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Himachal Guide - Museums

Museum of Himachal Pradesh

We have been engaged for the collection of articles and traditional heritage from different parts of Himachal Pradesh since 1990. We have collected many types of cultural and folk art antiques articles of Himachal cultural heritage. The museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art was established in Utopia Complex, Near Hadimba Devi Temple, Manali in the year 1998. Traditional dresses, utensils, musical and ritual instruments, wood carvings and all other traditional articles used by the people of HP in their day to day functioning, which are at the verge of extinction now, are present and exhibited in the museum. All these above mentioned items are basically handwork of the people of Himachal Pradesh representing the rich handicraft era of the state. The presence of a museum in the complex itself makes it very attractive to the visitors.
The Museum is a unique and extraordinary collection of unknown and rare antiques of the state. It demonstrates the almost extinct articles that clearly display the forgotten culture, art and handicraft of Himachal Pradesh. In the process of the Maskpreservation of the culture the museum has earned itself fame and place in the field of Art, Culture and Tourism of Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal State Museum is located in near the Chaura Maidan along the Mall in Shimla. Shimla State Museum. State Museum, opened in 1974, is located atop a hill in a typical colonial building called Inveraram. It is bit of a work to reach the museum since it requires a hike of 1500 m. Still, once you are there, you will not regret putting in so much of effort, for there is a large collection of exquisite items (around 2000), waiting to greet you. There are ancient historical sculptures, paintings, coins, photos and numerous other items from all over the state as well as outside it. However, what is most exciting to see is the pahari miniature paintings. These paintings were the last to develop in north India before the British took control of the region. There is also a library here which houses a good collection of historical books and manuscripts. The Museum is open between 10 am to 1.30 pm and then from 2 to 5 pm everyday except Mondays and second Saturday of every month.

Situated in Naggar, within the premises of the Roerich estate, Uruswati Himalayan Folk Art Museum is just 100 m uphill from the Nicholas K. Roerich Art Gallery. Professor and Madame Nicholas Roerich set it up in 1928, as the Research Institute of Naggar.

Located in Naggar in the Kullu district of Himachal, the Roerich Art Gallery is named after a Russian who settled down at Naggar after the revolution of 1917. The gallery displays his as well as his son's art work. His paintings depict deep mountains. Apart from the painting, there are also few photographs to be seen in the museum where he poses along with respected visiting dignitaries like former Indian Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru. The museum is open from 9 am to 1 pm and then from 2 to 5 pm. There is a small entry fee of around 10 rupees charged at the entrance.

This museum is named after the ruler of Chamba who was in charge of the region during the period of 1904 to 1919. The museum was opened in the year 1908 , however the building you see today was constructed in the year 1975. Items on display include the family paintings of Bhuri Singh, embroidered Chamba rumaals, coins, hill jewellery and costumes- both traditional and royal, arms and armour, musical instruments and numerous decorative objects. The Chamba rumaals will hold your attention a lot since their design were made by the pahari painters but the embroidery itself was done by the household ladies. There are also carved doors from old palaces and frescoes to be seen. The museum is open from 10 in the morning to 5 in the evening everyday except Mondays. It is also closed on the Gazetted holidays.

This art centre is housed in the cottage of the renowned painter Shobha Singh who has been conferred upon with many rewards and recognitions. He has also been the proud recipient of the Punjab's art council's highest award as well as the the prestigious Padam Shri. The gallery displays his paintings of Sikh Gurus, Sri Krishna, Sri Rama, Sheikh Farid and Jesus Christ.

This Art Gallery is located in the main shopping centre of Dharamshala, Kotwali Bazaar. The gallery was inaugurated in the year 1990 and is open from 10 in the morning to 5 in the evening. The collection of the gallery include of sculptures, pottery and anthropological items. Apart from this other items on display include embroidered costumes, woodcarvings and jewelleries of the tribal people along with shamianas used by the local royalty, jali's, pandals and lintels. A section of the gallery highlights the works of contemporary artists and photographers while yet another section houses a library.