The museum has the collections of more than 1100 artifacts of which some 200 were selected for permanent exhibition and augmented with a few recent additions. The majority of exhibits are sculptures of Hindu and Buddhist deities created in the Kathmandu valley of which many in the nearby workshops of Patan itself. Others originated in India, Tibet, and the Western Himalayas. They are accompanied by written commentary explaining their spiritual and art historical significance as part of the cultural heritage of Nepal. The exhibits are also designed to assist in interpreting the living culture that lies beyond the museum’s wall.