The National Museum has a remarkable collection of Indian art & sculpture which dates from the prehistoric era through the late medieval period. The museum was started in 1960 and the rich & varied collection is spread over three spacious floors.
The ground floor has displays from the Palaeolithic period as well as terracotta pieces from the Chalcolithic period. There is a good collection of finds from the Indus Valley sites of Mohenjodaro and Harrappa. There are also galleries of sculptures from the Mauryan era, Gandhara period, Gupta period, together with carved temple lintels from Hampi in South India. There is also a very fine collection of fine Chola era bronzes, a jewellery section, a collection of fine Indian miniature paintings, a maritime heritage gallery, a display of arms and armour and a Central Asian antiquities gallery. At least one full day is required to see all the objects on display. Timings: 10:00 – 17:00 Hrs. (Monday closed)