Cultural Centers and Museums in Bangladesh

Visit Cultural, Museum and archaeological places in Banladesh. Very enjoyable places to visit during summer or rainy seasons while raining out site or too hot, the spot where you can stay indoors and see interesting cultural and historical features and objects.

National Museum

Established in 1913, the museum has forty galleries under four departments, namely: National History, History and cultural art, Ethnography and Decorative art and Contemporary art and Civilization.


The museum contains a large number of interesting collections of ancient stone and metal sculptures and statues, old coins, metal images, books on art, ivory and silver filigree works, textiles including the world famous fabric muslin, embroidered quilt, arms and ammunitions of the bygone warriors, varieties of fine handicrafts and models of village life, contemporary paintings and sculptures and our heroic liberation war. 

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National Museum

Location: Shahbagh, Dhaka, Tel: 8619396-9, Visiting Hour: 10:00 am-5:00 pm (Sat-Wed), 3:00pm – 8:00pm (Fri), Closed on Thursdays

Mukti Juddho (Liberation War) MuseumSituated at Segun Bagicha area of the city, the museum contains rare photographs of our liberation war and items used by the freedom fighters and martyrs of our glorious war.

Location: 5, Segunbagicha, Dhaka, Tel: 9559091, Fax: 9559092, Visiting Hour: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm, Closed on Sundays


Liberation War Museum

Ahsan Manjil MuseumSituated in the old part of Dhaka on the bank of the river Buriganga the majestic Ahsan Manjil was once the home of the Nawabs (Rulers) of Dhaka , and now a museum. The Victorian style palace, painted bright pink, and with a huge dome at the top is a silent spectator to many historic events. Ahsan Manjil museum displays portraits, furniture and household articles and utensils used by the Nawabs.

Ahsan Manjil Museum   

Location: Old Dhaka, On the bank of river Buriganga


Folk Art MuseumThe Folk Art Museum , establishe in 1975, fulfills the dream of the celebrate painter Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, has a rich collection of different folk objects of aesthetic and utilitarian values. The museum is a national institution which represents the traditional art and heritage of Bangladesh , exhibiting objects of exceptional design and skill.

Location: Sonargaon, Dhaka, Visiting Hour: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Closed on Wednesdays

Folk Art Museum

Bangla Academy Established in 1955, the Bangla Academy plays major role in the Bangla cultural scene attempting to uphold Bangla literature, folklore and research. Its library is rich in puthi (hand written books).

Location: Dhaka University Area, Dhaka,
Tel: 8619577, 8619583, Fax: 8612352

E-mail: [email protected]

Bangla Academy

Nazrul AcademyThis institute is named after the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. It offers training and performance programs in music, dance, literature and drama.

Location: House 330B, Road 28 (Old), Dhanmondi, Dhaka
Tel: 9114500, Fax: 9118051, E-mail: [email protected]

Bangladesh Shishu AcademyThe Bangladesh Short Film Forum is an organisation of independent filmmakers outside the commercial film production, exhibition and distribution establishment. The Forum was created in August 1986. Almost all of these young filmmakers were initiated into film through the cine-club movement, which began here during the 1960’s.

Location: Old High Court Road (Opp. Carzon Hall),
Dhaka- 1000,
Tel: 9550317, 9564128

Bangladesh Shishu Academy
Visiting Hour : 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Closed on Sundays
Science MuseumLocated at Agargaon, the museum is a modern learning centre related to the latest scientific discoveries.

Science Museum

Shilpakala AcademyEstablished in 1974, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy plays a great role in cultural cultivation throughout the country. The primary responsibilities are to teach about music, musical instruments, theatre, film, etc. Every two years, Shilpakala Academy arranges the Asian Art Biennial, the largest art exhibition in Asia .

Shilpakala Academy


Location: Segunbagicha, Dhaka-1000, Tel: 9561709, 9562801-4

Bulbul Lolitokola AcademyThe Bulbul Lolitokola Academy is a popular cultural organisation that regularly organises Bengali traditonal cultural performances. It also arranges training and workshops on music and dance to educate young performers.

Location: 7, Wise Ghat, Dhaka- 1100, Tel : 7391838

Bishwa Shahitya Kendra Bishwa shahitya Kendra arranges workshops about reading books all over country. With the motto ‘We want enlightened people’ it plays vital role in cultural and social development since 1978.

Bangladesh Group Theatre FederationThe Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation is the country’s main drama and theatre organisation. It plays a significant role in the development of performing arts.

other Museums in Bangladesh

Army Museum
Dhaka Cantonment, Dhaka
Bangabandhu Memorial Museum
H-10, R-32, Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Tel: 8110046 Visiting Hour: 10:00 am-5:00pm, Closed on Wednesdays
Besides, Dhaka University, Drik, Shilpangon, Bengal Foundation, Alliance Francaise, Goethe Institute, Indian Cultural Center and Jahangirnagar University, The British Council Bangladesh, Russian Cultural Centre, Shommilito Sanskaritik Jyote and Bangladesh Kobita Porishad play a vital role of cultural exhibition and cultivation.

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