Address : Manipur State Museum, Near Polo Ground
Timing : 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Closed : Monday and holidays
Manipur State Museum
Positioned in the heart of the city, near Polo Ground, the Manipur State Museum is definitely the most well-known museum of the state. It had the privilege to get launched by the then Prime Minister of India - Indira Gandhi on 23rd September 1969. The museum is a worldwide acclaimed attraction. It talks about ample of galleries elucidating several aspects of natural history, ethnology and archaeology, and that too moderately featuring the state's striking tradition and a collection of portraits of Manipur's former rulers.
One of the most prominent elements that this museum boasts of is 54-feet long royal boat called HiyagHiren, presented in the open gallery. From historical relics, war weapons and tribal clothing to costumes spelling out true royalty and olden polo kit, an array of artifacts displayed is extremely awe-inspiring. A few collections that are unusually impressive comprise of golden bird with canopy and gold-plated human mask with skull.
Beside these items, visitors can also witness agricultural and domestic equipment, antique smoking pipes, tribal ornaments, lighters, Manipuri textiles and Buddha remnants. Almost all the objects in display here signify rich past of the state that forms a quintessential part of the history of Manipur.
Along with being active in conservation of archaeological discoveries, this museum also conducts awareness programs, cultural appreciation courses, science fairs, mobile and thematic exhibitions. It is also earning accolades for frequent programmes and activities like- events promoting conservation of biological case studies. All these factors make the Manipur State Museum a participated place for people of all ages and a must-visit site in Imphal.