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The Lumbini Museum, located in the Cultural Zone in the tarai has on display, Mauryan and Kushana coins, religious manuscripts, terracotta fragments, and stone and metal sculptures. It also possesses an extensive collection of stamps from various countries depicting Lumbini and the Buddha.
Lumbini International Research Institute (LIRI), located opposite the Lumbini Museum, provides research facilities for the study of Buddhism and religion in general. Run jointly by the Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) and the Reiyukai of Japan, LIRI has some 12,000 valuable books on religion, philosophy, art and architecture.
Kapilvastu Museum is situated 27 km west of Lumbini in the village of Tilaurakot. The museum has on display coins, pottery and toys dating from the 7th Century B.C. to 4th Century A.D. The museum also showcases a very good collection of jewelry and other ornaments of that period.