Museum in Swayambhunath & Around
foreigner/SAARC Rs 100/40, camera/video Rs 50/200
10am-4.30pm Wed-Sun, to 2pm Mon Apr-Oct, to 3.30pm Wed-Sun, to 2pm Mon Nov-Mar
Opposite the National Museum in an army compound, this will likely appeal only to fans of military history. It’s open despite earthquake damage and lined up on parade outside the museum are a two-person tank, Nepal’s first ever Rolls-Royce, gifted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1961, and a Skyvan transport plane.
The interior displays lead past endless paintings of death and mayhem depicting Nepali battles over the centuries, including several against British and Tibetans, as well as an armoury, including a fine bazooka and circular weapon rack. Look for the portrait of the intriguing 18th-century queen Rajendra Laxmi Devi Shah, who trained as a soldier and led her army on three campaigns.