The Tibet Museum

The Tibet Museum of the Department of Information and International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration, was established in 1998 to document, preserve, research, exhibit and educate Tibetans and non-Tibetans on all matters related to Tibet’s history, culture and present situation. The Tibet Museum, located in the Main Temple complex in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, is visited by thousands of foreigners, Tibetans, and Indians every year. The museum’s beautiful building, location, and wealth of knowledge make it a must-see for anyone living in or visiting Dharamsala. We have closed our museum at Mcleod Ganj and shifted to Gangchen Kyishong, Central Tibetan Administration, near the Library of Tibetan Works & Archive. The Tibet Museum is more than a space for exhibitions, installations, and lectures. It also provides a platform for educational activities relating to Tibetan history – through in-house activities and special events, traveling museum kits, catalogs, and various other publications. We believe that knowing the past gives strength and guidance for the future and hope our museum will be instrumental in both these aspects.

The Tibet Museum's Image Collection

The Tibet Museum Image Collection has a collection of more than 29,000 rare photographs, slides, and negatives of historical and contemporary images of Tibet. Photographs as old as dating back to the times of the 13th Dalai Lama and many rare photographs of independent Tibet are also part of the archive. The archive is essential historical documentation and a vital asset for the Tibet Museum. The photographs are used for exhibitions, books, and other printed material published by the Tibet Museum. It also serves as an important repository and point of reference for the media, publication agencies, researchers, and the public worldwide. The Image Collection is located in a Museum Administration Office near the DIIR’s main office in Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala, India.

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