Address : Near Kotwali Thana, Budh Marg, Patna - 800001
Timing : 10:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Closed : Monday and Public Holidays
Situated only a kilometer away from Central Patna, Patna Museum was built in the year 1917 at the time of British rule in India. The architecture of this splendid museum is based on the Rajput and Mughal style and is popularly known as Jadu Ghar. There are several stone and metal sculptures from the Mauryan and Gupta epochs, present here for exhibition. This museum is also an abode to the cannon of First World War and a 16-meter-long fossilized tree that dates back to 200 million years and is termed as the longest fossilized tree throughout the world. Patna museum also boasts of the paintings that are from the time of British rule and the paintings that display the life of Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first president of India.
It is the oldest museum in this city highlighting several fascinating works of art, and sculptures along with amazing terracotta figures. Even though the museum has a faded and old looks from the external side of the building, it is still extremely alluring for the history buffs. It houses a magnificent collection of Chinese Art, Jain Images, Buddhist Sculptures and Buddhist Bodhisattvas. A sandstone idol of Yakshi (A female attendant), holding a flying whisk is one of the main charms of Patna Museum.
This museum also includes a Buddhist Relic Gallery that houses a stupa established in 1958 in Vaishali. This gallery is said to include the remains of Gautama Buddha. Moreover, Patna Museum is situated at a close proximity from the Indira Gandhi Planetarium.