Kathmandu: The Narayanhiti Durbar (Palace) Museum has welcomed more than 2.7 million visitors in nine years of its operation.
The museum was opened for public on 27th February, 2009, following the announcement of a republic in Nepal on 28th May, 2008 with the abolition of around 240-year-old monarchy. It has raised over Rs 230 million from the sale of entry tickets and around Rs 1.5 million as parking fees in this period.
The museum records show that so far, 2,721,485 people have visited it. Of them, 1,145,510 were Nepali students, 1,365,091 were common people, 155,576 were from the SAARC countries and China, 65,308 people had arrived from other countries. The museum charges a Nepali student Rs 20 as entry fees, it is Rs 200 for a visitor from home while Rs 250 for a guest from the SAARC countries and China and Rs 500 for nationals from other countries, according to museum information officer Adait Shrestha.
Till the first nine months of the current fiscal, 235,534 people visited the museum. The collected revenue also includes the vehicles’ parking fees. The museum remains open for public from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm five days in a week (except Tuesday and Wednesday).
The palace that long served as the residence of the then ruling monarchs of Nepal was turned into a museum, following the introduction of a new system in the country.