The museum was shut down sine die on March 26 due to the pandemic
Bangladesh National Museum, located in Dhaka's Shahbag area, will reopen to visitors from Sunday, after being closed for seven months because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, tickets of the museum will be sold online instead of the counters at the main gate, for safety reasons. This museum is the storehouse of national culture, from ancient to modern era.
The museum’s Director General Khondoker Mostafizur Rahman on Wednesday confirmed their decision and added that ticket price will remain the same.
He said: “Limited visitors will be allowed entry in order to maintain health safety guidelines and curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. About 200 will be allowed in the morning shift and 300 in the afternoon."
A notice on the museum website also stated that the daily limit of visitors will be kept between 500 and 800 initially.
Before the emergence of the pandemic, 3,000-4,000 visitors used to visit the country’s largest museum daily— which is a four-storey building with a total floor space of 202,116 square feet.
The museum, which houses numerous rare cultural products including Muslin, was closed sine die on March 26, several days after the country recorded the first death from Covid-19.
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After six months of closure due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the government on September 16 reopened all museums and heritage sites under the Department of Archaeology on a limited scale.
However, the National Museum in Shahbag and Ahsan Manjil in Old Dhaka were not included in this reopening decision as they operate under separate authorities.
People can get their tickets by visiting the following websites: http://nationalmuseumticket.gov.bd/ and http://www.bangladeshmuseum.gov.bd/. Interested persons will first have to complete the registration process from the “Buy Ticket” section of the http://nationalmuseumticket.gov.bd/ website. After choosing the desired date and the number of tickets, they have to select the “Purchase eTicket” option.
After completing the payment process through one of the mentioned e-Payment gateways, the ticket(s) will be ready for printing. The printed copy needs to be shown at the e-Ticket counter of the museum during entry.
For a Bangladeshi adult (over 12 years old), the ticket price is Tk20, while it is Tk10 for a Bangladeshi child (3 to 12 years old). Children below three will be allowed to enter the museum free of charge.
Meanwhile, the ticket price is Tk300 for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) country nationals, and Tk500 for the citizens of other countries.
Service charge of (4%) will be applicable for the purchase of every ticket.