Museums

Delhi

National Museum, New Delhi – Harappan Gallery

The National Museum is New Delhi is probably best known for its Harappan Gallery. The wonderful collections here grew out of the discoveries of pioneering excavations made during early 20th century, and later after the India’s independence 1947. The Harappan civilization developed along the mighty Indus river, and […]

National Museum, New Delhi – Gupta and Medieval Sculpture

Continuing my series of blog posts showcasing the highlights of the National Museum in New Delhi, it’s time to turn our attention to the Gupta and medieval sculptures that are housed in the collection.  As you will shorty see, the museum is blessed with a staggering set of […]

National Museum, New Delhi – Pre-Gupta Sculpture

Continuing my series of blog posts showcasing the highlights of the National Museum in New Delhi, it’s time to turn our attention to the pre-Gupta sculptures that are housed in the museum. The museum is of course famous for its Harappan Gallery, and in terms of Gupta and […]

National Museum, New Delhi – Paintings

India has always delighted in the use of colour, from the ancient murals and frescoes that adorn the Buddhist caves at Ajanta, the richly decorated temples and monuments (many now whitewashed), it’s a tradition that has persisted throughout the centuries and perhaps most noticeable today with textiles of […]

National Museum, New Delhi – Bronze Gallery

Established in 1949 and opened in 1960, the National Museum in New Delhi houses more than 210,000 art objects representing over 5,000 years of Indian art and craftmanship. With twenty five galleries spread across two floors, any serious attempt to truly take in and appreciate what the museum […]

Madhya Pradesh

Jai Vilas Palace and Scindia Museum – Gwalior

The Jaivilas Palace was constructed in 1874 by Maharaja Jayaji Rao Scindia, the Maharaja of Gwalior, and is still the residence of his descendants, the former royal Maratha Scindia dynasty. The palace is simply enormous, estimated to be over 1,240,000 square feet. Designed and built by Sir Michael […]

ASI Archaeological Museum – Gwalior

Established in 1993, the ASI managed Archaeological Museum is located right next to Gwalior Fort in a former jail that was subsequently used as a hospital during colonial times. Confusingly there are two archaeological museums in Gwalior, the other is a state run museum located at Gujari Mahal […]

Gujari Mahal State Archaeological Museum – Gwalior

Sometimes known as Gwalior Fort Museum, the Gujari Mahal State Archaeological Museum displays a number of artifacts that have been discovered in the Gwalior region. Located in a former Palace below Gwalior fort at the foot of the western approach to the hilltop, this should not be confused […]

Maharashtra

Tribal Cultural Museum – Pune

India has the largest number of tribes and tribal population anywhere in the world. According to a recent anthropological survey of India, there are in total over 750 distinct tribes in the country, the population of which (84 million in 2001) accounts for 8% of the total population of the country.

Maharashtra ranks as the second largest tribal state, with 45 tribes recorded in total such as Warlis, Bhils, Mavchis, Korkus, Madias, Gonds, Thakars, Kokanas and Pawaras. All of these tribes have developed their own art and craft forms.

Established in Pune in 1965, the Tribal Cultural Museum is within the campus of the Tribal Research and Training Institute. With over 1,350 exhibits on display, their on-going quest is to collect exhibits and update the museum depicting tribal life and culture within the state of Maharashtra.

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum – Pune

           Pune’s Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum contains the collection of Dr Dinkar G. Kelkar (1896–1990), dedicated to the memory of his only son, Raja, who died an untimely tragic death. The collection was started in the 1920s and by 1960 it contained around 15,000 objects. By all accounts […]

Odisha

Ratnagiri Archaeological Museum

Located a short distance from the entrance to the Ratnagiri Buddhist Archaeological Site (but not accessible from inside the site), the ASI museum was opened in 1998 and displays 238 antiquities from their vast collection of 3,485 artifacts.

Odisha State Museum – Bhubaneswar

Established in 1932 and occupying the current building since 1960, the Odisha State Museum in Bubaneswar houses a fine collection of religious sculptures, coins, copper plates, stone inscriptions, armours, rare bronze age tools, natural history, geological objects, anthropological specimens and traditional musical instruments.

Uttar Pradesh

Fatehpur Sikri Archaeological Museum – Sikri Before Akbar’s Capital

Today most visitors to Fatehpur Sikri take advantage of the frequent shuttle bus, which runs continuously throughout the day ferrying passengers between the palace entrance and car park which lies about a kilometer away. It’s an excellent system, and ensures energy levels are conserved as much as possible, […]

UK

Indian Artifacts at the Ashmolean Museum – Oxford

A couple of years ago I paid a visit to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, primarily to see an exhibition on Roman Britain which contained some artifacts from Silchester Roman Town, a site I have been involved in excavating for the last 22 years. It was quite a […]

Indian Artifacts at the British Museum

A couple of years ago I made a trip into London to specifically see and document the Amaravati Marbles at the British Museum. The partial remains of the this stupa are located in an annex to the main Asian Gallery in the museum, and perhaps unsurprisingly I was […]

The Amaravati Marbles at the British Museum

Also known as the Elliot Marbles, the Amaravati Marbles are a collection of 120 sculptures and inscriptions housed in the British Museum in London that were recovered from the Amaravati Mahachaitya in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.