You will not find much about Bhutan Postal Museum either online or in guide books because this is a pretty new museum inaugurated in Nov 2015 only. Though a new place but this should certainly be part of your Bhutan itinerary. Why??
Because, you can get yourself printed on Bhutan stamps at this museum. Yes, you can get your personalized stamps here. Get clicked your picture then and there or give a picture of your near and dear ones and in 10 minutes, you will have your own stamps in your hand. You can put these stamps on picturesque Bhutan postcards and send to your family and friends back home.
This museum is operated by Bhutan Postal Department and you can also get postcards and envelops with beautiful pictures of Bhutan and its culture and heritage. Though you can get the same postcards from any shop in Bhutan but there are various envelops and other postal souvenirs which you will not get anywhere else.
Also, you will be surprised to see pictures and souvenirs in the shape of Phallus (Penis) not only in this museum but through out Bhutan. Phalls (Penis) has a significant significance in Bhutan‘s history and w leave it to you to find more yourself 🙂
There is also another museum in the same compound that shows the postal history of Bhutan and evolution of communications and postal system of the country. We were getting delayed so we skipped visiting the museum and moved on post getting our personalized stamps and shopping souvenirs but it was a very nice experience and will recommend this to all visiting Thimphu.
Location of Bhutan Postal Museum, Thimphu
- Entry fee to Souvenir Shop: Free (You can get your personalized stamps here)
- Charges for Personalized stamps: Nu 200 for a set (including stamps of Nu 170). You can send a postcard to any country by putting stamps of Nu 30 (postcards to be bought separately).
- Entry fee to Postal Museum: SAARC Tourists – Nu. 150; Locals – Nu. 50; All other Tourists: Nu. 250
Bhutan Postal Museum Timings
Good thing is that museum opens on all 7 days including Sunday (Close on Public Holidays)
- Summer Timings (April to October): Daily 9 AM to 5 PM
- Winter Timings (November to March): Daily 9 AM to 4.30 PM