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While in Pokhara make it a point to visit the International Mountain Museum (IMM) that records, documents, exhibits and chronicles the past and the present development of mountains and mountaineering activities in the world. Built by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), much support was received from various mountaineering clubs and associations as well as individual donors from around the world. The museum primarily provides information and exhibits everything related to Man, Mountain and Mountain activities from around the world. The museum is divided into two sections namely: Mountain People and Mountain.
The exhibition Halls:
Hall of Mountain People: This hall showcases the customs, traditions, heritage, culture and way of life of the mountain peoples.
Hall of World Mountains:
This hall introduces visitors to all fourteen peaks over 8000 m. (known as eight-thousanders) and geological facts about the origin of the world mountain systems. The hall also displays and explains the flora and fauna of the Himalayan region. A section of the museum is dedicated to prominent personalities such as Kumar Khadga Bikrum Shah (founder president of NMA), Dr. Toni Hagen (Renowned geologist who published the first pictorial on the country entitled "Nepal"), Reverend Kawaguchi Ekai (The first Japanese who entered Nepal in 1899), and Dr. Harka Gurung (Renowned scholar, geographer, writer, development planner and first Tourism Minister of Nepal).
Hall of Mountain Activities:
This display dwells on the historical ascents and explorations in and around the mountainous regions, trekking etc. The exhibition also showcases the development of climbing gear and the usual equipments required for mountaineering.