The Narayanhiti Palace opened as a museum from 26th February 2009, nine months after the abolition of monarchy. The museum was formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Ministers, foreign delegates, lawmakers, government officers and other senior citizens attended the inauguration function.
A long line of curious visitors lined up eagerly outside the museum gate when it opened for the public on 27th Feb. Visitors formed long queues to get a look inside the museum that used to be the seat of King until nine months ago when the monarchy was abolished. Nineteen different blocks used by the former royal family, most of them named after the districts, including Tribhuvan Sadan where the 1st June 2001 palace massacre took place, are open for visitors. While parts of the museum are yet to be opened for visitors, the museum currently showcases the belongings of former kings and other royals who lived at the palace. The visitors also get to see the diamond-studded crown and the wardrobes of the former royals.
The entry fee for Nepalese is Rs 100 ( Rs 20 for students), Rs 250 for SAARC nationals and the Chinese while for other foreign visitors a trip inside the museum will cost Rs 500. The museum is open from 11 am till 4 pm.