Photo: The last great Southeast Asian city!

Drug Elimination Museum

Our rating:


Get a quote for travel insurance today.

The Drugs Elimination Museum in Yangon (Rangoon) is a bizarre must-visit museum for anyone interested in the history of Myanmar’s drug wars. Founded in 2001, the exhibitions traverse war scenes, political history and artwork about the horrors of drug-induced insanity.

Travel better, travel smarter

Save money, receive our latest updates and get the most out of your travels.


A diorama in the Drug Elimination Museum, Yangon

Just say no!

Along with Thailand and Laos, Myanmar helps to form the notorious Golden Triangle, historically one of the world’s biggest opium producing areas. International pressure to prevent opium poppy production — and more recently methamphetamine production in border areas — has led to ongoing eradication efforts, often with varying degrees of success.

Unfortunately the museum’s manner does not reflect the seriousness of this chapter of Myanmar’s past, as the three floors are usually sparsely attended, with staff sleeping in the exhibitions right next to life size figures of generals or under pictures of propaganda. If you wish to wander on your own, be prepared to flick on light switches for the full experience of the interactive dioramas that let you destroy drugs with the press of a button. Another highlight is the “Effects of Drug Abuse” room, eerily similar to a travelling carnival’s haunted house. Getting a museum attendant to give you a tour through the room with photos of actual victims, black light murals and party-animal figurines, is highly recommended.

Exhibition of Stimulant Drugs in the Drug Elimination Museum.

Insanity. Not heaven.

The upper floors show documents related to international cooperation and military battles against the drug trade. Law and policy documentation are on display as committee members decorate the walls along with paintings of Myanmar’s drug elimination work. Displays of actual drugs are neglected and poorly supervised to comical effect. Along with these exhibitions, alternative methods of living without growing drugs are suggested and offered to anyone attending the museum who might or might not be in contact with drug users.

Ecstacy exhibit in the Drug Elimination Museum

“The dangers in using them are much, too much.”

If a taxi driver has a hard time finding the location (address below), let them know it’s just south of Junction Square, close to Pyay Road. With a large cinema and modern shopping centre located in the Square, this holds the ingredients for a day of shopping, lunch and a show.

What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Yangon.
 Check prices, availability & reviews on Agoda or Booking
 Read up on where to eat on Yangon.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Yangon.
 Read up on how to get to Yangon.
 Do you have travel insurance yet? If not, find out why you need it.
 Planning on riding a scooter in Yangon? Please read this.
 Browse the web securely while travelling with TunnelBear. Try with a 7–day free trial.

See below for more sights and activities in Yangon that are listed on

Top of page

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Yangon? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Burma_myanmar.

Top of page