Inarguably, the museums in Himachal Pradesh are a true reflection of how and why this North Indian hilly state is what it is today. The state may have a handful of museums that are mostly situated in two popular tourist destinations of Manali and Shimla, but they compensate with their extensive collections on art, architecture, history, and culture. Other popular destinations in Himachal Pradesh like Dharamshala, Palampur, and Solan also house museums to offer a glimpse of rich history, culture, and traditions of the state.
The capital city Shimla is home to the State Museum that plays a vital role in preserving Himachal's ancient artistic, historical, archaeological and ethnological human works. The city is also the home of one of its kind Annadale Army Heritage Museum that boasts a rich history of Indian army with the collections of uniforms and armoury. For kids, there is this small Johnnie’s Wax Museum that exhibits wax statues ranging from the famed Harry Potter, Iron Man to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Owing to its rich history, individually, Shimla also found it necessary to maintain a heritage museum that displays old photographs of the foregone era. Apart from this, Baba Bhalku Rail Museum takes you back in the time of when Kalka Shimla Railway, now a UNESCO recognized World Heritage, was being prepared. The art lovers can relish a tour to Prantika that flaunts a vast collection of art pieces.
The popular tourist destination, Manali boasts being home to International Roerich Memorial Trust that exhibits the best work of this famed Russian painter. Manali is also an ideal destination to have a detailed understanding of Himachal Pradesh’s culture and traditions. With its Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art, the preserves and bring under one roof, the scattered and diverse culture of the state.
A museum in Dharamshala draws our attention to the Tibetan influence in the state, while for art lovers, Palampur opens doors of Sobha Singh Art Gallery. Chamba invites them to its Bhuri Singh Museum, and Kangra welcomes them to have a glance at Museum of Kangra Art. The Dagshai Jail Museum in Solan offers insights into the lives of prisoners during the British rule. The district of Lahaul & Spiti is dotted with few museums on its art and culture, one of them located in the premises of Tabo Monastery. Himachal Pradesh endeavours its best to preserve its rich heritage in the form of its many museums that offer insight on every prominent aspect of life in the state.