An archaeological museum displaying state-of-the0art artifacts and antiques, State Museum Bhopal is a fine specimen of great architecture and impressive display. An ideal place for art and history lovers, this museum will take you to the pre-historic era with its rare collection of sculptures, coins, instruments, and weapons.
Timings: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm (Monday and holidays closed)
Location: Shyamla Hills Road, NITTTR Campus, Shaymla Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Fees: Rs.10 for Indians, Rs.50 for camera, Rs.100 for foreigners
Inaugurated on 2nd November 2005, the State Museum Bhopal is situated on Shyamla Hills and is a fine example of beautiful architecture in Madhya Pradesh. Initially, the museum was established in 1909 A.D. by the then ruler of Bhopal with the name of Edward Museum and was administered in the present dayâ€™s Central Library. After the state of Madhya Pradesh was formed, the museum was transferred to another building at Banganga Road.
The museum showcases an assortment of outstanding art pieces and antiques dug out from local excavations in Madhya Pradesh. It has 17 galleries depicting various different subjects including thematic gallery, excavated materials, pre-history and fossils, metal image inscriptions, sculptures, textiles, royal collections, freedom movement, postal stamps, autographs, manuscripts, coins, paintings, weapons, documents of the medieval age, and rare instruments.
The highlighting exhibits of the museum are the precious artifacts including the statues of Lakshmi and Buddha along with the sculptures of Shiva, Parvathi, Brahma, and Vishnu. Paintings from distinct schools and copies of paintings from the Bagh caves are other significant exhibits at the museum. The museum also boasts of fine carvings of two couples from Khajuraho and 87 Jain bronzes that were recovered from Dhar during the Paramara dynasty in the 12th century. A visit to this museum is truly a mesmerizing and enlightening experience for art and history lovers and even a layman.