Address : Near Doordarshan Kendra, Chaura Maidan, Shimla - 171004
Timing : 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Closed : Monday
Himachal State Museum, Shimla
The Himachal State Museum is one of the popular attractions among tourists. It was established in the year 1974 and is strategically located near the Shimla railway station about 1 km away from the city. The main aim behind setting up this museum was to conserve the history, tradition and vivid culture of Shimla. Here various artifacts are preserved and displayed like the antique books, coins, paintings, jewelries and splendid handicraft items. There is a different section in the museum where beautiful Himachali dolls and toys are exhibited. This particular section is quite a hit, particularly among the little kids. The museum has been categorized into five galleries that display various things:
Pre-historic gallery : Ancient stone age devices and sculptures of extinct animals.
Wood carving gallery : Residue wood panels of prehistoric temples.
Archaeology gallery : Intricately carved sculptures and terracotta items belonging to Gupta, Maurya and Shunga dynasties.
Wall painting gallery : Beautiful paintings of Chamba Rang Mahal depicting the royal life of Raja Umed Singh.
Numismatic gallery : Primeval coins of Himachal Pradesh