Himachal State Museum
Himachal State Museum
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Madhulika L
Noida, India6,191 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The Himachal Pradesh State Museum houses a collection of various types of art and heritage, both from within and outside Himachal. The galleries spread across two floors. These include ancient stone carvings; masks; Himachali traditional clothing and jewellery; prehistoric artefacts (arrowheads, plus a little insight into the Suketi Fossil Park); numismatics; Buddhist art; contemporary art; and galleries dedicated to the Indian military.

For me, the most interesting galleries were the ones on miniature painting (the Kangra school, in particular, though there are also some fine examples of Punjabi and Rajasthani art); Chamba rumaals; and the beautifully carved wooden pieces on the ground floor. The stone sculptures, from across India (though they also include Himachali artefacts) are also very impressive.

Tickets cost Rs 50 per adult and Rs 30 per adult. Camera charges are extra, and also include phone cameras: you have to pay Rs 100 for this.
Written 1 July 2023
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK1,353 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Relatively small museum with various collections of clothing, army uniforms, local jewellery, sculptures, weaponry and many paintings and embroideries. It seemed a bit of a strange mix but then I didn't have any sort of guide to assist me in understanding the exhibits and information was limited as you walked round. Pleasant enough but not a must do experience. There was also a 200 rupee charge for using a camera (even a phone camera).
Written 7 June 2023
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Andrew D
Singapore, Singapore399 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I was expecting something educational to introduce the various customs and ways of life of the differrent Himachali tribes. Instead, I got a relatively small museum heavy in sculptures and paintings, as well as archaeological digging. Nice, but not essential.
Written 20 May 2023
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hemhimanshu
Ahmedabad, India107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
It is must visit museum for art lovers. It is reasonably big and requires more than one hour. Different art and craft works of Himachal are placed there.
Written 17 November 2022
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Sumit Khajuria
Jammu City, India187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
The state museum shimla is a best historical and archeological place to visit
Consists of many tools and weapons of historic era
Collection of tools used by early men
Coins of post Gupta period
And many more to see
Written 8 June 2022
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Sunnywin
Edinburgh, UK466 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I have been to better museums, this one is quite eclectic but ok. If you have time to kill before a train then this is a good place to visit as you can leave your bag at reception but if you only have limited time in Shimla you wouldn't be missing much if you gave this place a miss
Written 10 April 2022
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Sightsee737349
McLeod Ganj, India587 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This place sums up the entire Himachal state very beautifully as it gives a very good glimpse of the diverse state of Himachal. Must visit
Written 23 February 2020
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Aliduy
Broadstone, UK58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Several themed rooms that detail the history of the area.from prehistoric to modern times. Also houses art, coin and jewellery collection
Written 15 February 2020
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ashishdeora123
Jodhpur, India425 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The State Museum Shimla was opened on January 26, 1974 Entry Fee :
Indian - Rs. 30.00
Foreigner - Rs. 100.00
Written 17 December 2019
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Hari Chauhan
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
Himachal State Museum Shimla is housed in an old Victorian mansion ‘Inverarm’ which was carefully altered to adapt it to the museum. Inverarm was a small mud roofed house in the early 1860 and belonged to General Innes, which later owned by the ruler of Sirmour and later taken over by the Imperial Government. It was then enlarged, and became for many years the private residence of Lord William Beresford, Military Secretary to the Viceroy. After Lord William Beresford left India it was occupied for some years by General Sir Edwin Collen, and next by Sir Edward Law, financial Member of the Council. Lately it had been the temporary home of Sir Sankaran Nair, and Sir Mohamed Shah and other Government officers. In 1973 the building was transferred to open the Himachal State Museum and on 26th January, 1974 museum was inaugurated by the then Governor S. Chakravarti.
Written 24 November 2019
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