If you want to relive the history of a place or country, museums are the best places to visit. Museums help people, especially the new generations; better understand the culture and heritage of a place or country.
Besides preserving history beautifully, these museums often manifest great art through their architecture. Thus, no matter if you are a history or art lover, these Indian museums will mesmerise you with their sheer beauty!
1. Indian Museum, Kolkata
Almost every major city in India houses one or more museums, and Kolkata is no exception! This grand museum is the oldest in the country as well as the in Asia Pacific region. This museum was built in 1814 and was then named the Asiatic Society of Bengal.
If you are in Kolkata, you must give it a visit to Park Street. This place is a haven for art and history lovers as it houses different historical artefacts. It also has different galleries, such as Bronze Gallery and Coin Gallery.
2. Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur
King Edward VII visited Jaipur in 1876, and that is when the foundation stone of this museum was laid. Later, it was named after the king. It is the oldest museum in the city of Jaipur.
Initially, this building was built as a concert hall but later turned into a museum. It houses a vast collection of objects and artefacts. You can visit this museum for great sculpture, metal art, pottery and likes.
3. Government Museum, Chennai
It is the second oldest Indian museum in the country. The speciality of this museum is that, after Europe, it boasts the largest collection of Roman antiquities. Likewise, the Egmore Museum Theatre was also added to this building. The theatre is a replica of London’s Globe Theatre.
Starting from rare paintings to zoological and archaeological artefacts, you can see everything here.
4. National Museum, Delhi
It is one of the largest and most prominent Indian museums you should visit in Delhi. The Ministry of Culture, Government of India, maintains this museum.
This museum has nearly 200000 artworks from the country and abroad, including Dancing Girl of Harappa, Nataraja in Chola Bronze, Tanjore paintings and many such things. The collection of this museum covers more than 5000 years of Indian cultural heritage. The museum has housed the National Institution of Arts, Museology and Conservation since 1983.
5. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai
If you are an art lover, you will fall in love with the architecture of the museum. It is an example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Earlier, this museum was named the Prince of Wales Museum and opened its door to the public in 1922.
This Sangrahalaya displays more than 50,000 artefacts of different kinds. It includes sculptures from different ages, Indian miniature paintings, excavated artefacts from Harappan sites, coins, weapons, etc.
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