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Museums in India

India is a land of cultural and religious diversity and this is evident when you browse through the list of museums in different states in India. There are open-air museums, virtual museums that exist in electronic form on the internet and the private collections have given way to public exhibitions in museums which serve as mediums for education. With increase in tourism in India, museums are being witnessed as cultural institutions and places for conserving, research and display of objects and artefacts having archaeological, artistic, cultural and scientific significance.

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) functions under aegis of Ministry of Culture and is concerned with protection of India's heritage and archaeological researches.

The First Director General of ASI was Alexander Cunningham. There are around 44 site museums functional under the ASI

Gallery of a Museum

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Top Museums of India

The list of museums is endless just like the vast and rich cultural history of India. However, for your convenience, we furnish here the most famous museums in India which are a must visit on your next tour to India!

Government Museum, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Egmore museum was established in 1851. It is also known as Madras museum and is the second oldest museum in India. The oldest museum of India is Indian Museum at Kolkata which was established in 1814.

Address:
Pantheon Road, Egmore, Next Ashoka Hotel,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600008
Timings: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone: 044 2819 3238
Website: http://www.chennaimuseum.org/

Napier museum, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

This is an art and natural history museum located in the capital city of Kerala. It was established in 1880.

Address:
LMS Vellayambalam Road, Opposite PWD Building,
Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695033
Timings: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone: 0471 231 6275


Museum in Jaipur

Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, Jaipur

The museum is located in the City Palace and is the residence of the Jaipur Royal family.

Address:
Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust
The City Palace, Jaipur-3023002 Rajasthan, India
Phone: + 91-141-4088888, + 91-141-4088855
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM, Monday to Saturday
Closed on Sunday
E-mail: info@msmsmuseum.com
Website: http://msmsmuseum.com/

Thanjavur Royal Palace Museum, Thanjavur (Tanjore)

The local name for Thanjavur Maratha Palace Complex (situated within the Vijaynagara Fort complex) is 'Aranmanai' and is the official residence of Bhonsle family who ruled over Tanjore region (1674-1855). There is the Sadar Mahal Palace, Durbar Hall, Queen's courtyard, Raja Serfoji Memorial Hall etc. The museum is located in the Sadar Mahal Palace.

Timings: Saraswathi Mahal Library: 9 AM -1 PM; 3 PM - 6 PM
Open all days except government holidays.


Museum in Tripura

Tripura State Museum at Ujjayanta Palace, Tripura

The Ujjayanta Palace is where past rulers of Tripura lived. Built in 1901, it is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. There is a spacious garden and lake in front of the palace. Famous Indian poet Rabindranath Nath Tagore named the Palace as Ujjayanta Palace. This is the biggest museum of North East India. There are 16 galleries which include historical gallery, archaeological gallery, anthropological galleries etc.

Entry Fee: INR 10
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM
Closed on Mondays

Indian Museum, Kolkata - Oldest and Largest Museum in India

The Indian museum in Kolkata was established in 1814 by the Asiatic Society of Bengal in Kolkata (founded by Sir William Jones in 1784).

The museum houses collections of fossils, mummies, Mughal paintings, antiques, ornaments, armours etc. which have been displayed across 35 galleries! An autonomous institution, it functions under the Ministry of Culture and is the oldest museum in the Asia-Pacific region. The new building has been designed by Walter R Granville and was completed in 1875.


Indian Museum in Kolkata


Visitors to this museum love to have a glimpse of the Egyptian mummy which is not less than 4,000 years old! Other artefacts and antiques in the museum include fossils of prehistoric animals, Buddha's ashes, Indian Emblem -the Ashoka Pillar, Buddhist stupa from Bharhut, collection of meteorites, stone imprint of Buddha's foot, skeletons of elephant and reindeer and other statues of Lord Buddha.

There is the Marshall Wood's statue of young queen Victoria standing aloft at the top of the stairways. Zoological Survey of India is an offshoot of this museum. Thomas Nelson Annandale (1876-1924), a Scottish zoologist was the Director of Zoological Survey of India who has been commemorated by a plague displayed in the museum.

Website: indianmuseumkolkata.org
Founder Curator: Dr Nathaniel Wallich, a Danish Botanist.
Director: Dr. B. Venugopal

Address:
27, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Park Street Area,
Kolkata, West Bengal 700016

Phone: 033 2286 1699
Timings
: 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM

National Museum, New Delhi

National museum in Delhi amalgamates the very old artefacts from Indus Valley Civilization, rare articles from prehistoric era to Mughal era and the most modern work of art!

National museum was established in 1949 with the blueprint for the museum set up by Gwyer Committee set up by the government. It was inaugurated by Governor-General of India, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari in August, 1949. Foundation stone for the present building was laid by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on 12 May, 1955.


National Museum in New Delhi


On the first floor of the museum is the National Museum Institute of History of Arts, Conservation and Museology established in 1983 which is a deemed university and offers courses in Master's and Doctorate in History of Art, Conservation and Museology. Administration and funding is done by Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Tourism.

The National museum has a collection of ancient manuscripts, arms and armour, jewellery, Pre-Columbian art, paintings, articles of archaeological significance such as stone, bronze and terracotta sculptures, miniatures and Tanjore paintings, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Western art collections etc. belonging to Indian and foreign origin.


Gallery Displaying Musical Instruments


Web Address: http://www.nationalmuseumindia.gov.in/
Phone: 011- 23792775
Nearest Metro Station:Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan
Closed on Mondays.

The Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai

Prince of Wales museum in Mumbai (Maharashtra state) has been renamed as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. From old and rare coins, firearms, sculptures to antiques, the collections are enough to garner your utmost interest and educate you about the rich cultural heritage of India.

Prince of Wales museum is especially admired for its architectural excellence (Indi-Saracenic style of architecture). The galleries in this heritage building tell tales of yester years with magnificent collections of art work, sculptures, artefacts and textiles to enchant the visitors. Exhibitions and seminars are held from time to time.


Museum in Mumbai


There are diverse sections for Natural History, Archaeology and Art in the museum. Artefacts in the Prince of Wales museum range from 2000 rare miniature paintings from diverse art schools, ancient sculptures, decorative art works of jade, wood and ivory. There are archaeological artefacts from Indus Valley Civilization, Gupta period and Maurya period, European oil paintings, arms and armour and the very interesting 'Natural History Section' with commendable collection of reptile, mammalian, birds and fishes.

Address:
M.G Road, Fort, Mumbai
Timings: 10:15 AM to 5:00 PM on all days except Mondays
Entry fee: INR 300 (foreign visitors), INR 60 for adults, INR 25 for college Students with ID cards and INR 10 for School Students.
Website: http://csmvs.in/

Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

Salar Jung museum in Hyderabad (Capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states) is famous for artifacts such as ivory, marble sculptures etc. Situated on the banks of river Musi, this museum comprises of the largest one-man collections in the world.


Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad


Address:
Salar Jung Road, Darulshifa, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002

Phone: 040 2457 6443
Phone: 91 040 24576443, 91 040 24523211, 13 Ext: 301
Fax: 040-24572558
E-mail: salarjungmuseum@gmail.com
Website: http://www.salarjungmuseum.in/

The Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad

The Calico Museum of Textiles boasts of the finest textile collections and is housed in an intricately wooden-carved haveli in Ahmedabad. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Ahmedabad.

Textile Museum in Ahmedabad
Address:
Sarabhai Foundation – Calico Museum of Textiles
The Retreat, Opposite Underbridge, Shahibag,
Ahmedabad-380004, Gujarat, India.

Phone 91-79-22868172, 91-79-22865995
(Between 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM except on Wednesdays and Notified Holidays)
E-mail: calicomuseum@gmail.com
Website: http://calicomuseum.org/

The Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh

A building designed by none other than Le Corbusier himself who planned Chandigarh city, has to be special in all aspects! Well, with partition in August 1947, collections were divided between the two countries - India and Pakistan.

The galleries of Government Museum and Art Gallery in Chandigarh display rich collections of Pahari and Rajasthani miniature paintings, Gandharan sculptures etc. Other buildings include Natural History Museum (with manuscripts, art works), Chandigarh Architecture Museum (about planning and architecture of Chandigarh) and National Gallery of Portraits. The museum has an exhibition hall, an auditorium, conservation laboratory and reference library.

Museum in Chandigarh

Address:
Museum complex, Sector 10-C, Chandigarh
Website: http://chdmuseum.gov.in/home/govtmuseum
Timings: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Closed on Mondays, National and Public holidays.)
Entry Fee: INR 10 (No entry fee for children below 12 years and senior citizens.)
Camera Fee: INR 5
Guided tour: Daily at 11:00 AM., 12:00 noon, 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM
(Special guided tour for school children with prior appointment)
Wheelchairs available on request.

Well, once you start touring museums in Chandigarh, you will be surprised to know that there are quite many museums in this place. Why wait then? Embark on a day's educating trip to City museum which was established to commemorate 50th Anniversary of Indian independence in 1997. You will love to see initial sketches on paper when the city was been planned and related models and photographs!

Do visit Museum of Evolution of Life in the same Sector 10 of the city! Relive history from Indus Valley Civilization to the modern era. Opened to the public in August 1973, the museum, with a good reference library, makes for a good place for study of origin of life, extinct races of man and add to your knowledge of Biology, Archaeology, Astronomy and Geology etc.

National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum (NHHM), New Delhi

This museum is in Pragati Maidan is also known as National Crafts Museum. It was established in 1956 and is administered by Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.Facing the Purana Qila complex, the National Crafts museum was initially set up by the relentless efforts of freedom fighter Smt Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay.

Address:
Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Phone: 011 2337 1887
Website: http://nationalcraftsmuseum.nic.in/
Timings: 9.30 AM-5 PM (Monday Closed)

Today, visitors are fascinated by the collections of textiles, crafts of wood and stone, paintings and embroidery work at display here. There are myriad galleries such as Gallery of Popular Culture, Tribal and Rural Craft Gallery and Gallery of Courtly Crafts.


National Crafts Museum


Prized collections comprise of handkerchiefs from Chamba, brocade and Baluchari saris, metal jewellery, Kashmiri 300-year-old ‘dushalas’, Kutch embroidery etc.

There is also a village complex spread across 5 acres depicting village courtyards and dwelling showcasing rural life in India. There are facilities for research, a reference library, conservation lab, auditorium and a photo laboratory. Pragati Maidan, Delhi Metro station. Do you know that Michelle Obama had visited this museum in Delhi in 2010!

Shankar's International Dolls Museum, Delhi

This dolls museum was established on 30th November 1965 and boasts of a collection of around 6,500 dolls! It was set up by political cartoonist K. Shankar Pillai (1902-1989) and is a part of the Children's Book Trust building.

A gift of a doll from Hungarian diplomat gave K. Shankar Pillai the idea of setting up such a museum which houses dolls from all over the globe today! The museum was inaugurated by former President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan.


Dolls Museum in Delhi

Address:
Nehru House 4, Bahadur Shah Zafar Road, ITO,
Near Times Of India, New Delhi,110002
Phone: 011 2331 6970
Website: http://www.childrensbooktrust.com
Timings: 10 AM to 6.00 PM (Without lunch break.)
The ticket counter closes at 5.30 PM
Closed on Monday and gazetted holidays.

International Dolls Museum, Chandigarh

This dolls museum was established in 1985 by Chandigarh administration and Rotary club. A toy train, puppets and dolls collected from different parts of the globe have been displayed here. Kids love to be here with 250 different dolls belonging to diverse nations, depicting varied cultures.

Address:
Sector 23, International Dolls Museum
Chandigarh, India
Director Tourism, Chandigarh Administration: +91-172 2740420, +91-172 2700054
Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)

National Rail Museum, Delhi

Not only children by even adults love to travel by train! Live the experience with your family once again without leaving your city! Yes, there are more than 100 real size exhibits of Indian Railways in National Rail Museum in Delhi - working models, photographs, antique furniture, old coaches like Prince of Wales Saloon built in 1875, Maharaja of Mysore's Saloon built in 1899 and Fairy Queen, built in 1855 which is a steam locomotive engine. Do not miss the ride on the joy train or a peep into the fire engine inside museum premises!

Address:
National Rail Museum
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Phone: 26881816, 26880939
Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Closed on Mondays


Rail Museum  Delhi

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Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation
18-A, D.D.A.SCO Complex,
Defence Colony,New Delhi - 24
Phone: 91-11-24647005, 24698431, 24618026
Fax: 91-11-24697352, 24610500
E-mail: tourism@delhitourism.gov.in

Tourist Central Reservation Office Phone: 91-11-23365358, 23363607
Tourist City Information Service Phone: 91-11-1280

Booking Offices in Delhi:
  • New Delhi Railway Station (Paharganj side, Near Exit Gate no.1) Phone: 011-23741871
  • Delhi Haat - INA Phone: 011-65390009
  • Domestic Airport- T-1 (Arrival) Phone: 011-25675609

Unique Museums in India

You must have heard about fascinating museums all over the world which include Cancun Underwater museum in Mexico, Museum of Bad Art in Somerille or the Museum of Mathematics in New York. Just when you are convinced about the fact that museums are places where ancient artefacts are displayed, there is the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park in Malaysia to surprise you with beautiful, live butterflies.

Well, this is not all! Can you believe that there is a museum in the memory of a cat - Katten Kabinet in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and to top it all up we have the Museum of Toilets in India which aims at educating people in cleanliness and sanitation!

Some of the unique museums in India are Mayong Museum of witchcraft and black magic (Assam), Ahmedabad Kite Museum (Gujarat), Rail Museum in Delhi, Antarang museum Mumbai (Maharashtra) and yes! International Toilet Museum Delhi.

Mayong Museum of Witchcraft and Black Magic

Mayong Museum of Witchcraft

Mayong hill town is known as India’s capital of black magic! Mayong Black Magic and Witchcraft Museum near Guwahati is located at Mayong in Assam. This one is for brave hearts. Be ready for surprises and ... black magic!

Baywatch Wax Museum in Kanyakumari

Baywatch Museum Kanyakumari

That's not all. There are many more fascinating museums with a difference! Baywatch Wax museum in Kanyakumari - the first wax museum in India. Wax models of famous personalities have been displayed for general public here.

Khalsa Heritage Museum in Anandpursaheb


Unique Museums of India

Khalsa Heritage museum in Anandpursaheb in Rupnagar district in Punjab is also known as Virasat-e-Khalsa. Visit the museum and treat yourself to the rich cultural heritage of Punjab and know about Sikhism and the Khalsa Panth - a true educational museum indeed!

Naval Aviation Museum in Goa

Naval Aviation Musuem Goa

For the dreamers who love air planes, there is Naval Aviation museum in Goa. A military museum, it was inaugurated in 1998. Know about aircraft engines and aircrafts: Short Sealand Mk 2,HAL Chetak and Westland Sea King Mk 42. There is another Indian Air Force Museum at Palam in Delhi.

Maritime Museum in Mumbai

Maritime Museum Mumbai

INS Vikrant (R11) was the first aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy and served for 20 long years. You will love to be here and watch the majestic aircraft carrier INS Vikrant (R11) in Maritime Museum located in Cuff Parade in Mumbai (Maharashtra).

Submarine Museum Visakhapatnam

Submarine Museum in Visakhapatnam

There is yet another Submarine museum on Ramakrishna Mission Beach Visakhapatnam/Vizag (Andhra Pradesh) where you can watch out for INS Kursura (S20). Great experience to go out for!

Fossil Park Museum in Himachal Pradesh

Unique museums of India

You have read about fossils in books but never ever seen one. Take a pick at Fossil Park museum located at Saketi near Nahan in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh. It is also popular as Shivalik Fossil Park. Fossils have been preserved here which make for quite a rare treat!

Antarang Museum of Sexual Health Information in Mumbai

Museum of Sexual Health Information in Mumbai

Museums are institutions of education. This is evident from this special type of museum in Mumbai --- Antarang Museum of Sexual Health Information. The art gallery in this museum educates about human body, sexuality and AIDS using exhibitions, visual displays and sculptures.

Paldi Kite Museum in Ahmedabad

Special Museums in India

Ever flown a kite? Yes! Then this one is just for you. Imagine kites of different shapes, sizes, colours and some rare ones too! Come to Paldi Kite Museum in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and better still, plan and participate in the for International Kite Festival during the Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti!

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in Delhi


Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in Delhi

Established in 1992, Sulabh International Museum of Toilets was founded by Dr BIndeshwar Pathak in Delhi. Through this museum, one can learn the historic evolution of toilets from the ancient till the modern times. It has a rare collection of toilets, pictures if toilets and artefacts from all over the world.

Science Museums in India

Museums enlighten and educate you about the cultural heritage of your country. You realize and respect the differences in culture and lifestyle of diverse states in India, know about the hard work done by previous generations in different fields, know about great personalities of India as well as understand the tribal lifestyle - all through museums.

How about studying Science by means of working models? Let us know about Science museums in India!

National Science Centre Museum, New Delhi


National Science Centre Museum

National Science Centre museum caters to kids and aims at enhancing their inclination towards learning science by display of working science models which are actually operated by visitors! There is Human Biology Gallery, the most popular Dinosaur's gallery of animals of Mesozoic era and another that introduces you to great scientists who have won Nobel prize in their respective fields of study. The museum also houses a library, planetarium and a souvenir shop.

Address:
Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
Timings: 10:00am to 9:00 pm (Monday Closed)
Website: http://www.nscdelhi.org/

Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai


Nehru Science Centre Mumbai
(Source: www.nehrusciencecentre.gov.in)

The museum in Nehru Science Centre in Mumbai encourages interactive learning. There are exhibitions and science shows which are educative and entertaining. You can see peacocks in the garden and the 3-D diorama of prehistoric monsters is interesting too.

Website: http://www.nehrusciencecentre.gov.in/
Phone: 022-2493-2667

Birla Museum, Pilani

Birla Museum in Pilani

This is the first Science and Technology museum in India. It was established in 1954 and happens to be the only technological museum which is located in a university campus in India!

The museum comprises of 16 galleries which include Mining Gallery, Art Gallery, Space Gallery, Aerodynamics Gallery and Agriculture Gallery among others. There is G.D. Birla memorial in the honour of the founder Ghanshyam Das Birla.

Timings: 10.00 AM to 12 PM and 1.00 PM to 4.00 PM (Monday closed)
Website: http://www.birlamuseum.in/

Kurukshetra Panorama and Science Centre

Science Museums in India

The Science Centre is located about 1.5 kms. from railway station and is a cylindrical building where exhibitions are held and there are working models for Science lovers. The main attraction is the architecture of this building as also the life- size panorama of the epic battle of Kurukshetra. Chants from the Gita along with lighting enhances the experience.

Entry fee: INR 20 to INR 30
Camera: INR 20 per camera
Taramandal Show: INR 10
Science Demonstration Lecture: INR 10
Parking for Four Wheelers (for 4 hours): INR 20 (INR 10 for Two wheelers)

Free for children below 3.4''feet of height
Defence and Para-military forces in uniform

B.M. Birla Science Centre Museum, Hyderabad


B.M. Birla Science Centre

The B.M. Birla Science Centre Museum in Hyderabad sees excessive footfalls throughout the year. Regular seminars and lectures are organized here on relevant topics related to Science.
The artefacts that you see here may be 4,000 years old! There is a Dinosarium and Art Gallery too in the museum complex.

Address:
Adarshnagar Near Birla Temple,
Naubat Pahad, Hyderabad,
Andhra Pradesh, India
Phone: +91-40-23235081
Website: http://www.birlasciencecentre.org

Archaeological Museums in India

Archaeological Museums in India
(Source: asi.nic.in)

For those interested in archaeology, there are a number of museums to satisfy their curious minds on this subject. The concept of storing ancient antiquities was first conceived by the Asiatic Society of Bengal. However, the first museum was started in 1814 in Calcutta. The Archaeological Survey of India maintains the cultural and historical heritage of the nation through the various museums spread across India. For a complete list of archaeological museums in India, click here

Taj Museum, Taj Mahal
Smt. Kamei Athoilu Kabui, Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Taj Museum,
Archaeological Survey of India,
Taj Mahal, Agra,
Uttar Pradesh
Ph: 0562-6543823

Archaeological Museum, Aihole
Shri M. Kalimuthu,
Assistant Archaeologist, Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Aihole – 587 201,
District Bagalkot, Karnataka
Ph: 08351-284551 (t-f)

Archaeological Museum, Amaravati
Babuji Rao Cherukuri
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Amaravati- 522 022 District Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
Ph: 08645-255225 (t-f)

The Archaeological Museum, Badami
Shri N.C. Prakash, Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Badami – 587 201,
District Bagalkot, Karnataka
Ph: 08357-220157 (t-f)

The Archaeological Musuem, Gol Gumbaz Complex
Udai Anand Shastri
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur –586 101 Karnataka,
Ph: 08352-250725 (t-f)

Archaeological Museum, Bodhgaya
Shri S.K. Sinha, Assistant Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Bodhgaya, District Gaya, Bihar
Ph: 0631-2200739 (t-f)

Archaeological Museum, Chandragiri
G. Thirumoorthy,
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Rajah Mahal, Chandragiri –517 101, District Chittoor,
Andhra Pradesh
Ph: 08772-276310 (t-f)

Archaeological Museum, Chanderi
Afsar Adil Hashmi
Asstt. Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India,
Chanderi – 473446,
District Ashoknagar,
Madhya Pradesh
Ph: 07547-280088 (t-f)

Fort Museum, Fort, St. George
Ms. K Moortheeswari,
Deputy Superintending Archaeologist,
Fort Museum,
Archaeological Survey of India,
Fort St. George, Chennai –600 009, Tamil Nadu Ph: 044-25671127; 25670854

Deeg Museum
Shri. B.R. Singh,
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Deeg Palace Museum,
Archaeological Survey of India,
Deeg- 321203 District Bharatpur, Rajasthan

Indian War Memorial Museum, Red Fort
Mumtaz Mahal Museum
Swantratata Senani Museum
Swatantrata Sangram Sanghralaya

Archaeological Museum, Purana Qila
Vishnu Kant Kulshreshta , Assistant Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Purana Qila,
New Delhi- 110003.
Ph: 011-24355387

Archaeological Museum, Gwalior

Shri Manual Joseph,
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India,
Gwalior Fort, Gwalior- 474008 (Madhya Pradesh)
Ph: 0751-2481259 (t-f)

Archaeological Museum, Halebid
C.S. Seshadri,
Assistant Archaeologist, Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Halebidu - 573121 District Hassan, Karnataka
Ph: 08177-273227

Archaeologist, Indian War Memorial
Dr. Piyush Bhatt , Assistant SuperintendingMuseum, Archaeological Survey of India, Red Fort, Delhi- 110006.
Ph: 011-23273703

Archaeological Museum, Hampi
Dr. P.S. Sriraman,
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Hampi, District Bellary, Karnataka Ph: 08394-241561 (t-f)

Archaeolgical Museum, Jageshwar
Assistant Archaeologist, Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Jageshwar – 263 623
District Almora, Uttarachal
Ph: 05962-263108

Archaeological Museum, Kalibangan
Shri B. R. Singh,
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India,
Kalibangan- 335 803
District Hanumangarh, Rajasthan
Ph: 01508-233116

Archaeological Museum, Kangra
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Kangra Fort, Kangra,
Himachal Pradesh
Ph: 01892-261232

The Archaeological Museum, Khajuraho
Rajendra Dehuri
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Khajuraho- 464661
District Chattarpur,
Madhya Pradesh
Ph: 07686-272320 (t-f)

Koch Bihar Palace Museum

Shri D.K. Singh, Assistant Superintending Archaeologist, Cooch Bihar Palace Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Cooch Bihar Palace
Cooch Bihar–776 101
(West Bengal )
Ph: 03582-227348
Mattanchery Palace Museum, Kochi (Kerala)
M. Kalimuthu,
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India,
Mattancherry Palace,
Kochi – 682002, Kerala


Archaeological Museum, Konarak

Shri Prasanna Kumar Dikshit,
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India,
Konark- 752 111
District Puri, Orissa
Ph: 06758-236822

Archaeological Museum. Kondapur
K. P. Mohandas,
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Kondapur-502 306 District Medak, Andhra Pradesh
Ph: 08455-253625 (t-f)

1857 Memorial Museum, Residency Lucknow
Smt. Lilly Dhasmana,
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Survey of India,
1857 Memorial Museum,
Residency,
Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)

Archaeological Museum, Lothal
Shri Rajeev Ku. Pandey,
Assistant Archaeologist, Archaeological Museum,
Lothal Burkhi-382 230
Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Ph: 02714-294274

Hazarduari Palace Museum, Murshidabad
Shri Nayan Anand Chakraborthy , Assistant Superintending Archaeologist, Hazarduari Palace Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, District Murshidabad –742 160 West Bengal
Ph: 03482-270334

Archaeological Museum, Nagarjunakonda
Deputy Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Nagarjunakonda Zone,
Vijayapuri South, District Guntur-522 439 (Andhra Pradesh) Ph: 08642-278107 (t-f)

Archaeological Museum, Ratnagiri

Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India,
Ratnagiri –754 236
District Jaipur, Orissa
Ph: 06725-240004

Archaeological Museum, Ropar
Gautam Haldar,
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India,
Ropar, District Rupnagar,
Punjab
Ph: 01881-221230 (t-f)

Archaeological Museum, Sarnath
Ajay Srivastava
Dy. Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum,
Archaeological Survey of India,
Sarnath District Varanasi,
Ph: 0542-2595095 Fax: 0542-2595096

Archaeological Museum, Sanchi

Ms. R. Radha Ballabhee
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India,
Sanchi- 464661 District Raisen, Madhya Pradesh
Ph: 07482-266611 (t-f)

The Archaeological Site Museum, Sri Suryapahar
Shri Salam Shyam Singh,
Assistant Archaeologist, Archaeological Museum Archaeological Survey of India, Sri Suryapahar, District Goalpara, Assam

Tipu Sultan Museum, Srirangapatna
Shri Krishna,
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Tipu Sultan Museum,

Archaeological Survey of India,
Daria Daulat Bagh,

Srirangapatna, District Mandya, Karnataka
Ph: 08236-252023

Archaeological Museum, Tamluk
Shri D.N. Sinha, Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Tamluk- 721 636 East Midnapore, West Bengal
Ph: 03228-266773

Archaeological Museum, Thanesar
Shri Jitendra Sharma,
Assistant Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India,
Sheikh Chilli's Tomb,Thanesar, Haryana
Ph: 01744-235922 (t-f)

Archaeological Museum, Vaishali
Neeraj Kumar Sinha
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India,Vaishali, District Vaishali, Bihar
Ph: 06224-229404 (t-f)

Archaeological Museum, Vikramshila
D.N. Sinha,
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Vikramshila, (Antichak)

The Archaeological Museum, Nalanda
Bimal Kr. Sinha ,
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Nalanda District Nalanda,
Bihar
Ph: 06112-281824

The Archaeological Museum, Old Goa

Shri S.K. Bagi,
Assistant Archaeologist, Archaeological Museum,
Archaeological Survey of India, Old Goa-403402
Ph: 0832-2285302

Archaeological Museum, Ratnagiri
Shri Prasanna Kumar Dikshit ,
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India,
Ratnagiri –754 236
District Jaipur, Orissa
Ph: 06725-240004

Folk and Cultural Museums in India

India is known for its rich cultural heritage. Every state has its own language, traditions, festivals and costumes and yet India is connected with a single thread of brotherhood, love and unity! Yes, Indians are proud of their culture. Yes, you can know about Indian culture by visiting cultural and folk museums! Let us know about these museums in India -

Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art, Manali

Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art

This museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art, Manali is located in the vicinity of Hidimba Devi Temple at Manali, about 2 kms. from the main town of Manali. The museum was established in 1998 by J.R. Sood and displays folk art, culture and even extinct traditions of Himachal Pradesh.

Address:
Utopia Complex, Manali
Himachal Pradesh
Entry ticket: INR 10
Website: http://himachalmuseum.com/

Karnataka Folk Museum near Bangalore

Karnataka Folk Museum

This museum is also popular as Janapada Loka and is located about 53 kms. from Bangalore. Masks, and other rare costumes and items are displayed in this museum.

Address:
Sheshadripuram, Kumara Park West,
Bangalore

Lok Sangrah, Folk Cultural Museum, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand

Cultural Museums in India

Established by Yashodhar Mathpal, an artist and archaeologist, this museum is a living folk art museum. There are cave paintings from Madhya Pradesh state to regale you! Lok Sanskriti Sanghrahalaya - Museum of Folk Culture was founded in 1983 and displays a collection of paintings and sculptures. It preserves around 300 paintings (including water colours on folk life) in the Art Gallery and also boasts of a library. You get an insight into the Kumaoni way of life.
Address:

Folk Cultural Museum
Geetadham, PO Bhimtal, Uttarakhand
Phone: +91-9235172456

Butterfly Research Centre in Bhimtal is housed in a 150 year old bungalow and exhibits a collection of 240 species of butterflies (out of the 1,300 species found in India)! It is located in Bhimtal, this is truly a place to go for the lovers of nature.

Udaipur Folk Museum, Rajasthan

Udaipur Folk Museum

Also known as Bharatiya Lok Kala Folk Museum, this is a folk-art museum has an incredible collection of masks, dolls, paintings, puppets, musical instruments, puppets etc. Scholars come here for research work and is a popular museum in Udaipur. This museum was established by Devilal Samar in the year 1952 to preserve art and culture of Rajasthan.

Entrance fee: INR 20 (locals), INR 35 (foreigners) per person
Photo Camera fee: INR 20 per camera
Video Camera fee: INR 50 per camera
Timings: 9.00 AM to 6 PM daily

D.N. Majundar Museum of Folk Life and Culture, Lucknow

This museum was established in 1975 by Ethnographic and Folk Culture Society, Lucknow. It has done well to preserve the tribal art, craft, artefacts and collections pertaining to tribals belonging to U.P. and M.P.

Address:
D. N. Majumdar Museum of Folk Life and Culture
C-24, K Road, Mahanagar Extension,
Lucknow-226006 Uttar Pradesh, India
Phone: 0522-2372362
E-mail:- efcs@sancharnet.in

Shreyas Folk Museum, Ahmedabad

Shreyas Folk Museum
(Source: http://www.gujarattourism.com/)

The museum was established in 1977 with the aim of preserving the art and culture of Gujarat. It is located in the Shreyas Tekra hill of Ambavadi near Sabarmati. You will be amazed seeing the leather work, paintings, animal decorations, wood carving and metal work displayed in the museum. Calico Museum of Textiles is another famous museum in Ahmedabad.

Timings: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Closed on Monday

Anthropological Museums in India

Our knowledge about museums will only be complete when we know about the Anthropological museums in India -

The Museum of Anthropology and Development, Allahabad

Anthropological Museum in India

Also known as Manav Vikas Sangrahalaya, this museum was established in 2001. There are two galleries in the museum - Manav Vikas ki Katha and Ganga River Culture gallery. Research projects are also being carried out here and the museum is working in collaboration with Anand Bhawan (Allahabad),State Department of Culture, IGRMS (Bhopal) KIT Tropen Museum, Amsterdam.

Address:
Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute
Jhusi, Allahabad - 211019
Uttar Pradesh, India
Phone: +91-0532-2569206, 2569214, 2567802, 2569204
Telefax: +91-0532-2569206
E-mail: mail@gbpssi.org.in

National Museum, New Delhi

National Museum Delhi

The anthropology collection of National museum comprises of around 10,000 anthropological objects, with special attention to the culture and lifestyle of tribal people. You will be able to see their smoking pipes, costumes, headgears, craft items, puppets and even musical instruments etc.

Phone: 011- 23792775
Closed on Mondays

Anthropological Museum in Mysore, Karnataka

This museum displays a collection of weapons, armours etc. which tribal communities of South India use in day to day life. There are around 1,000 such artefacts including bows, knives, ornaments, baskets and earthen utensils displayed in the museum. This is not all! Even the legends, myths, folk songs, folk music and folk tales have been recorded.
Address:
Manav Bhawan, Bogadi
Mysore, Karnataka

Government Museum, Chennai

Museums in Chennai

From life of ancient man to artefacts of iron age, collection of Palaeolithic and Neolithic tools, ancient pottery and ornaments, megaliths etc. you can know about the culture of ancient South Indians by visiting thus museum.

Anthropological Museum, Port Blair

Anthropological Museums in India

This museum in Port Blair is one of the best in this city and showcases the lifestyle of indigenous tribal communities by means of photos, artefacts, and other ancient collections. If you want to learn more about tribal people of South Andaman Island, this is a place you must visit. Displayed items include baskets, jewellery, tribal weapons (used for fishing and hunting), utensils, clothes etc.

You get the opportunity to know more about indigenous tribes like Jarawa,Shompen and Onge. The museum also flaunts a gift shop. So, carry your experience with you in the form of a souvenir!

Address:
Phoenix Bay, Port Blair,
Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Anthropological Museum, Jagdalpur, Chattisgarh

Anthropological Museum

Set up in 1972, this museum displays the tribal culture of Bastar region which has a large tribal population. You are introduced to the rich tribal crafts and culture and other traditions of the tribal population.

Address:
Zonal Anthropological Museum
Dharampura, Jagdalpur, Chattisgarh, India

Cellular Jail National Memorial Anthropological Museum, Port Blair

Cellular Jail in Andamans

The jail is a National Memorial today and is constructed of cells which were used to confine freedom fighters under solitary confinement. It was established by the British in 1906. Indian tri-colour flag was hoisted on 30th December 1943 by freedom fighter Netaji Subash Chandra Bose to proclaim Independence near the jail. Sound and light show 'Son-et-Lumiere' show is displayed everyday inside the jail premises.


Show Timings: 6.00 PM (Hindi) and 7.15 PM (English)
Closed on Monday
Museum Timings: 9.00 AM to 12 Noon and 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM.

Zonal Anthropological Museum, Nagpur

Anthroplogical Museum in Nagpur

The museum showcases human origin and the rich cultural heritage of India through the display of artefacts and other ancient collection of objects and articles of tribal communities belonging to Indian States such as M.P., U.P., Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

Address:
Seminary Hills, Nagpur

Navy Museums in India

India is home to number of naval museums which displays different navy ships and weapons used over the years. Some musuems also display all the different uniforms worm at different times of the year.

Navy Museum GoaNaval Aviation Museum, Goa

Address:
Naval Aviation Museum (estd. in 1998)
Bogmalo, Bogmalo Road off National Highway 17
South side of Dabolim Airport, Goa
Entry Charge: INR 20 for adults
Cameras are allowed, but would be charged separately.
Timings: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Navy Museum in IndiaSubmarine (Ex-Kursura) Museum, Visakhapatanam

Address:
RK Beach, Visakhapatanam, Andhra Pradesh

Maritime Museum in KochiMaritime Museum, Kochi

Timings: 09:30 to 1:00 PM and 2:00 to 6:00 PM
Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam (12 kms.)
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (44 kms.)

Navy Museum in Port BlairSamudrika Marine Museum, Port Blair

Address:
Haddo Road, Port Blair
Entry Charges: Adult: INR 20, Child: INR 10
Camera Charges: INR 20, Video Charges: INR 50
Timings: 9.00 AM-1.00 PM and 2.00 PM- 5.00 PM
Closed on Monday

Maritime Museum MumbaiNational Maritime Museum, Mumbai

Address:
National Maritime Museum, Mumbai
Fort, Mumbai- 400001, Maharashtra

Military and War Museums in India

When the country sleeps, our soldiers keep vigil and protect our country. Let us enter the world of Military and War museums and refresh our knowledge about war and peace! Military and war museums in India are furnished below -

Military and War museums in IndiaCavalry Tank Museum, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

Address:
Cavalry Tank Museum
Indian Armoured Corp., Ahmednagar, India
Timings:
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entry Charges:
INR 10 per person.

Indian Airforce Museum PalamIndian Air Force Museum, Palam, Delhi

Address:
Indian War Memorial Museum
Located in the Naubat Khana, Red Fort, Delhi

INS Vikrant MuseumINS Vikrant (R11)

Address:
INS Vikrant Ship Naval Dockyard Museum,
Mumbai, Maharashtra

List of Museums in States and Union Territories (UT) of India


From education to intellectual stimulation, museums are playing a wider part for the masses today. Let us know more about museums in India in different states and Union Territories of India. The Union territories of India include Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep, National Capital Territory of India (NCT) and Puducherry.

1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands (UT)

  • Marine Museum of Zoological Survey of India, Port Blair
  • Anthropological Museum, Port Blair

2. Andhra Pradesh

  • INS Kursura (S20), Visakhapatnam
  • Victoria Jubilee Museum, Vijayawada
  • Visakha Museum, Visakhapatnam
  • Amaravati Museum, Amaravati
  • Nagarjuna Konda Museum, Guntur
  • Kolanupaka Museum, Kolanupaka
  • A.P. State Museum, Hyderabad
  • The Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad
  • The Nizam's Museum, Hyderabad

3. Arunachal Pradesh

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Museum, Itanagar (Nehru Memorial Museum)
  • State Museum, Itanagar

4. Assam

  • Assam State Museum, Guwahati
  • Mayong Central Museum and Emporium, Mayong
  • Shankardev Kalakshetra, Guwahati
  • Guwahati Planetarium, Guwahati

5. Bihar

  • Patna Museum, Budha Marg, Patna
  • Jananayak Karpoori Thakur Memorial Museum, Deshratna Marg, Patna
  • Chandra Dhari Museum, Darbhanga
  • Maharaja Lakshmishwar Singh Museum, Darbhanga
  • Bhagalpur Museum, Bhagalpur
  • Sitaram Upadhayay Museum, Buxar
  • Chandra Shekhar Singh Museum, Jamui
  • Chapra Museum, Chapra
  • Gaya Museum, Gaya
  • Bihar Sharif Museum, Bihar Sharif (Nalanda)
  • Nardaha Museum, Nawada

6. Chandigarh (UT)

  • International dolls museum, Chandigarh
  • Museum of evolution of life, Chandigarh

7. Chhattisgarh

  • Raipur Open-Air Museum (Also known as 'Purkhouti Muktangan' )
  • Human Science Museum

8. Dadra and Nagar Haveli (UT)

9. Daman and Diu (UT)

  • Diu Museum, St. Thomas Church building
  • Shell Museum, near Nagoa beach, Airport East
  • Sea Shell Museum, Bunder road, Gogola
  • Science Museum, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Daman

10. Goa

  • Goa Chitra Museum, Benaulim
  • Goa Science Centre, Panaji (Panjim)
  • Goa State Museum, Pato, Panaji
  • Indian Naval Aviation Museum, Mormugao, Goa
  • Museum of christian Art, Old Goa Corlim, Goa

11. Gujarat

  • Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery, Vadodara established in 1894.
  • Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery, Vadodara
  • Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Ahmedabad
  • Gujarat Science City, Ahmedabad
  • Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, Ahmedabad
  • Kaba Gandhi No Delo, Rajkot
  • Kirti Mandir, Porbandar (Memorial Temple built in honour of Mahatma Gandhi)
  • Kutch Museum, Bhuj
  • Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, Vadodara
  • Sanskar Kendra, Ahmedabad
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial, Ahmedabad
  • Swaminarayan Museum, Ahmedabad
  • Watson Museum, Rajkot

12. Haryana

  • 'Dharohar', a museum in Kurukshetra University
  • Sri Krishna Museum, Kurukshetra (estd. 1987)
  • Urusvati Museum of Folklore, Madhram, Gurgaon
  • State Museum, Kurukshetra
  • Site Museum, Pinjore
  • Zonal Museum, Hisar

13. Himachal Pradesh

  • Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamshala (estd. in 1970)
  • Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala
  • Shivalik Fossil Park, Saketi
  • Shimla State Museum (estd. 1974)
  • Kangra Art Gallery, Dharamshala (estd.1990)
  • Bhuri Singh Museum (Named after ruler of Chamba, Famous for 'Chamba rumaals')
  • Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery, Naggar, Kullu district (Named after famous Russian painter)

14. Jammu and Kashmir

  • Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum of Central Asian and Kargil Trade Artifacts
  • Sri Pratap Singh Museum (popularly known as SPS Museum), Srinagar

15. Jharkhand

  • Ranchi Science Centre, Ranchi
  • State Museum, Hotwar, Ranchi (Capital city)
  • Rupayan Museum, Mandu
  • Russi Modi Centre of Excellence, Jamshedpur (Steel city)
  • Ranchi Museum or Tribal Research Institute Museum, Morabadi, Ranchi

Also Read

Museums in Jamshedpur

16. Karnataka

  • Government Museum and Art Gallery, Bangalore (established in 1865)
  • Archaeological Museum, Hampi, Bellary
  • Cubbon's Park Museum, Cubbon Park, Bangalore
  • The Folklore Museum or Janapada Museum, Manasagangothri Campus of the University of Mysore
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Aerospace Museum, Bangalore
  • Hastha Shilpa Heritage Village, Manipal, Udupi (In construction phase and will house 8 museums due to efforts of Vijayanath Shenoy)
  • Indira Gandhi Manav Sangrahalaya, A National Museum in Mysore
  • Janapada Loka, Ramnagara, Bangalore (Displays cultural heritage of Karnataka)
  • Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Mysore
  • Keladi Museum
  • Manjusha Museum, Dharmasthala
  • Rail Museum, Mysore
  • Sculpture Gallery, Badami, Bagalkot
  • Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangalore (built to commemorate Sir M. Visveswaraya)
  • Art Gallery of Sriranga Ranga Mahiti and Samshodana Kendra, Mysore
  • Bendre Bhavana, Dharwad
  • Kavishaila Museum, Kuppalli
  • Melody World Wax Museum, Siddhartha Layout, Mysore
  • Rangayana Museum, Mysore
  • Shashwati Museum, Bangalore
  • The Kempegowda Museum, Bangalore
  • Gandhi Museum, Bangalore
  • National gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore

Also Read:

Museums in Mysore


17. Kerala

  • Napier Museum, Thiruvananthapuram (established in 1855)
  • Arakkal Museum, Ayikkara
  • Teak Museum, Nilambur
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Police Museum, Kollam
  • Krishnapuram Palace, Kayamkulam
  • Indo-Portuguese Museum, Kochi
  • Vallathol Museum, Thrissur
  • Mural Art Museum, Thrissur
  • Archaeological Museum, Thrissur
  • Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum, Thrissur
  • Indian Business Museum, Kozhikode
  • Kerala Soil Museum, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Pazhassi Raja Archaeological Museum, Kozhikode
  • Wayanad Heritage Museum, Ambalavayal
  • Kerala Folklore Museum, Thevara, Kochi
  • Maritime Museum, Kochi

Also Read:
Museums in Kochi

18. Lakshadweep (UT)

  • Golden Jubilee museum located at Agatti Island
  • Marine Aquarium, Kavaratti

19. Madhya Pradesh

  • Central Museum, Bhopal
  • State Museum, Dhubela in Nowganj (An archeological museum)
  • Birla Museum, Bhopal (estd. in1971. The museum is near Birla Mandir)
  • Bharat Bhavan, Shamla Hills, Bhopal
  • Maharaja Jiwaji Rao Scindia Museum, Bhopal (estd. 1964)
  • Archaeological Museum, Gwalior
  • Archaeological Museum, Sanchi
  • Archaeological Museum, Khajuraho
  • Rani Durgavati Museum, Jabalpur
  • Shivpuri Museum
  • State Museum, Bhopal

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20. Maharashtra

  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Price of Wales museum) established in 1922.
  • Cowasji Jehangir Hall, Mumbai is a modern art museum established in 1911.
  • Antarang – Sex Health Information Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • The Arts Trust – Institute of Contemporary Indian Art, Mumbai
  • Ballard Bunder Gatehouse, Mumbai
  • Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai (Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Earlier known as Victoria and Albert Museum is the oldest museum in Mumbai.)
  • Cavalry Tank Museum, Ahmednagar
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai
  • Cowasji Jehangir Hall, Mumbai
  • Darshan Museum, Pune
  • Indian Institute for Research in Numismatic Studies, Nashik
  • Joshi's Museum of Miniature Railway, Pune
  • Mahatma Phule Museum, Pune
  • Mani Bhavan, Mumbai
  • Nagpur Central Museum
  • Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai
  • Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune
  • Raman Science Centre, Nagpur
  • Siddhagiri Gramjivan Museum (Kaneri Math), Kolhapur
  • Shree Chhatrapati Shahu Museum, Kolhapur
  • INS Vikrant (R11), Mumbai
  • National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai


21. Manipur

  • Manipur State museum, Kangla, Imphal
  • Manipur Science Museum, Takyel Road, Imphal, Manipur
  • Tribal Museum and Research Centre, Imphal, Manipur
  • Zogam Tribal Museum, Churachandpur, Manipur
  • Sekta Archaeological Living Museum, Sekta Village near Imphal, Manipur
  • Police Museum, Imphal (estd. 1991)
  • Agriculture Museum, Imphal
  • Biological Museum, Imphal
  • Medical Museum, Lamphel
  • Orient Museum, Tamenglong
  • Anthropological Museum, Canchipur
  • Children's Museum cum Doll House, Imphal
  • Manipur University Museum, Canchipur
  • Mutua museum, Imphal
  • People's museum, Kackching Bazar

22. Meghalaya

  • Meghalaya tribal Research Institute
  • State Museum of Meghalaya (estd 1975, Also known as Williamson Sangma Museum)
  • Meghalaya Butterfly Museum (located 1 km. from Shillong, Capital city of Meghalaya)
  • Meghalaya Botanical Garden and Museum (located 2 kms. from Shillong)
  • Arunachal Pradesh Museum (located 3.5 kms. from Shillong)
  • Bishnu Museum, Shillong
  • Zonal Anthropological Museum, Shillong

Also Read:
Museums in Shillong

23. Mizoram

  • Mizoram State Museum, Aizawal
  • Lunglei District Museum
  • Mizoram Science Centre, Berawtiang

24. Nagaland

  • State Museum, Kohima (estd. 1970)

Also Read:
Museums in Kohima

25. Orissa

  • Orissa State Museum
  • Regional Museum of Natural History, Bhubaneswar
  • Archaeological Museum, Konark
  • Museum of Man, Bhubaneshwar
  • Dhenkanal Science Centre, Dhenkanal
  • Behrampur Branch Museum
  • Ganjam District Museum, Orissa

26. Puducherry (Formerly Pondicherry)

  • Bharathiyar Memorial Museum cum Research Centre, Puducherry (In honour of the work of poet Bharathiyar)
  • Puducherry Museum, Puducherry (estd. 1983)

Also Read:
Museums in Puducherry

27. Punjab

  • Virasat-e-Khalsa (established in 2011, showcases Sikhism), Anandpur Sahib
  • National Institute of Sports, Patiala
  • Sanghol Museum, Sanghol
  • Sikh Ajaibghar, Balongi
  • Central Sikh Museum, inside Harmandir Sahib complex, Amritsar
  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, Amritsar
  • Museum of Rural Life of Punjab, Situated in Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana
  • Archaeological Museum, Ropar
  • Sheesh Mahal Museum and Art Gallery, Patiala
  • Moti Bagh Palace and Museum, Patiala
  • Museum of Armoury and Chandeliers, Patiala

28. Rajasthan

  • City Palace Museum, Jaipur (Foundation stone laid by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II in 1959.
  • Ajmer Government Museum (located in the fort and estd. in 1908)
  • Archaeological Museum, Ajmer (Located in Dil-e-Aaram Gardens)
  • Fort Museum, Junagarh Fort
  • Folklore Museum, Jaisalmer
  • Government museums in Alwar, Jodhpur, Kota, Mandore, Ajmer, Mount Abu, Jaisalmer, Bangar, Jhalawar, Udaipur, Bharatpur, Bikaner
  • Archaeological Museum, Udaipur
  • Archaeological Museum, Ganganagar
  • Danmal Mathur Museum, Ajmer
  • Government Museum and Palace, Amber
  • Jaigarh Fort Museum, Amber
  • Mehrangarh Museum, Jodhpur
  • Museum and Saraswati Bhandar, Kota
  • Sir Chhotto Ram Memorial Museum, Sangaria
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, Jodhpur
  • Birla Museum, Jhunjhunu
  • Botanical Museum, Jodhpur
  • Government Central Museum, Jaipur
  • Maulana Abul Kalam Azam Arabic and Persian Research Institute, Tonk
  • Rajputana Museum, ajmer
  • S.R.C. Museum of Indology and University Institute of Orientology, Jaipur

Also Read:
Museums in Jaipur
Museums in Jaisalmer

29. Sikkim

  • Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok

30. Tamil Nadu

  • Annai Library and Museum, Kanchipuram
  • Archaeological Site Museum, Dharmapuri
  • Art Gallery, Thanjavur
  • Art Gallery, Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
  • Art Museum, Madhurai
  • Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai (CLRI)
  • College Museum, Coimbatore
  • Department of Anatomy, Vellore (Museum of Anatomy)
  • The Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, Chennai
  • District Science Centre (National council of Science Museum) Tirunelveli
  • Fort George Museum, Chennai
  • Gass Forest Museum, Coimbatore
  • Government Museum in Chennai (largest Museum in Tamil Nadu), Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Erode, Kanyakumari, Krishnagiri, Madhurai, Pudukkottai, Salem, Sivaganga, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Tiruvayur, Ooty, Vellore, Pudukkottai (Second largest museum in Tamil Nadu)
  • K. Sreenivasan Art Gallery and Textile Museum, Coimbatore
  • Kalaimagal Meenakshisundram Archaeological Learning and Research Centre, Erode
  • Madras Regiment War Museum, Wellington (Nilgiris)
  • Marine Biology Museum, Parangipettai
  • Padmanabhapuram Palace, Thuckalai
  • Raja Raja Cholan Museum, Thanjavur
  • Saraswati Mahal Museum, Thanjavur
  • Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple Museum, Srirangam
  • Sri Vasavi College History Museum, Erode
  • Tamil University Museum, Thanjavur
  • Theosophical Society Museum, Chennai
  • Mahakavi Bharathi Memorial Library, Erode
  • Regional Railway Museum, Chennai
  • Railway Heritage Centre, Tiruchirappalli

Also Read:
Museums in Chennai

31. Telangana

  • Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad (Established in 1951, it is the largest collection of antiques of an individual in the world.)
  • Veiled Rebecca of Salar Jung Museum
  • AP State Archaeology Museum, Hyderabad
  • Birla Science Museum, Hyderabad
  • City Museum, Hyderabad
  • The Nizam's Museum, Hyderabad

32. Tripura

33. Uttar Pradesh

  • Swaraj Bhavan, Allahabad established as a museum in 1970.
  • Allahabad Museum, Allahabad
  • Kanpur Sangrahalaya, Kanpur
  • Government Museum, Mathura
  • Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal and Green Garden, Noida
  • Sarnath Museum, Sarnath
  • Swaraj Bhavan (old Anand Bhavan), Allahabad
  • Jal Mahal (in Taj Mahal, estd. in 1982)
  • State Museum, Lucknow
  • Bal Sangrahalaya, Lucknow
  • Archaeological Museum, Varanasi. Also in Haridwar and Sarnath.
  • Maharaja Banaras Vidya Mandir Museum, Varanasi
  • Ram Katha Museum, Ayodhya
  • Botany Museum, Faizabad
  • Commerce Museum, Gorakhpur
  • Dr. Raj Bali Randey Puratatva and Kala Sangrahalaya, Deoria
  • Allahabad Planatarium
  • Ramnagar Fort and Museum, Varanasi
  • Army Service Corps Museum, Bareilly
  • Crafts Museum, Lucknow
  • Ganganath Jha Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth Museum, Allahabad
  • Plants (CIMAP) Museum, Lucknow
  • Birbal Savitri Sahni Memorial Museum, Lucknow
  • Chacha Nehru Gyan Pushp, Aligarh
  • Bundelkhand Chhatrasal Museum, Banda

Also Read:
Museums in Allahabad, U.P.

34. Uttarakhand

  • Forest Research Institute, Dehradun
  • Group Museum and Archives, Roorkee
  • War Museum, Ranikhet
  • Zonal Museum, Dehradun
  • Pd. Govind Ballabh Pant Government Museum, Almora
  • Survey Museum, Roorkee
  • Corbett Museum, Kaladhungi
  • Binsar Sanctuary Museum, Binsar
  • Butterfly Museum, Sat Tal
  • Sumitranandan Pant Gallery, Kausani (in Honour of the Poet)

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Museums in Dehradun

35. West Bengal

  • Town Hall, Kolkata
  • Asiatic Society, Kolkata (Society for antiquities, art, Science and lit. of Asia)
  • Netaji Bhawan (originally the house of Subhash Chandra Bose)
  • Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (estd. 1933)
  • Asutosh Museum of Indian Art (estd. 1933, named after the great educationist)
  • Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Kolkata
  • Birla Planatarium, Kolkata
  • Ethnographic Museum, Kolkata
  • Nehru Children's Museum, Kolkata
  • Rabindra Bharati Museum, Kolkata
  • State Archaeological Gallery, Kolkata (Built in 1962)
  • Tagore Memorial Museum (also known as Rabindra Bhawan at Shantiniketan, founded in 1942)
  • Carey Museum established in 1818 (In Zoological Garden), Kolkata
  • Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Kolkata

Visit more museums and enjoy being a tourist in your own country! Tourists from all over the globe visit museums in India and appreciate the artefacts, paintings, rare collections preserved and displayed in museums. Choose between, archaeological, science or unique museums and visit a museum every year. That's education and entertainment coupled together!
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    Mohit Ochani from Mumbai 647 Days ago

    Nice information about all the museums in India but I want to add one more place here which Famous wax museum in Mumbai and in India and very well known as Red Carpet Wax Museum. You should mention it in your List of museums in India.

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