Assam State Museum

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Located in the picturesque Dighalipukhuri area, the Assam State Museum is one of the biggest multipurpose museum and boasts of one of the richest repositories of antiques and art objects in the country. Established in 1940 by the Kamarupa Anusandhan Samiti (Assam Research Society), the Museum is the oldest institution of its kind in Northeast India.

This magnificent multipurpose museum dedicated to the culture and rich heritage of Assam offers a vibrant and astonishing exhibit of the centuries old traditions of the state. The omnibus of antiques displayed in the museum dates back to the pre-historic era. The collection of the museum boasts of some of the most authentic prehistoric ivory paintings, sculptures, metal, woodwork and costumes etc.It surpasses all the other museums in India, as one of the largest multipurpose museum. The exhibits in the Museum are displayed under different heads, viz., Epigraphy, Sculptures, Miscellaneous, Natural History, Crafts, Anthropology & Folk Art & Arms section. The sculptures from the Assam region again fall into four main categories – stone, wood, metal and terracotta, The collections which are on for display here, are very rare.

Housed in a grand colonial building, this museum has a large sculpture collection downstairs, while the upper floors are devoted to informative tribal culture exhibits. You get to walk through reconstructed tribal homes. Time permitting, it’s worth a visit.

Exhibits of the Museum

The Ahom artifacts- rare specimens of the Ahom dynasty on display are great. Most of the display space is given to Hindu artifacts and things related to Aryan Brahminic culture of old Pragjyotishpur, Kamrupa region or lower Assam. One can find a segment attributed to the last ruling tribe the Tai Ahom.

The collection of the museum comprises the stone sculptures of thousand years back; various weapons, utensils, old Royal garments, coins, age old metal sculptures paintings, stone and copper plate inscriptions. These collections are the most authentic source of the history of this land. Beautiful ancient illustrated manuscripts of ‘Sanchi Bark’ and collection of paintings are on display here. This museum is preserving some special Monuments of World War II. One finds Ink Pot used in 2nd Century , the culture and the sculpture dated back to 2nd century , to world war II , soldier’s masked wear , the then Capsule Bomb found in Nagaland of world war II is really enthralling.

There is a huge showcase of ancient coins, fabrics, tribal arts and sculptures of Assamese culture. The museum displays replicas of the tribal huts, which have been reconstructed later. One can walk in and examine the tits bits of the community. Time to time exhibitions are also organized displaying the traditional weaving along with several other handicraft products, like locally made cane and bamboo items, toys and pottery.

The archaeological and ethnographic exhibits of the museum include local costumes and terracotta. Apart from the sculptures of Surya, tourists can also see stone and copper plate inscriptions, which date back from the 5th century to the 12th century. The traditional dress section displays what the Kings and Queen used to wear. Museum of the state shows the importance of history of the state and imparts total education into ancient culture of Assam and Her people from bygone era. The museum opens at 10 AM in the morning and closes at 5PM in the evening but during winter closing time is reduced by half an hour. One day of the week that is Monday, museum remains closed.

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm (summers), 10 am to 4.30 pm (winters).
Closed On: Mondays; 2nd and 4th Saturdays, Govt Holidays
Highlights: Prehistoric Antiques, Traditional Artifacts, Photo Gallery
Entry Fee: Rs.5 per person for adults, Rs.10 per still camera, Rs.100 per camcorder

Cottage Industry Museum

It is a small museum situated at Ambari and under the management of the Department of Industries, government of the Assam. The objects on display include many colourful items from the Satriya culture and indigenous art and craft. It is a five minute of walk for Assam Raijyik Museum.

Dighalipukhuri Tank

This a tank and surrounding it is a park where one can enjoy with kids after visit to museum. It’s bang opposite the museum. There are different play items of kids. On top of that one can also do boating in the tank. The cool breeze near the tank is really soothing.

Assam State museum is 10 minutes walk from the Railway Station. Not close to LGB Airport or ISBT but easily accessible from both the place by road. Both private and public vehicle is available. Many eateries are there around the museum hence one need not stay hungry. One can put up in hotels which are in close vicinity of the museum or in other part of the city and can be traveled easily.

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