Considered to be the most prominent museum of the state, the Manipur State Museum in Imphal was inaugurated on 23rd September 1969. The museum comprises galleries of archaeological, ethnology and natural history. Visiting the museum, one could see the main feature of the museum which is like 54-feet long royal boat called Hiyang Hiren, which you would find showcased in the open gallery. Not just this, but tourists from across the globe visiting the Manipur State Museum come across the historical dossiers, war weapons and tribal clothing to the range of royal artefacts exhibited including the ancient polo equipment and the costumes. Other than these, there are some other collections which are extraordinary and fascinating like the golden bird with canopy and gold-plated human mask along with skull. The massively structured museum provides plenty of other things to the tourists. In the sense, visitors can see even come across the agricultural and domestic equipment, Buddha relics, ancient smoking pipes, manipur textiles, tribal ornaments, lighters, and more. Apart from the conservation of archaeological discoveries, the Manipur State Museum conducts awareness programs, cultural appreciation courses and thematic exhibitions and that why it is a must visit and interactive tourist attraction in Imphal for people of all ages.
How to Reach?
One could either avail the public transport facility or simply walk to the museum when in Imphal.
Best Time to Visit?
Can be visited all throughout the year, but consider visiting during the winter season i.e., between November and February as the weather remains favourable to explore.
The Manipur State Museum remains open from from Tuesday to Sunday between 10:30 AM and 04:30 PM. The museum remains closed on Mondays, 2nd Saturdays and on Government Holidays.
The entry fees to the museum is INR 10 for Adults (Indian), INR 5 for School Children and INR 50 for Foreign Tourists.