Housing various Buddhist memorials and historic sites, Sanchi is a beautiful village situated in the Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh. A tour to Sanchi will remain incomplete without exploring its stunning Archaeological Museum. Find out what make this one and only museum in Sanchi a major tourist destination.
Address : NH-86, Near Sanchi Stupa, District Raisen, Sanchi - 464661
Timing : 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Closed : Friday and National Holidays
Established at the hilltop in Sanchi in 1919 by Sir John Marshall, former Director General of ASI, the Sanchi Archaeological Museum was later distorted at the foothill of Sanchi Stupa and got the exhibits transferred to the new building in the year 1966 because of the lack of space as well as for displaying the objects of the museum aesthetically.
The museum consists of four galleries and a main hall. It exhibits a large number of astonishing leftovers and art works representing the culture and background of this famous pilgrimage site. The amazing carvings and tools made of metal showcased in the museum are around 2000 years old. Most of the museum's objects are from Sanchi itself while the rest few are from its neighbouring villages including Vidisha, Gulgaon, Gyaraspur and Murelkhurd.
The museum is a must-visit for history buffs and tourists from across the world who wants to have a sense of era of the Emperor Ashoka, the original starter of the stupa. This museum is revealed as one of the richest sculptural finds of Buddhist heritage with a perfect blend of Buddhist and Hindu styles.