Central Museum Indore
Central Museum Indore
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Very good

Bharuch, India888 contributions
Central Museum Indore, is located near GPO Square in Indore city. well maintained place. nice collection of paintings and coins.
Written 28 February 2020
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Museum is good . Having ancient sculpture and paintings and it also have good collection of coins . My kids really liked it .
Written 18 February 2020
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Navi Mumbai, India562 contributions
The idea about a museum is generally that it would have arts and history to it and in this regards the Indore Museum does not disappoint,

It does disappoint in the overall upkeep, mostly 50% of the sculptors are kept out in the open in sun and for anyone to come and feel and touch and destroy or take away,

There are either no funds or no one is bothered to make a shed over them,

The ASI would have taken so much pains and efforts to unearth them but they have been neglected to the point where they have been completely neglected.

Basic things like labelling is not there on most of the ones outside or if it is there then the paint has been wiped off and has not been RE done so u don’t know what are u looking at.

This place is missable in your Iterenary and u should pick it up only if u are a die hard fan of museums.
Written 16 February 2020
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Vadodara, India314 contributions
The museum was built decades ago, seems like and never ever maintained since. It is a socio-cultural orphan, dying for nurture, care and an investment of vision and perspective. Two good things it did for me: 1) Inspired me to plan a visit to Khajurao and 2) Intrigued me to learn more about places to visit in Raipur.
Written 29 December 2019
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yash g
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India235 contributions
Sculptures still is pretty good condition and if the caretaker can be cajouled into giving details of the murtis you will be enlightened. The varah a taar with 33 crore Devi devtas murti is fascinating.
Written 13 August 2019
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It is located near GPO , in the cantonment area on Agra - Mumbai Road near Kamla Nehru Prani Sangrahalya or Indore Zoo.
Timings - 10 AM - 5 PM Daily except Mondays & Public Hoilday
Entry Fee - Rs 20 for Indians & Rs 200 for Foreigners .
Photography Fee - Rs 100 even if using mobile cameras .
Videography Fee - Rs 400
The Departmental Publications , books , folders ,catalog with detailed description of the sculptures published in 5 volumes , postcards & Plaster cast replicas of some of the exquisite sculptures are available @ the sales counter near the ticket booth.
This is one of the oldest museum in Malwa region.It was established as an institute of education department under the able guidance of Dr. Arundale & was named as Nararatna Mandir in 1923.
The main objective of this institution was to collect photographs & documents of great personalities. The institution was provided with a Library .
The then , Holkar King , Maharaja Tukoji Rao III , decided to collect artefacts & antiquities scattered throughout the state & create a museum .
Consequently , on 01/ 10 / 1929 , it was started as DEVLALIKAR GALLERY in a building in Krishnapura.
In 1930 , the gallery held an exhibition where 10th century stone sculptures , stone inscriptions & Bronze Prashastis were displayed.
On account of its position at the center of the Holkar state , this museum was declared as CENTRAL MUSEUM .
The museum acquired excellent collections of antiquities from the excavated sites & especially noteworthy are the antiquities of Mohhenjo - Daro excavations of Harappan civilization , that were sent to this museum by the then custodian of Mohenjo - Daro ( Presently Sindh , Pakistan ) .
In 1965 , the museum was shifted to the present building on Agra - Mumbai Road & is under the State Directorate of Archaeology & Museum .
In 1975 , Coin gallery named as Devi Ahilya Mudra Veethi was created where coins collected by the Holkar state b/w 1937 - 1941 were put on display.
Stone sculptures were always a center of attraction . In 1977 , the selected stone sculptures found from Hinglajgarh of District Mandsaur were brought to the museum & these ranged from Early Gupta period to the time of Parmara rulers. Consequently , a new gallery named Hinglajgarh Art Gallery was created.
Also, the bronze Prashastis of Parmara rulers are a treasure trove for History buffs.
But , sadly , this building is also in a dilapidated state , just like Lalbagh Palace .
Presently , there are 8 galleries apart from the INDEX GALLERY OR THE ENTRANCE HALL.
INDEX GALLERY/ The Entrance Hall has an information placard that traces the genealogy of the Holkar dynasty that lasted nearly 220 years. The Holkar rule was founded by Subedar Malhar Rao Holkar , who was a soldier of high caliber & a trusted officer of Peshwa Baji Rao . The Peshwa granted him control of the Maratha forces in Malwa in 1724 & later , he gained full control over the kingdom . He ruled for 38 yrs (1728 - 1766) .
He was succeeded by his son, Malerao Holkar who died @ a very young age.
He then , trained his young Daughter- in - law Ahilya Bai . She grew up to be a woman of profound wisdom & extreme piety & she possessed great administrative ability. Her administration is considered as that of a MODEL ruler & her reign lasted 29 yrs(1767 - 1795) . She excelled @ administrative & military strategies under the guidance of her Father - in -law .
She was ably assisted by Tukoji Rao Holkar I , the commander of her army , who later gained control ( 1795 - 1797) . With time , he & his successors made Holkar one of the richest empires . Their flamboyant lifestyle included jewellery from world renowned French jewellers like Van Clef , Arpels , Chaumet & Moubassin.
During the reign of Yashwant Rao (1798 - 1811) , the treaty of Rajpur Ghat was signed in 1805 , which was the 1st treaty b/w Holkars & the British.
After Malhar Rao II ( 1811- 1833 ) was defeated in the 3rd Anglo - Maratha war @ Mahidpur , Holkar kingdom became a part of the British Raj.
The treaty of Mandsaur was signed in 1818 which henceforth governed the relations b/w the Holkars & the British. Holkars had to sell several of their exquisite jewels to Harry Winston to pay taxes that ran into crores.
During the minority of Tukoji Rao Holkar II ( 1844 - 1866 ) , the administration was carried on by a Regency Council under the close supervision of the Resident. Tukoji Rao Holkar II showed aptitude for administration @ a young age & was granted full ruling powers in 1852. He could not keep control over his troops during the Rising of 1857 , but , later helped the British in maintaining order. Tukoji Rao Holkar II was deeply interested in all administrative matters especially land revenue. "The Revenue Department " is by far the best administered branch of his government , wrote Colonel Heade in his report .
His son , Shivaji Rao Holkar (1886 - 1903) was a great builder . But , the British were not satisfied with his administration.
He abdicated in favor of his son , Tukoji Rao Holkar III ( 1903 - 1926 ) who was invested with full administrative powers in 1911.
In 1926 , he abdicated in favor of his son , Yashwant Rao Holkar II (1926 - 1948) who was granted full ruling powers in 1930. He continued to rule till the transfer of power , when the State of Indore was merged into the erstwhile state of Madhya Bharat on May 28 , 1948 .
The index gallery also houses some beautiful stone sculptures like 13th century Gauri Kamda & 20th century Durga apart from the 20th century conch shell .
The Galleries include -
1. OPEN AIR DISPLAY - the open premises are occupied by various artefacts , cannons , the model of the brick temple of Laxman @ Sirpur ,Garuda Stambh ( pillar ) of Heliodorus of Besnagar , 11th century stone sculpture of Tirthankar Adinath . Also , there is an open courtyard towards the east , where stone sculptures are displayed on cement pedestals.
2. THE ANTIQUITY GALLERY - is located on the left hand side of the Index Gallery .This gallery is highly informative in which the Geological Time Scale , Evolution of Man & his belongings in various periods have been displayed.
The remains of pre - historic culture have been found from several places of MP & Chhatisgarh . The pre-historic man lived here bcoz of favorable climate & close proximity to the river banks, that provided enough water & animals as food.
Many rock shelters have been unearthed in various sites - Bhimbetka , Bhojpur , Adamgarh , Bhopal , Berkheda , Kharwai , Putalikarad , Hathitol , Abyood ,Kabala Pahad & Singhanpur.
The walls & ceilings of these rock cut caves bear beautiful paintings created by pre - historic man using natural materials & this gallery also displays the evolution of these paintings that became refined as the tools evolved. These paintings are divided into 5 groups - Bhimbetka , Chambal , Pachmarhi , Rajgarh & Gwalior.
The remains of cultural evolution of man have been found from Mandsaur , Narsinghgarh , Sehore , Bhopal , Raisen , Hoshangabad , Sagar , Panna , Gwalior , Rewa , Ambikapur & Rajgarh districts.
Among these the stone tools & pottery are noteworthy. The stone tools like hand axe & cleaver are crude in nature & date to the Lower Paleolithic period ( 50000 yrs BC ) & belong to the time when man was a nomadic hunter as is evident from most of the pre - historic cave paintings that depict hunting scenes.
As man evolved , the tools became finer . Various types of arrow heads , blades , borer or Awls - used for piercing the skin of animals , Knives & scrapers used for dressing them , burin , core , flakes & lunates date to middle & upper Paleolithic & Mesolithic period.
The proto-historic culture started in MP during the Chalcolithic period ( use of stone tools & utensils along with copper & bronze ) . People now settled in villages & became agriculturists & used stone & copper implements for harvesting.Several sites of Chalcolithic period have been excavated in MP & many antiquities of this period were unearthed from Dangwada , Kayatha ( Ujjain on the banks of river Chambal) , Avra - Mandsaur ( 3500 - 2500 BC ) , Nagda , Sirpur , Pipalya , Maheshwar - Nawada Tolin on the banks of river Narmada , Besnagar , Lorka , Azadnagar on the banks of river Khan a tributary of Shipra River (4200 - 1800 BC ) .
These sites revealed a complete sequence of culture , especially in the Malwa plateau . The antiquities of the Indus Valley Civilization (2350 - 1750 BC - Chalcolithic period ) , include Teracotta objects , beads , bangles , pottery obtained from Mohenjo - Daro that includes 3 large pots.
It was a highly developed culture organized into cities with no vestige of Indo - Aryan influence . They created wealth thru agriculture & trade & also domesticated animals & used wheeled vehicles as means of transport. They had plentiful supply of gold , silver , copper , tin & lead & manufactured Bronze . The people here enjoyed luxury like no other part of the civilized world at that time .
Relics of the past fossils are also on display in this gallery & tell about the story of life in the past.
3. THE INSCRIPTION GALLERY is located on the right hand side of the Index Gallery. It houses the stone & copper plate inscriptions that record the grant of land to the deities & the Brahmins that describe the socio - economic conditions of those times.
Among these the stone inscription of the Rashtrakuta king Nanappa dated 710 AD , the stone inscription issued by the Dhar ruler from Mandapa fort ( Mandu) , after the defeat of Delhi Sultan , copper plates inscribed in Sanskrit issued by Valkha rulers during Gupta Period (4th - 5th century AD ) found from Bagh in Dhar district , Copper plates of the Parmara King Raja Bhoj dated 1019 AD & 14th - 18th century copper plates issued by Rajput rulers are noteworthy.
4. THE COIN GALLERY is also , located on the right hand side of the Index Gallery . It describes the story of origin of coins as a medium of exchange that were devised to alleviate the problems associated with the BARTER SYSTEM. It is a landmark in the evolution of civilization & a great achievement of human race .
The important coins are displayed in chronological order & include punch marked coins of Ujjain Janapada ( 300 BC - 100 AD) , besides those of Satavahanas , Nagas , Indo -Greek Kushan , Roman , Indo - Bactrian , Indo - Sassanian , Gupta ( Chandragupta II & Samudragupta ) , Paramars , Mandu & Delhi Sultanates , Sikandar Lodhi , Sher Shah Suri , Imperial Mughals & Holkar rulers ( Coins of Ahilya Bai ) , Scindias & also , the Zodiac coins.
The dies of the symbols engraved on some of these coins are also displayed , apart from the royal seals of the Holkar State.
5. THE ITALIAN & CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY is located on the 1st Floor.
It houses native state medals of Bhopal & Indore , artistic ivory vase , decorated plates , 17th century Taunks - bronze plates engraved with images of Gods & Goddesses worshiped by the Holkar royal family like - MAHISHASURMARDINI.
It also houses the metal sculptures among which the 19th century Sheshshayee Vishnu , Narsingh Laxmi , Annapurna, Ganesha , Uma - Maheshwar are noteworthy. It also has a small collection of 19th century Italian marble sculptures that includes sculpture of Garuda
6. THE PAINTINGS GALLERY is located on the 1st Floor. It contains paintings & photographs of British , Maratha , Rajput period datable to 20th century .
Among these , some belong to the painters of Indore , such as , Devlalikar , Srenik Jain , Mirza Ismail Baig etc. Besides , there are replicas of 4th - 5th century Bagh cave paintings that were recreated by L . N. Bhaswar & Mirza Ismail Baig .The original cave paintings were carefully removed & can be seen in the Archaeology Museums @ Bagh & @ Gwalior.
7. THE WEAPONS GALLERY is located on the 1st Floor. This gallery describes the origin & evolution since the stone age when stone tools like Cleavers , Axe & Scrapers were used for hunting & gathering food. Earlier , Microliths like Crescents ,Triangles etc. were used as arrowheads & pointed stones were attached to long shafts & these served as Spears.
Later, the stones were replaced by metals like bronze & copper & these date back to the Indus Valley civilization.
The Indian Epics , Puranas , Samhitas , Dharmashastra , Dhanurveda describe the importance of mastery in archery during the Vedic age & also describe the supreme weapons - PINAKA OF SHIVA , SARANGA OF NARAYAN , GANDIV OF ARJUN.
This gallery also describes about the use of swords in India since 2500 BC .
The Yajurveda Samhita (1000BC) mentions the use of iron weapons.
The Bronze sword of Fort Monroe of Punjab dates back to 1200 BC .
An interesting weapon GOKHAROO or 3- spiked Caltrop (Tribulus or Crow Foot ) that dates back to 18th century is also on display. It was strewed on the battlefield to inflict damage upon the enemy troops on foot , camels , elephants or horses.
A similar device was used by the army of Alexander to slow the enemy war elephants in the battle of Hydaspes with Porus.
This gallery also mentions about the use of GUNPOWDER by the ANCIENT HINDUS, as recorded in the ancient scripture - AGNIPURANA & the epics like MAHABHARATA.
Also, on display are the 18th century bullet & cannon moulds .
It also describes the functional division of Indian weapons into 4 groups -
A. Weapons for slashing & cutting - swords , knives
B. Weapons for thrusting - Trident (Trishul ), Daggers & spears .
C. Projectiles - arrows , firearms e.g. Jazail , matchlocks ,cannons , rifles etc.
D. Weapons for smashing. - Mace
8. THE HINGLAJGARH ART GALLERY is located to the south of the inner courtyard. It houses the sculptures of Shaiva , Shakti Vaishnav , Jain & Buddhist sects datable from early Gupta period (4th - 5th century ) to 18th century . The exhibits include the finest collections of sculptures of 10th century Ardha Narishwar , Uma Maheshwar , 11th century Veenadhara Shiva, Vrishvahan Shiva , Yagya Varaha, Mithuna, Parvati , Saraswati , Ambika , Chamunda , Vamana, Skhlitvasana , Shiv Vaidyanath , Tirthankar Adinath , 12th century Garudasin Vishnu , Jain Yaksha - Yakshi , Nayak - Nayikas & some Buddha figures.
Sadly , the lighting is very poor in all the galleries & one needs to really strain ones eyes to carefully study most of the exhibits . Lack of power back up exacerbates the poor lighting condition further.
Also , Guide or Audio guide facility is unavailable.
The museum lacks maintenance & most of the galleries & corridors are dusty.
The walls of the museum & the wooden surfaces of the cabinets bear a worn out appearance.
This lack of upkeep is responsible for the minuscule footfall .
The authorities need to take their job very seriously & make every effort to put this on the tourist map of Indore.
Most of the local residents are not even aware of this museum , even though it stands in close proximity to the KAMLA NEHRU PRANI SANGRAHALYA OR INDORE ZOO , a popular attraction of Indore , which witnesses appreciably higher footfall daily especially on weekends .
A fresh coat of paint & installation of proper lighting & publicity on social media are some of the easiest ways to attract visitors to this treasure trove of history of mankind.
Written 19 April 2019
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Smita M
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its a nice museum with antique statues. worth a visit. the museum supervisor himself came forward to explain the history to us
Written 20 March 2019
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Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
Bengaluru, India206 contributions
The loo stinks. The information on most of the artifacts is insufficient. It has limited parking facility. You can happily skip if you are not serious about history.
Written 28 February 2019
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Bokaro Steel City, India492 contributions
This museum is a great place for history lovers or who are interested to know about historical findings.We can find here nice collection of Parmar sculptures from Hinglajgarh and a nice collection of coins and armour.We can also find there medieval and pre-medieval Hindu and Jain sculptures which date back from the reign of the Guptas to the Paramanas. The museum has two galleries.Of the two galleries,first gallery houses stone tools, ornaments and items of domestic use and second gallery displays Hindu mythological carvings.
Written 29 January 2019
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Vishnu Pendyala
San Jose, CA1,018 contributions
Went on Monday and Tuesday only to find it closed on both days. Why can't they make closure information easily available on the Web or by phone? I called multiple phone numbers I found on the Web, but could not get any answer on any of those numbers. Good thing is that it is next door to the Zoo, so could go to the Zoo on Tuesday (Zoo is also closed on Monday).
Written 26 December 2018
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