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Allahabad Museum

Allahabad Museum is a worth visiting place when on a tour to the city of Allahabad in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is a good place to view the ancient sculptures and a wide collection of items at a single place.

The Allahabad Museum is open from 10.15 in the morning to evening 5.00 pm. It is closed on Mondays and on government holidays. It is situated in the Chandrashekhar Azad Park of Allahabad. The main attractions in the museum are the artifacts and the miniatures. When you are in the city of Allahabad, you can reach the Allahabad Museum by either hiring a cab or auto from the hotel. If you happen to stay in the vicinity or close proximity of the place, you can take the bicycle rickshaw.

The specialty of this museum is the fact that it has independent galleries devoted to archeological findings, natural history exhibits and art. It has a special section where the artifacts donated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru have been preserved. There are almost 18 galleries dedicated to showcase all these things.

The Allahabad Museum was formally inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru in the year 1947. The museum has vivid collection which boasts of displays that are scattered across the 18 galleries. They include prehistoric and Indus Valley antiquities, textiles, terracotta, stone sculpture, weapons, bronzes, seals, miniature paintings, Buddhist thangkas, medieval land grants and much more.

The other picturesque objects that are included in the museum are the beautiful stone images, lintels and exuberantly carved temple pillars dating from the 3rd century to 12th century AD. The paintings portray important dynasties both during the ancient and the medieval time periods. The most attention-grabbing part of the display is the terracotta collection of the museum. This impressive collection displays the dancing and amorous scenes to bacchanalian feasts and hunts. The coin compilation has exceptional Kushana and Gupta gold coins, while the manuscripts are largely in Sanskrit that date from the 16th century onwards. The Allahabad Museum also stores antiques from nearly all the renowned schools of sculptures namely the Kausambi, Mathura, Sarnath and Gandhara. The mind blowing and marvelous objects include the tasseled head of Shiva, projecting from a stone linga. The Allahabad Museum is considered one of the important tourist attractions in Allahabad, which can be enjoyed by experts and lay tourists alike.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/16