Living Traditions Museum
    Living Traditions Museum Gallery 1  is
    established to preserve, protect and present the
    traditional  arts and cultures groups of Nepal,
    honoring their heritage.  The museum has the
    goal of communicating the basic nature of Nepali
    arts and cultures, emphasizing the distinguishing
    qualities unique to each culture, i.e. why things
    are made, how they are made, how they fit into
    the social and religious context.  The museum will
    educate visitors from throughout Nepal to a
    better understanding and appreciation of the
    uniqueness and value of each cultural
    expression leading to an appreciation of how
    diversity enriches the entire country.
    Photographs of making processes, how objects
    are used in daily activities, and special
    ceremonies and rituals  provide contextual

    LTM was founded by Judith Chase, who has
    lived and worked in Nepal for over 35 years,
    trekking all over Nepal, photographing and

    The Collection: Living Traditions Museum
    owns approximately 400 objects, part of which
    are exhibited in the museum, to be enhanced
    and expanded by contributions and purchases in
    the future.  Photographs  provide context for the
    objects including the artists weaving, casting,
    painting, turning, and throwing.  Others reveal
    the life of the objects within various landscapes,
    villages, courtyards, and household interiors as
    well as in rituals and ceremonies.  Photos are
    mostly 25 to 30 years old, so have special
    historic interest.

    Urgency of preserving Nepali traditional
    arts: As times change, education, travel,
    political activities, overpopulation, cinema,
    internet access, tourism and a general shift of
    consciousness have had profound influences on
    traditional cultures.  It is critical to record, save,
    treasure and protect these traditions while they
    still exist.

    The museum is an inspiration for various ethnic
    groups and individuals to loan or donate their
    arts so that public awareness of Nepal’s rich
    cultural heritage is enhanced.   

    The museum exhibition is organized in four
    sections relating to the four major geophysical
    regions of Nepal, with each cultural group
    included in the appropriate area: Terai, Middle
    Hills, Kathmandu Valley and Himalayan Highlands.
Vishnu Temple and Amatya Sattal Living Traditions Museum
Website and support/advice by Jim Danisch
The lives of the Nepali people and their art objects are elegant, vigorous, humorous, vibrant, romantic, sometimes even a bit wild.  The objects are
born -- woven, hammered, carved, turned, painted -- out of the hands of artists both household and professional. Each object expresses something
of its source in forest or clay pit or trade as well as something of the life it has led within a family and its culture. They are enlivened by their
activities with the people -- dancing, grinding, winnowing, weaving, dining, worshipping. A gyanma great coat dances on the sunny slopes of Nyin,
an anti pitcher reflects light as it pours liquor at a Newari feast, the burnished silver of a Maithili hansuli necklace speaks of the years of a woman's
marriage. They dwell and thrive within their home landscapes, villages and homes, feasts, ceremonies and rituals.  

    The earthquake of 25 April 2015 destroyed Living Traditions Museum and most of Changu Narayan.  The collection
    was rescued and is in a safe house until we can rebuild.  Before and after earthquake photos are here.

    Friends of LTM have already generously donated to help re-establish the museum.  You are welcome to donate on
    our Participate Page.