The Chandigarh based Government Museum & Art Gallery is one of the most prestigious museums in the entire country. This is one of the 3 museums that is designed by the famous French architect, LeCorbusier.
Housing the largest collection of Gandhara sculptures along with Pahari & Miniature paintings. Located in the heart of the city, Chandigarh this museum is formally known for being a part of “Geri Route”. This museum is located besides Government College of Art at one side and the Museum of Architecture & Natural History on another making this a haven for tourists, history buffs, art lovers, researchers, and students.
All everyone knows about this museum is that this place beholds the largest collection of art and history, what people don’t know is that, its a history of this museum itself that makes it more alluring to tourists and visitors. Well! We will talk about this some other time.
For now, let me share some of the interesting things to do at the Government Museum & Art Gallery in Chandigarh.
Things you should Check out at the prestigious Government Museum & Art Gallery of Chandigarh
This famous museum is broadly divided into four sections that include Art Gallery, Chandigarh Architecture Museum, Natural History Museum, and National Gallery of Portraits.
Each and every section in this museum is dedicatedly designed to reflect the art and history of the city. Where at one end one can enjoy the mesmerizing exhibits of the evolution of man, ancient manuscripts, and dinosaurs in India in Natural History section there at the other you can admire the original documents and plans of the first planned city of India, the city beautiful at Chandigarh Architecture Museum section. What amazed me was some of the old and rare sketches and pictures of the city here in this section.
Walking ahead there is the Art Gallery that will remind you of the ancient India, Gandhara period, and Medieval India. One major thing to not miss at this Art Gallery is the 637 Gandhara Sculptures displayed alongside the 4000 Indian miniature paintings belonging to the Pahari School of Art.
Not only this, there is a remarkable collection of about 200 Medieval Indian Sculptures collected from nearby sites of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Haryana.
Along with all this, this museum also beholds the collection of Indian Gold, Copper, and Silver coins.
At one end of this remarkable and quaint museum, there is a library full of references to meed the intellectual requirement of students as well as scholars.
These are some of the most interesting things that one should not miss out while visiting this priceless “Government Museum and Art Gallery” based in Chandigarh.
So, what are you waiting or? Enjoy the priceless experience at this famous and magnificent museum of the country, India.
Key Point – The museum organizes light and sound show every weekend – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Address: #502 sector, 10C, Chandigarh, 160011
Also Check out the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, the place where the beauty holds your soul.
Q – What are museum timing for visitors?
A – The Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh are open from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM every day except Mondays and National Holidays when it stays closed.
Q – What is the best time to visit the museum?
A – Although you can visit the museum whenever you like, I would rather suggest you visit it on the weekend that is either Friday, Saturday or Sunday. These are the days when the museum organizes the phenomenal light and sound show.
Q – Is the entry to the museum free?
A – Nope, but it is nearly nothing. The entry to the museum costs only INR 10 for adults.
Q – How to reach the Government Museum and Art Gallery?
A – Being in a city that has the country’s finest transportation system, it is very easy to reach the museum. There are many cab services like OLA and Uber operating in the city. Also, there are many “tuk-tuks” commonly known as “autos” operating the city that can help you reach anywhere in the city including the Government Museum and Art Gallery.