-postal system and tells stories of legendary messengers. Artifacts of direct relevance to post and those that help to tell the story effectively and communications are displayed.
The museum comprises of five (5) galleries, each with a theme as follows:
Gallery I is the repositionable gallery. This gallery’s exhibits will change according to special occasions in the country and stamp releases. It currently pays tribute to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.
Gallery II showcases the pre – postal era and tells stories of how communication happened between the Kings and its subjects, between officialdom and how communities from one region communicated with those from other regions.
Gallery III focuses on the advent of postal system in the country and how it changed over time. It simultaneously focuses on telegraphy, wireless and telephones and their evolution to modern times of Internet and smart phones.
Gallery IV exhibits Bhutan’s rich assortment of stamps and help promote Bhutan’s rich culture, tradition and heritage. It also helps educate Bhutanese society on philately.
Gallery V is the interactive area where activities and programmes will be designed to educate school children and guests.
There is also an area for multimedia where documentaries related to postal system are screened.
TIMING: The Postal museum is open throughout the year including Sunday and public holidays from 9:00am – 5:00pm in summer (April-October) and 9:00am – 4:00pm in winter (November – March).
MUSEUM CAFÉ: A cafe has been set up just at the entrance of the museum which serves coffee, tea, soft drink and snacks.
Tourists : Nu. 250/-
SAARC Tourists : Nu. 150/-
Locals : Nu. 50/-