The Taragaon Museum
Museum in Kathmandu near Hyatt Regency Hotel
Taragaon Museum is one of the first modernist yet contemporary architectural structures of Nepal. Designed by the Austrian architect Carl Pruscha, the building project was initiated by a group of women to operate as a hostel for foreigners. Nepal during the 1970s and 80s was a haven for hippies and many of the foreigners made their way to Kathmandu. Many of them who settled here still recall this area as a “Star-Village” or Tara Gaon.
The Taragaon Museum is the preliminary effort of the Saraf Foundation’s work towards preservation. In December 2009 Arun and Namita Saraf, from the Saraf Foundation for Himalayan Traditions and Culture, expressed their wish to renovate and preserve the Taragaon Hotel and turn it into a Documentation Centre –preserving the legacies of artists, writers, photographers, architects and anthropologists from abroad who had contributed in the second half of the 20th century to the identification, archiving and preservation of the cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley. Before 1950, there was no documentation on the Kathmandu Valley, which was (at the time) the largest and oldest surviving Hindu kingdom in the world. With the voluntary opening of its doors to foreign aid organizations came an influx of intellectuals, artists, photographers and writers. The focus of the museum is to preserve their work, which would otherwise be lost. These expatriates, who spent three decades in Nepal and made it their home – travelling far and wide across this Himalayan country – are now returning home. The Taragaon Museum is collecting their contributions, which have never before been collected or recognized.
The museum was opened to the public in April 2014. It exhibits ethnographic photography, architectural drawings of Nepal’s heritage, maps, old landscapes, urban sketches, drawings and etching. Besides its permanent collection, there is a Contemporary Art Gallery, Library, Archiving Centre, Amphitheatre, Café and shops within the museum premises.
To become a contributor to the Taragaon Museum, or to get involved with The Saraf Foundation for Himalayan Traditions & Culture, you may contact
Mr Roshan Mishra
Tel: +977 1 -5178105, 5178334 Ext: 5926
Please check Museum’s website for the opening hours.
Closed on Public Holidays*