In the heart of Gorkha Bazaar lies the museum in an old palace. The palace was built in 1896 BS and was known as Tallo Durbar (Palace in lower side) which was later transformed into museum. The museum encompasses a wide spectrum of historical artifacts dating as far back as to the days of Prithvi Narayan Shah and his predecessors. One can find cannons, rifles, arrows, spears, and the traditional “panas”. “panche baja”, “chaityas” and other ancient relics with several paintings, horoscope, religious-economic gallery depicting the historical, religious, ethnographic, natural and other important objects. The major galleries which have been fascinating most of the visitors are:
The Birth-description record (Astrological Chart) Gallery This gallery contains the shadow copy of Late King Prithivinarayn Shah’s birth- description record based on astrological details. This is the longest birth-description record found in Nepal which runs more than 52 feet and has been kept here dividing it in different parts. A birth-description record is a detail about someone’s birth prepared by fortunetellers (astrologers) presumably describing about different signs influencing birth that shape up the future of the person.
Armory In the long gallery to the west of the museum lies the armory which displays the weapons used by Gorkhali Armies during Late King Prithivinarayan Shah’s reign. Major arms decorated here are pistols, stone-art guns, Khukuri, Khunda, swords, etc. including the king’s personal weapons. Similarly, the gallery boasts of the presence of different military batches issued during his time along with the replica of the thorn in the Gorkha palace.
Religious-economic Gallery This gallery is full of religiously important heritages belonging to Gorakhkali Temple, Gorakhnath Cave, Manakamana Temple and some of the contemporary fine arts belonging to Chhyorten residing in the northern part of Gorkha district. Beside these, this gallery displays the coins used during the time of Late King Prithivinarayn Shah and the stamps containing Ram Shah and Prithivinarayan Shah’s pictures.