Living Traditions Museum
established to preserve, protect and
present the vibrancy and richness of the
traditional arts and cultures of the
various cultural groups of Nepal,
honoring their heritage. The museum
has the goal of communicating the basic
nature of Nepali arts and cultures,
emphasizing the distinguishing qualities
unique to each culture, i.e. why things
are made, how they are made, how they
fit into the social and religious context.
The museum will educate visitors from
throughout Nepal to a better
understanding and appreciation of the
uniqueness and value of each cultural
expression leading to an appreciation of
how diversity enriches the entire country.
Photographs of making processes, how
objects are used in daily activities, and
special ceremonies and rituals provide
who has lived and worked in Nepal for
over 35 years, trekking all over Nepal,
photographing and writing.
The Collection: Living Traditions
Museum owns approximately 400
objects, part of which are exhibited in the
museum, to be enhanced and expanded
by contributions and purchases in the
future. Photographs provide context for
the objects including the artists weaving,
casting, painting, turning, and throwing.
Others reveal the life of the objects
within various landscapes, villages,
courtyards, and household interiors as
well as in rituals and ceremonies.
Photos are mostly 25 to 30 years old, so
have special historic interest.
Urgency of preserving Nepali
traditional arts: As times change,
education, travel, political activities,
overpopulation, cinema, internet access,
tourism and a general shift of
consciousness have had profound
influences on traditional cultures. It is
critical to record, save, treasure and
protect these traditions while they still
The museum is an inspiration for various
ethnic groups and individuals to loan or
donate their arts so that public
awareness of Nepal’s rich cultural
heritage is enhanced.
The museum exhibition is organized
in four sections relating to the four major
geophysical regions of Nepal, with each
cultural group included in the
appropriate area: Terai, Middle Hills,
Kathmandu Valley and Himalayan
|Central Narayan Temple (L), Amatya Sattal
(Back), Shiva Temple (R)
Google Earth view of Changu Narayan village and temple (left)
UPDATE September 2012
The main gallery displays are installed. A group of Maithili women from
near Janakpur finished installing their wonderful unfired clay storage
containers in the top floor, and painting the walls with their vibrant
images. Gallery photos.
Restoration of the NW section of the sattal is complete as of Oct 15,
2012. Well, almost complete -- we did not have enough money to install
a finished floor (at this point we have plywood), apply linseed oil to all the
woodwork, plaster the brick walls. finish window shutters, and other
finishing details. This work was funded by a grant from the US
Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation.
need $10,000-. Please see details restoration.
|Above: 1st floor main gallery features objects and historical photos
from all over Nepal . Below: top floor gallery features an installation of
women's art from Mithila -- large sculptural containers and wall
|Below: Ground floor. Right (blue) is the museum shop, featuring
photos, Maithili women's paintings, books and more. The terrace will
soon have an organic cafe.
restoration of the west half in Dec. 2011, thanks to a grant
from the U.S. Ambassador's Cultural Preservation Fund.
with historical photos by museum founder Judith Chase. A group of Maithili women from near Janakpur have
installed their fanciful clay sculptural containers and painting walls in our top floor gallery. We are fully solar-
powered, so the lighting always works.
Come visit us every day from 8 am to 5 pm. Tickets are sold at the museum: Foreigners Rs 250-, ASEAN Rs 100-,
Nepalis Rs. 60-, young students Rs. 10-.
Foreign visitors to Changu Narayan village must pay Rs 100- entry fee at the parking area booth. There is another
museum that mainly features coins -- their ticket is offered at the booth. It is named Changu Museum. Please
don't confuse it with Living Traditions Museum.