Timings : 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Closed on Monday)
Time Required : 1-2 hrs
Entry Fee : Indian Tourists: INR 15
Foreign Tourists: INR 250
Situated in the city of Patna in Bihar, the Patna Museum, locally known as the Jadu Ghar is a very popular museum that houses more than 50,000 rare art objects. These include Indian artefacts from the ancient, middle ages and the British colonial era. It was built in 1917 and was started on 3 April of the same year during the British rule to house the historical artefacts founded in Patna. The rich collection of the museum will take you back to the past to reminisce Indian history and glory.
Constructed in the style of Mughal and Rajput architecture, the museum has different galleries that contain masterpieces from the past. The Holy Relic Casket, with the sacred ashes of Lord Buddha and the beautiful statue, Yakshani, are the most highlighted attractions of the place. Archaeological objects such as coins, art objects, paintings, instruments, textiles, thankas, bronze sculptures and terracotta images by various Hindu and Buddhist artists are on display in the museum. Another one of the museum's prized possessions is a rare collection of British-period paintings depicting day-to-day life of the Indians of the era, along with a fine collection related to the first President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad, and a First World War cannon.
1. Natural History Gallery- Situated on the right side of the ground floor, this gallery contains a variety of preserved animals like tigers, crocodiles, panthers, birds and a large bison stands in the middle of the hall.
2. Stone Sculpture Gallery- Situated on the left side of the ground floor, it has the fascinating statue of Didarganj Yakshi right in the middle. The hall also contains some other beautiful artefacts, and it opens into one more hall which the statues of Lord Buddha in different posture belonging to the Pala Period (800-1200 AD). Indian artefacts from the Gupta period and most exquisite specimens of Pala arts are housed in the museum.
3. Terracotta Gallery- Situated on the midway to the first floor, this gallery has magnificent terracotta items from the Mauryan period, Sunga period, Kushan period and Gupta Period.
Bronze Gallery, Rahul Sanskritayayana's Gallery, Weapon Gallery, Painting Gallery, Patliputra Gallery and Rajendra Gallery are some of the other galleries on the first floor.
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