Town Hall Museum Kolhapur
Hop, jump and skip away from Chhatrapati Pramilaraje Rugnalaya (cities civil hospital) stands the iconic Town Hall museum. Due to museum's magnificent building, which was built by Major C. Mant, a British engineer, it is easily visible to tourist. The museum came into existence when Dr. H. D. Sankalia and Dr. M. G. Dikshit from Pune carried out the excavations on a hillock called Brahmapuri. When both of them started the unearthing process, they came across relics; however wasn't able to find a place to store them due to lack of space. That's how the museum came into existence.
Presently, the museum is classified into seven precise sections, namely portraits, paintings, archaeological, sculpture, metal, weapons, and miscellaneous. In the museum, one can find two impressive 18th-century cannons, ivory and sandalwood made idols, dices, decorative pots, terracotta musical instruments dating back to 1888; and paintings of Kala Maharshi Baburao Painter.
Here one can find one section dedicated to metal artifacts, which features the 11th-century CE brass idols of Vishnu and Mahalakshmi, and copper-plate inscriptions. Moreover, there is one section that focuses on findings of the Brahmapuri excavation, which is mainly famous for its bronze idol of the Greek god Poseidon. For history lovers, this museum is a must visit.
The Town Hall Museum, Bhausingji Road, Kolhapur