The Lacquerware Museum is located on a side street of Old Bagan, not far from Tharabar Gate. It was founded in 1972. It serves as a treasure trove of information, providing a worthwhile visit for tourists.
Fine examples of a large variety of lacquerware artifacts are displayed in the museum and many of them are protected by glass. Some pieces are centuries old, with other pieces from pre-colonial periods. Some artifacts were used by royalty, although most of the lacquerware here was used for religious purposes. And many of them were used as alms bowls.
Visitors can see lacquer products made in the three main lacquerware areas of Myanmar here. The simple designs of Bagan contrast with the more ornate pieces from Mandalay. Furniture, jewelry caskets, alms bowls, and food containers are among the functional pieces. Lacquerware techniques and processes are displayed in the adjacent building. There is also a school on the premises as well as a shop which sells the completed works of the students.