Assam State Museum

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Time Required: 2-3 hrs

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Summers: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 
Winters: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
(Closed on Mondays, 2nd, and 4th Saturday)

Entry Fee:

INR 5
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Assam State Museum, Guwahati Overview

Assam State Museum, also known as Assam Rajyik State Museum, is located in the heart of Guwahati city in Dighali Pukhuri tank. It is one of the most famous museums of the North- East India that gives insights into the rich culture of ancient history and as well as the modern history of North-East India. Its prominent location in the center of the city attracts a large number of history buffs and tourists visiting Guwahati.

The museum was established during the colonization of British in India in the year 1940. It was set up by the Kamarupa Anusandhan Samiti, Assam research society to showcase the history, sculptures, and handicrafts of North East India. The museum was developed under the presidency of Kanklal Baruah, and it was taken by the state soon after his death in the year 1953.

The Museum offers an extensive collection of artifacts and sculptures dating back to the 5th-12th century to the new artifacts from the World War II. This museum is a great place to visit if you want a sneak-peak of the history of the North-east India.

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The museum is divided into various sections each one showcasing the different sect of history. Manuscript section displays the ancient manuscripts such as Assamese, Tai, Myanmarese, The interesting part, however, is the collection of these documents on the bark of old trees that are well-preserved inside the museum. Arms and ammunition section has a vast compilation of the swords, armors from the Medieval period to the Mughal period. It also houses the collection of ammunition from the World War II. The collection of arms of the Ahom dynasty of 1200's is the uniqueness of this section.

The prehistoric terracotta section has put on display the sculptors from the Indus Valley civilization and the various terracotta objects extracted from the different parts of Northeast India. Numismatics and metallic sculptures section have the collection of metal relics of Vishnu, Goddess Durga, and Buddha along with the collection of coins from Mughal and Ahom dynasty.

Epigraphy section has a collection of stone and copper inscriptions belonging to 5-18th century. Natural history gallery has the collection of natural biodiversity of the state including the life of one-horn rhino. The museum has also put on display the various handicrafts and handmade objects of the North-east India along with the reconstructed tribal huts. The conservation lab was opened in June 1984 to conserve the present collection of the sculptures and artifacts found in the museum and to extract more historical objects.

You can carry your camera inside with the special ticket of INR 10 permitting photography inside the museum.

It is located in Dighali Phukti tank which is 10 minutes of walk away from the Guwahati railway station. You can take a rickshaw from railway station to the museum.

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