Situated in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is an anthropological museum showcasing the cultural history and development of humankind with reference to Indian culture and its tribal communities. The museum is not only informative but fascinating too with its appealing open-air and indoor exhibitions and several cultural activities for visitors.
Timings: March-August 11 am to 6:30 pm, September-February 10 am to 5:30 pm (Monday closed)
Location: Lake View Road, Shamla Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
Fees: Rs.50 per person, Free for children below 12 years
One of the leading and biggest anthropological museums in India, the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is a must-visit tourist destination in the city of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Located in the prehistoric landscape of Shamla Hills, the museum displays the story of humankind in time and space in its open-air exhibitions and the most appealing indoor exhibits. It also offers the visitors an enlightening and fascinating experience by exploring the most understated but artistic susceptibilities of Indian culture and its legacy through the exhibitions.
The museum consists of 8 open-air theatres and 12 indoor galleries with an impressive collection of periodicals and traveling exhibitions on several topics of different themes. Furthermore, the activities in the museum are designed in such a way that they are informative yet entertaining which offers a new perception to museum visits. The highlight of the museum is the fact that it is the only museum with painted rock shelters depicting the post-colonial repertoire of tribal folk, art, and culture and also houses several audio-visual records along with a wide range of ethnographic samples and computerized documentaries.
Activities such as education programs, seminars, workshops, symposia, group discussions, conferences, lectures, regional and cultural festivals are held frequently in the museum. The museum also has a library comprising of a vast collection of books on anthropology, archaeology, tribal study, museology, pre-history, architecture, art, etc. Constructed over 200 acres of land, the objective of the museum is to highlight the diverse culture of the Indian tribes and their lifestyle over a period of time.