Popular as 'Mini Switzerland', Dalhousie is a picturesque hill station, which embrace many attractions to pull tourists from all over the world. The Bhuri Singh Museum is one of many attractions in Dalhousie, popular for its collection of miniature paintings from the Chamba, Kangra, and Basohli school. It has many interesting carvings and weapons that portrays the ancient culture of the Chamba Valley. This museum was officially established in 1908 and was named after the illustrious King Raja Bhuri, who donated his family paintings and other antiques, reflecting Chamba culture, to the museum.
Highlights The museum showcases wood carvings, weapons, rumal (embroideries), intriguing copper-plate inscription and ornately carved centuries-old fountain slabs from around the Chamba Valley. It also exhibits the inscriptions in Sarda scripts, which provide vital information on the medieval account of Chamba. The collections in Bhumi Singh Museum reflect the history of the region Chamba and its rulers, who were great patrons of arts and culture. Some of the important collections include Guler-Kangra style paintings, Basohli style paintings, which illustrate the Bhagwat Purana and Ramayana, Chamba-Rumals, etc.
Other than this, the tourists can see on display, items like Armour and arms, coins, hill jewellery & costumes, diverse ornamental artefacts, and musical instruments. All this collection is available in the newly built museum, however, the visitors can also see the old museum building, which was constructed in 1975.
Important Info The Bhuri Singh Museum remains open to visitors throughout the week from 10 AM to 5 PM and is closed on every Monday and on all national holidays. The tourists can easily visit this museum in the Chamba Valley from Dalhousie via Shimla through their private cars, or luxury buses.