Anthropological Museum, Guwahati, Assam: Anthropological Museum is located in the Indian state of Assam. More specifically, this museum is situated inside the campus of Guwahati University. This museum is associated with the Department of Anthropology in the Guwahati University. It was established in the year 1948. The museum is under the supervision of the Department of Anthropology of that University.
Exhibits of Anthropological Museum: The Anthropological Museum is a home to a variety of objects of great antiquity. The authentic ancient items preserved in this museum can broadly be classified as archeological objects, anthropological objects, ethnographic and prehistoric objects. More specifically, this museum is a storehouse of weapons, bamboo crafts, combs, flint box, smoking pipe, headgear, agricultural implements, hunting implements, pottery, photographs, musical instruments, metal objects, basketry, textiles, jewelry, masks etc.
Regional Science Centre, Guwahati, popularly known as Science Museum, is one of the units of National Council of Science Museums functioning under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. The basic purpose of this Science Centre is to popularize Science among the people of this region. Since its inauguration on March 15, 1994, this Centre has been attracting students, teachers and the general public as it provides an able forum for them to learn science through interaction and fun. Apart from its permanent galleries with a number of participatory exhibits on science, this Centre organizes regular educational programmes and activities, especially for the students, in order to inculcate scientific temper in them by imparting science education in a non-formal way. The Centre is also having one Innovation Hub where children can take annual membership and do their creative activities all days except Monday under a mentor.
The Assam State Museum: The Assam State Museum is located in the southern end of Dighali Pukhuri tank which is in the heart of Guwahati city, Assam. The Museum was established by the Kamarupa Anusandhan Samiti (Assam Research Society) in 1940
exhibits of the Museum are displayed under different sections, viz., Epigraphy, Sculptures, Miscellaneous, Natural History, art and crafts, Anthropology & Folk Art & Arms section. The sculptures from the Assam region fall into four principal categories – stone, wood, metal, and terracotta. The collections which are on display here, are very rare.
The library in Assam State Museum was established in 1985 and is rich in its stenographic collections. There are various periodicals, journals and books relating to art, culture, mythology, biography, encyclopedic works and even the Asiatic Society journals of the country. It houses invaluable historical objects which reflect the socio-cultural history of Assam and the North East. The Assam State Museum has 13,802 objects and out of which 1,621 are displayed.
Srimanta Sankaradev Kalakshetra commonly Kalakshetra is a cultural institution in the Panjabari area of Guwahati, Assam, named after the medieval poet-playwright and reformer Srimanta Sankardev. It includes a cultural museum, library and various facilities for preserving, demonstrating and performing cultural items, besides a children’s park. In addition to being Northeast India‘s largest cultural congregation, the Kalakshetra is also a major tourist spot in Guwahati. Built in the 1990s, the artistic excellence of Assam and rest of the north-eastern region is displayed here. There are eateries, places of worship, emporiums and open-air theatres within the sprawling Kalakshetra premises. The museum also houses several cultural objects of the state within it. The open-air theater can accommodate 2000 people and hosts cultural programs in its premises. Traditional dance and drama performances are conducted in this theater. The Kalakshetra also has the Artists’ Village, which replicates the village society of Assam. The Sahitya Bhavan is the library in the Kalakshetra, which has a huge collection of rare books and manuscripts. It is a repository of the literature of the region. Another section of the art complex is the Lalit-Kala Bhavan. It is the center used for exhibitions and workshops on art and culture. A heritage park is also a part of the huge complex of the Shankardev Kalakshetra. Now a cable car facility is also available inside the park to commute the tourists. Nice view of the hills of Shillong plateau can be seen from the fields of Kalakshetra. The museum provides you with a summary of Assamese Culture. The Bhupen Hazarika museum is another attraction of KalakshetraFacilities Available in Kalakshetra for use in rent:
AC Auditorium 300 Seating Capacity
AC Auditorium 1250 Seating Capacity
Sangrahalaya Auditorium (at Museum Ground Floor)
Open Air Theatre ( 2000 Capacity)
Seminar Hall ( 100 Capacity)
Conference Hall (AC)
Guest House (VIP Suits)
Artistes’ Village (Dormitories for Accommodation)
Double Bedded Rooms (for Accommodation)
Rang-Ghar Bakari Mancha
AC Art Gallery
Audio Recording Studio
Guwahati Planetarium is one of its kind center of astronomical research in Assam and the entire North-Eastern region of India. The Guwahati Planetarium is unrivaled in Assam and rest of northeast India with its distinctive dome and sloping walls that sets it apart in the skyline of the area. The Planetarium uses the Japanese Goto GX instrument. The hardware includes the GX starfield projector, sixty special-effects projectors, and the sky theatre’s sound system. The show software is also supplied by Goto.
Besides daily shows, the Planetarium also regularly organizes seminars, workshops and conferences for the astronomy fraternity, and exhibitions, quizzes and outdoor viewing facilities during eclipses for students and the local community.
Mayong Black Magic and Witchcraft Museum :
The Mayong Central Museum and Emporium in Guwahati, Assam is renowned for its relics that propagate mystics and sorcery. It has successfully served as a tourist hub for Assam, which is hardly surprising because it is without a doubt, totally intriguing.
All those who visit can learn of the origins of tantra and are given demonstrations of ancient rituals by the locals. This is certainly unlike any other museum experience we’ll bet.
India’s only Coal Museum at Margherita, the State of Assam :
The coal museum contains Relics of the likes of the locomotives manufactured by W G Bagnall, Stafford, England (John, Hassng, David and Shelly), Memoirs of World War II (rare pictures of construction of Stilwell Road, Pangsau Pass and Ledo airstrip, empty shells of bombs used in WW II), the history of the Assam Railways & Trading Co. Ltd (AR &T Co. Ltd.), a rare collection of stamps from over the world, vintage Cyclostyle machines, etc.
The main attraction of the museum is the practice of coal mining depicted in the form of real-time models, a demo structure of an underground coal mine, necessities to be carried to the underground mines by the workmen like underground coal mining boots, cap lamps, shovels and other tools of mining, vintage underground telephones, etc. The museum depicts the history of coal mining at Namdang in Assam. It also contains actual models of transformers, haulages and Circuit breakers manufactured by Crompton Parkinson and Manchester & Sheffield, England.
This museum is must see a place for people in the coal mining industry and history enthusiasts. Post your visit to the museum you can savor a sumptuous meal of traditional cuisine at the Singpho Villa Restaurant at New Colony, Margherita, and experience open cast coal mining at Tirap Colliery.
Other Notable Museums are
Tai Ahom Museum
Assam Forest Museum
Assam Government Cottage Industries Museum
Veterinary College Museum
Barpeta, Tezpur, Dibrugarh, Jorhat,
Department of Historical and Antiquarian Studies
Nilima Barua Folk Art Museum, Gauripur (a wing of Dhubri Museum)
Year of Establishment :
Land Area: 2 Katha 12 leches
Details of Buildings: No RCC buildings
Collection :700 objects
Location: Bishnu Rabha Path, Gauripur, Dhubri
Gopinath Bordoloi Memorial Museum, Raha, Nagaon District
Year of Establishment :
Land Area: NIL
Details of Buildings: Own Assam Type building
Collection :above 35 objects
Location: Raha, Assam
Majuli Royal Museum:
Majuli Museum in Sri SriDakhinpat Satra contains several artifacts, War used materials And Royal materials of Ahom Royals
Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum
Location: East Khasi Hills District, Shillong
For those interested in ethnic tribal culture and tradition this Govt. Museum under the control of the Art and Culture Department offers insights into the lifestyle of the people. This museum is in the State Central Library complex where monuments for the great patriots of the state had been erected beside the statue of Smt. Indira Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
It is considered as one of the centers for studies into our history and culture as well as for preserving our rich cultural heritage that is now undergoing tremendous pressure in the face of contacts with various cultures both from the East and the West.
Entomological Museum (Butterfly Museum)
A privately-owned museum of M/s Wankhar, Riatsamthiah, Shillong at a distance of about 2km from Police Bazar is the only known museum in India devoted to moths and butterflies
Chrysalis the Gallery
Location: East Khasi Hills District, Shillong
Chrysalis the Gallery (an art gallery) is situated on the 2nd floor of SalonsarMansion (adjacent to HDFC bank) at Police Bazaar, the Commercial Hub of Shillong. Chrysalis has flexible spacing to display paintings (canvases), sculpture, photography, and handicrafts. Run by a local artist, Jaya Kalra, the gallery caters to exhibitions of artists and artisans especially from the northeast and also from the rest of India.
Ever Living Museum
Location: East Khasi Hills District, Shillong, Mawshbuit
The Ever-Living Museum at Mawshabuit, around 9km from Shillong, is a living testimony of one’s love for nature, culture, tradition, history, and posterity
Air Force Museum at upper Shillong:: The main attraction for both children and adults, Air Force Museum is positioned in upper Shillong and exhibits pictures of Indo-China war and Indo-Pak war. It is indeed the ideal place for photo enthusiasts as they can come across a wide array of photographs. Python’s skin is also displayed at the museum. It is also a fascinating site to know about air defense history and valiant flying warriors. There is a souvenir shop where you can buy anything and take back as a memory
Forest Museum in Lady Hydari Park
Rhino Heritage Museum at Shillong
Zoological Museum in Risa Colony
Anthropological museum at Mawblei
Botanical Museum at 4th Furlong
Arunachal Museum at the Cantonment Area
Nehru Memorial Museum
It is one of the major museums in Arunachal Pradesh. A variety of historical specimens like objects associated with some ceremonies, weapons, handicrafts, textiles, wood carvings and musical instruments are displayed at the different galleries of the foremost of the Arunachal Pradesh museums.
Tourists who have an interest in the cultural lineage of the different tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly, the tribes of Itanagar, should visit this treasure house of tribal items.
Mizoram State Museum
Mizoram State Museum was established in 1977. It is an ethnological museum that has a separate gallery dedicated to the tribes of Mizoram.
The State Museum of Mizoram is a multi-purpose museum that is located on Macdonald Hill. Mizoram State Museum, situated in Aizwal, remains open from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. from Tuesday to Friday. On Monday and Saturday, the museum remains open from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. Like the other museums of India, the State Museum at Mizoram remains closed on Sunday and public holidays.
Mizoram State Museum houses a number of items that reflect the cultural heritage of Mizoram. The total collection of the Mizoram State Museum is about 2500 items. The items displayed in the museum reflect the rich past and the ethnic background of Mizoram. Among the items stored in the Mizoram State Museum are:
Arms and Weapons
Natural history specimens
Manipur State Museum
On 23rd September 1969, the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, inaugurated this museum, located in the heart of Imphal, near the Polo ground. This museum is a worldwide attraction for its galleries of natural history, ethnology & archaeology. It also features the state’s colorful tradition & a collection of the portraits of the former rulers.
Be transported back in time as you see a 54-feet long royal boat, the ‘Hiyag Hiren’, which must surely have braved the waters of the Bay of Bengal as the rulers traveled far & wide to meet other kings. Being the state that gave the British their game of Polo, be treated to a view of the world’s oldest polo kit. The rich culture & traditions of Manipur guarantees that you will see historical relics, weapons, tribal clothing & costumes & even a gold-plated human mask with a skull.
Furthermore, one will also get to see agricultural & domestic equipment, antique smoking pipes, tribal ornaments, lighters, Manipuri textiles & remnants of the Buddha.
This museum is surely a must-visit for people of all ages & from all walks of life!
2. Sekta Archaeological Living Museum
The Sekta village, which is around 16 km from Imphal, houses the Sekta mound or the ‘Sekta Kei’. A protected archaeological site, it is a living museum that has 6 clearly demarcated burial mounds. The importance of this site cannot be understated, for the excavations here have unearthed finds of the ‘Sekta’ people or the ‘Proto-Meitei’. Being one of the earliest ethnic groups of Manipur, they used these burial mounds to bury items of their economic & social life, in addition to their dead.
This site has helped archaeologists & historians reaffirm the historical link to the people of Manipur, has also unearthed several funerary items made of Copper, Brass, Iron, a relic casket & a bronze of Buddhist origin.
Excavations of this site were carried out in 1991 & today, it is an open-air living museum, arguably one of a kind!!
Part of the Manipur Zoological Gardens, the Biological museum, opened in 1988, stores numerous biological samples such as the golden tiger, stuffed taragopan, local deer’s horn & the Sangai among others. Being simple in its layout & appearance, it attracts tourists from all over the world!
TRIPURA GOVERNMENT MUSEUM
Tripura government museum, located at Agartala is one of the best attractions that one must have a glance at while a visit to Tripura. Established in1970, the museum house a rare and exclusive collection of archaeological items, which are excavated from the nearby areas. Tourists interested in exploring culture and heritage must visit this museum once. Embroidery items stone items, coins and Buddhist sculptures of the ancient era are the highlights of the museum.
Found at the opposite of Fourteen Goddess Temple in Khayerpur area of Agartala and opened in 2012, the Haveli Museum or Old Palace Museum is a small museum where sculptures are displayed in the form of an art gallery. One can see the rare stone images, ancient coins and archaeological findings from Tripura and adjoining areas. We can also find the famous Kantha work clothes at the museum and life-size portraits of the former rulers of Tripura.
With such immense beauty and traditions and customs, Tripura never dissatisfies its tourists to get a relaxed environment where people can explore in an effective way. However, its preservation is very much necessary.
The Nagaland State Government Museum
The State Museum in Kohima exhibits a rare collection of articles of different tribes which portrays to the history and traditions of the Nagas. The Nagaland State Government Museum, about 1½ km north, is an invaluable treasure trove where one can get a glimpse into Naga culture through history. Here one can find the panorama of each tribe being displayed. The Naga architecture, social hierarchy, and custom, costun\me, and culture are all displayed in this State Government Museum. The main items exhibited are gateposts, statues, pillars, jewelry, and a ceremonial drum that looks like a dug-out war vessel in a separate shed. These vessels suggest that the Nagas may have come from Sumatra. The basement of the museum houses birds and animals of northeastern hill states, especially those endemic to the region.
Kohima Museum is nicely maintained. Display units are excellent, well lit and with good description. Varieties of display materials and models depict the Naga history and culture explicitly. Fabrics, clothing, ornaments and traditional huts, head-gears for different tribes are nicely displayed in the museum. This is a must visit place of Kohima.
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology: Since its establishment in 1958, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology has sponsored and promoted research on the religion, history, language, art, and culture of the people of the Tibetan cultural area which includes Sikkim. The NIT library holds one of the largest collections of Tibetan works in the world outside Tibet and a museum of Tibetan iconography and religious art. It has published the Bulletin of Tibetology since 1964 and numerous books over the years.
Sikkim Science Centre :
The Sikkim Science Centre located in Marchak, Gangtok, is a one-of-its-kind establishment in the state. The center was set up with the idea to develop a scientific temperament and promote creative learning among people. The center conveys detailed information about science and technology in an informal way. It houses some interesting galleries such as the Unique Humankind gallery, Taramandal, Fun Science gallery, Gallery for Students’ Activities and the science park.
While the Taramandal is a planetarium, the Unique Humankind gallery holds exhibits that educate about the functioning of human life and body. In the Fun gallery, science meets objects of recreation; and the Children’s Corner has puzzles and activities for young science enthusiasts. The museum’s Students’ Activities Corner organizes seminars, camps, and fairs, and the Science Park is a garden decorated with various objects that keep the visitors occupied.