This Museum stands as the second oldest museum after the Annapurna natural History Museum in Pokhara Valley. It is in Naya bazaar, an old bazaar of Pokhara, and main walking route to Tarai. It lies about 15 miutes walk from the city centre of Mahendra-pool bazaar. It was inaugurated on 15 February 1985 by late king Birendra. Now it is looked after by Nepal Government. It has 23 ropanis area surrounded by stone cemented wall.
According to the authority of the Museum, the government of that time planned to establish Regional Museum in each 5 development Regions. Accordingly, 3 regional Museums were established in Dhanakuta, Surkhet and Pokhara, the Regional Headquarters.
Pokhara Regional Museum instituted to represent the Western Region composed of 3 zones and 16 districts. Thus, the Museum is thought to be the storehouse of all artifacts related to art, architecture, science ,culture, history and archaeology which carry an academic value. It represents geographically all those 16 districts, which include the following features:
- Historical, anthropological and social identities of different ethnic groups.
- Artifacts used by those ethnic groups.
- Rituals, practices, objects and procedure.
- Their ethnic practices and professions which are not practiced now, such as Ghumauro Ghar (round house), bamboo Hukka (Habblable) and bamboo kokro (cradle for babies).
The displayed objects are traditional metallic and wooden utensils and dishes; gold, silver and brass jewelries; agricultural and fishery tools; clothes, traditional hunting weapons etc. It displays large collection of ethnic costumes, musical instruments, manuscripts and coins. There are two dummies- one depicting a Hindu wedding practice and another is a dead body, preparing for funeral ceremony. Both are worthwhile for the visitors. Besides these, there are other dummies which represent the life style and culture of different races and castes like Thakali, Tharus, Newars, Brahmins, Gurung, Magars, Damai (tailor), Kamis (black smiths) and Gaines (singers).
There are photos and pictures of dances such as Sorathi dance belonging to Gurung (Tamu) race, Bhairav dance belonging to Newar, Teej dance belonging to Brahmin and Chhetri, etc. In this way, the Western Regional Museum of Pokhara has become a vivid source of information and Knowledge for the visitors, scholars and sociological researchers. “The Regional Museum yet has to expand more”, say the authority of the Museum, “to fulfill the objectives of it, and they are under the planning.”