The museum was built by U Sein Kho (a stone tablets specialist) and his vast collection of ancient stone tablets were one of the first exhibits to go on display in the museum. Today the museum is government run and sits inside a vast complex of temples and features an array of relics, artefacts and memorabilia collected across Bagan over the decades.
Inside the museum, you’ll find an array of exhibits depicting Bagan’s (and broader Myanmar’s) culture, customs and heritage. There’s a modern-art room featuring works by local artists, a handful of reclining Buddha statues and inscribed stones featuring original images. Don’t forget to explore the miniature model temples and villages along with the exhibit on traditional women’s hair knots.