Foundational Statements

Picture: Rabin Kaji Shakya

Vision:

A state-of-the-art Museum in the Birthplace of the Historical Buddha that sets a new standard for how heritage and art are preserved, presented promoted in Nepal, thereby transforming Lumbini into a major spiritual and cultural centre, shaping a better world inspired by the Buddha’s teachings of compassion, openness and truth.

Mission:

Through our exhibitions, publications, bilingual programmes, educational activities, Internet outreach and special events, the Lumbini Museum will:

Support Nepal Government’s mandate to Safeguard and Pay Tribute to Nepal’s greatest legacy, the Historical Buddha and His ideas.

Preserve and Promote the archaeological and cultural heritage of Lumbini, Kapilvastu, Ramagrama and the Greater Lumbini Area.

Celebrate the Buddha’s Birthplace and His teachings by showcasing the depth and breadth of the Buddhist experience where pilgrims, artists, scholars, institutions and communities come together.

Educate, Inspire and Inform visitors about the Buddha’s core teachings and His journey from Sakya Prince to Founder of one of the world’s great religions.

Stimulate thought, appreciation and conversation on Buddhism and Buddhist art in the most enriching and engaging of ways.

Foster and Embody the legacy of former UN Secretary General U Thant and architect Kenzo Tange’s vision of Lumbini as a centre of universal peace, tolerance and harmony

Picture: The Kiran Man Chitrakar Collection.

An 8th C. CE bas relief depicting the birth of the Buddha. Originally located in Kathmandu Valley, it was photographed by Ganesh Man Chitrakar in the 1970s as part of a critical survey of monuments and statuary in Kathmandu Valley led by the Austrian architect and planner Carl Pruscha. The relief currently resides at the National Museum of Nepal.

Mandate:

The Lumbini Museum will: Assemble a collection of archaeological artifacts and architectural remnants, antiquities, manuscripts, historic and contemporary art works for the permanent exhibitions; The collection will be gathered via archaeological research, donations, loans and commissioning; Loan collections for the temporary exhibitions in collaboration with other Museums and Institutions.

Approach:

With state-of-the art exhibition designs, storytelling and artworks, the Museum’s vision is to not only inform visitors and pilgrims about the historical and cultural significance of Lumbini and the Buddha’s natal landscape but also encourage visitors to travel to other key sites in the Greater Lumbini Area, bringing to light the contemporariness of his core messages, appealing to future generations of Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.

The Museum will not impose a dominant narrative, it will be a confluence of the old and the new: archaeological artefacts found in the Greater Lumbini Area and antiquities from the national collections, juxtaposed with contemporary expressions of Buddhism commissioned by the curatorial team.

The Museum’s objective is to preserve and promote Lumbini by generating international interest in the Birthplace of the Buddha so that Lumbini can fully develop into a major cultural centre and visitors can better understand and reflect on the Buddha’s journey from Sakyan Prince to the founder of one of the world’s great religions/philosophies.

The Museum would share knowledge in the most dynamic and engaging of ways, inspiring visitors to spend more meaningful time in Lumbini; boosting tourism and consequently supporting the local and national economy.