Located near Polo-ground, Manipur State Museum is a popular attraction of Imphal. It symbolizes art, culture and history of this beautiful state. Its rich collection of history-related documents, relics and age-old tradition allure tourists from different regions across the globe. For those who have keen interest in history of the region, it is a must visit place.
Established in 1969, Manipur State Museum is the showcase to the different cultures, art forms, nature and history of the region. Inaugurated by Late Smt. Indira Gandhi, former prime minister of India on 23rd September, the museum has the evidences that speak volume about the different aspects of the state. The collection for display is well-categorized and is displayed in seven galleries.
Galleries in the Museum
Display area of this museum is divided in seven sections. Named as Natural History, Hiyang Hiren gallery, Painting, Ethnology, Archeology, Jalan and Children's Gallery, the museum displays the soul of the state. It has an open air gallery, which allures kids visiting the museum.
There is a boat in the open gallery. Named as Hiyang Hiren (Royal Boat), it houses a 78 ft long? boat. One common thing about all the gallerias is that these collectively throw light on the rich culture and great history of Manipur. Out of these seven, three galleries Arts gallery, Jalan gallery and Children gallery remain closed but if you are lucky enough, you can get the glimpses.
The museum boasts of its wide collection of articles. It houses more then 10,000 artifacts that are are historically significant. The collection here includes domestic implements, traditional hookahs and Manipuri textiles. Besides these, earthen pottery, indigenous games of Manipur, rider less horse, arms and armoury, smoking pipes and lighters, caskets, basketry, tribal costumes, gold and silver utensils, Buddhist relics like gold mark, Meitei ornaments, time measuring equipment are also available for display. All the articles are kept under the high security due to their historical significance and high value.
Other Important Information
Manipur State Museum remains open during weekdays from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday and all other holidays, it remains closed. Visitors can enjoy the display from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. To enter the museum, visitors need to buy an entry ticket, which is available from the counter for a minimal amount.
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