Visit the Assam State Museum for a fascinating yet enlightening journey towards the rich history, culture, and tradition of the state along with other North-Eastern states through an impressive exhibition of sculptures, manuscripts, armors, epigraphy, crafts, and the display of natural biodiversity of the state.
Timing: 10 am to 5 pm (Monday and 2nd& 4th Saturday closed)
Location: GNB Road, Dighalipukhuri, Mawhati, Abari, Guwahati, Assam
Entry Fees: Rs5 per head
To keep the glorious history of the state alive and to offer a deeper insight into the culture and tradition of the state of Assam, the Assam State Museum located at the heart of Guwahati city is a great endeavor by the government and a must-visit place. Established in 1940 by KamarupaAnusandhan Samiti, the Assam State Museum is a multipurpose museum offering insight into the rich and diverse culture of North-East India and is divided into several sections like Sculptures, Natural History, Folk art & Crafts, Anthropology, Arms and Ammunitions, and Epigraphy. The rich assortment includes royal outfits, weapons, portraits, sculptures, stone & copper engravings, woodwork, and much more.
The Manuscript section has manuscripts in Assamese, Tai, and Myanmarese language, the Arms and Ammunitions section displays a vast collection of swords and armors from the medieval period to the Mughal era, several sculptures from the Indus Valley Civilization and various terracotta objects excavated from different regions of North-East India are also displayed here. The Sculpture section also exhibits metal ruins of Lord Vishnu, Goddess Durga, and Buddha along with the collection of ancient coins from the Mughal and Ahom dynasty. the Epigraphy section showcases stones and copper inscriptions from the 5-18th century and the Natural History Gallery has a fascinating collection of natural biodiversity of the state including the life of a one-horned rhino.
The museum also displays a collection of mementos from World War II which is one of the major highlights of the museum along with other interesting exhibits such as bamboo articles, coins, musical instruments, ivory paintings, etc. For visitors who want to learn more about the history, the library inside the museum shelves and impressive collection of journals, periodicals, and books pertaining to mythology biography, art, culture, and other subjects as well. It is a definite visit for book lovers as it allows them to sit and read books for long hours.