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Folk Heritage Museum in Thimphu
For more information, please contact:

Phelchey Toenkhyim, (Folk Heritage Museum)
Post Box 233
National Commission for Cultural Affairs,
Thimphu, Bhutan

Telephone: (975) 2- 327133
Fax: (975) 2- 327132

Museum Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday: 11:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Closed on Government Holidays
The Ticket sales contribute towards maintenance, research and exhibitions.
may change without any prior notice


Phelchey Toenkhyim (Folk Heritage Museum)
The Phelchey Toenkhyim (Folk Heritage Museum) was inaugurated by Her Majesty, the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, who is the founder and patron of the Museum, on 28th July 2001.

The restoration of the museum building, the landscaping, and the procurement of the artefacts were supported by the Swiss NGO Helvetas and the Royal Government of Bhutan. The Sustainable Development Secretariat also contributed substantially towards the acquisition of artefacts.

The Phelchey Toenkhyim is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of items and artefacts used in rural households, demonstrations of rural customs, traditions, habits and skills; educational programmes for children about rural life in Bhutan, and research and proper Document of rural life.

The the royal collectionThe principal exhibit is the museum building itself which is a restored three-storey traditional rammed mud and timber house. The design and form of the house is that of an average household in the Wang area during the mid 19th century. The age of the structure demonstrates the durability and performance of the building materials.

From the ground to the top floor, household objects, and typical domestic tools and equipments tbot were used by a family in a rural housebold during that period are put on display.

Every visit to the Phelchey Toenkhyim is a unique experience because the aclivities of the museum follows the seasonal dynamics in the same pattern as the management of a rural housebold is influenced by the seasonal rhythms.

In order to present a typical Bhutanese rural setting and flavour, paddy, wheat and millet fields; a traditional watermill (with mill stones that date back more than 150 years), traditional style kitchen, gardens with vegetables that were grown and consumed over hundred years, and the famous traditional hot stone bath complement the museum building and the exhibitions within.

The museum is in the process of growing some of the native people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of trees and plants that were used for various purposes in the rural households. It is hoped that this effort will not only keep our indigenous knowledge about the use of natural resources alive but also create a green oasis in the heart of the capital city.


Special offers

The museum can anrange the following activities within the museum premises on request made at least a week in advance and at a nominal fee:

Demonstration of Traditional way of extracting oil (Markhu Tsene), brewing Ara (Ara Kayne), roasting rice (thom dhungni) at a lump sum fee of Nu 1500.00 (exclusive of entrance fee) for three demonstrations.

Traditional Cuisine
Open air buffet lunch and dinner consisting of a variety of traditional food items from different parts of the kingdom for groups not less than five at a time and at the rate of Nu. 250.00 per head can be arranged. The menu for such arrangements can be obtained separately from the FoIk Heritage Museum.

may change without any prior notice
The museum is planning numerous activities to kindle public interest and generate revenue for itself.
Source: Brochure of Phelchey Toenkhyim
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