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Museums in Varanasi

There is a plethora of fascinating museums in the city, exhibiting all sorts of artifacts from yesteryear. The one that attracts the attention of the visitors on the tour to Varanasi is" The Bharat Kala Museum", comprises an array of galleries, showcasing stone sculptures and Buddhist reliefs such as the Mad Indian Elephant, ancient peacocks, Buddha Taming Nilgiri. The other museums display the best antiquities in the whole of India.

Here is the list of interesting museums presenting the chronicle development of Varanasi through its various collections of artifacts and structural design.

Bharat Kala MuseumBharat Kala Museum, Varanasi

An art and architecture museum, having a huge collection of costumes and textiles, Buddhist and Hindu sculptures, miniature paintings and other items of archaeological importance, Bharat Kala Museum is one of the best places to explore in Varanasi. Most of the pictures in this museum dates back from 15th century to 16th century. It was founded in1920 A.D inside the BHU campus. The main sections in this museum are Sculpture gallery, Decorative gallery, Nidhi gallery, Nicholas Roerich gallery and Mahamana Malaviya gallery.

Address: Semi Circle Road, 3, Kabir Colony, Banaras Hindu University Campus, Varanasi
Timing: 10:30 AM to 5 PM
Closed: Sunday and University Holidays

Ramnagar Fort MuseumRam Nagar Fort Museum, Varanasi

Tourists from all walks of life pay a visit to Ramnagar fort museum which is just 6 miles from Varanasi. The main highlights that one can explore are decorated howdahs, art works, weaponry displays and intricate ivory carvings. Some of the objects of art and paintings showcase past festivities in the charming city of Varanasi. Also dubbed as Saraswati Bhawan, it is also famed for its superb collection of American vintage cars and black musical instruments. One should not give a miss on this museum when in Varanasi.

Address: 1 mile from BHU via Pontoon, VaranasiRam Nagar Fort Museum, Varanasi
Timing: 9 AM to Noon and 2 PM to 5:30 PM
Closed: Public Holidays

Government Museum One of the main museums of Varanasi, Government Museum displays an interesting collection of antiquities ranging from 3rd - 12th century. Some of the main artifacts on display here - Paintings, bronze items, clays objects, terracotta bowls and pottery. Established in the year 1874, the collection includes a huge number of archaeological remains excavated from the Mathura region.

Timing: 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Closed: Public Holidays