With its diverse and remarkable collection, Prayagraj Museum in the holy city of Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, is a must-see for people of all ages. Situated inside the complex of Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, this popular museum dates back to 1931. On display here is a rich assortment of paintings, artefacts and photographs. Not just this, this renowned tourist site in Prayagraj also has a repository of various sculptures that trace their history back to the Gupta period.
The main highlights of this place are separate galleries that are dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru. In the gallery of Nehru, there lies his original manuscripts - ‘In and Out of Prison’. The manuscript later got published as Jawahar Lal Nehru’s autobiography which was named - The Discovery of India. Whereas, inside the Gandhi gallery, his photographs are put up on display that gives tourists an insight into his life from childhood to death. Gandhi Smriti Vahan, a vehicle on which the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed in Triveni Sangam, is also kept on display in this popular historical tourist site in Prayagraj. On the whole, Prayagraj Museum is one of the not-to-miss places.
The origin of Prayagraj Museum dates back to the 19th-century. The museum was originally founded in the year 1863 by Sir William Muir - Lt. Governor of North-West Province. Later in the year 1881, the museum got shut down, the reason for which is unknown. Thereafter, it was Jawahar Lal Nehru and Madan Mohan Malviya along with a major leading newspaper - The Pioneer who took initiative to reopen the museum in 1931 in the Municipal Board building. However, due to the lack of space, it was shifted to the complex of Alfred Park, also known as Chandra Shekhar Azad Park. The foundation of the current building of the museum was laid on 14 December 1947. In the year 1954, the museum was opened to general public.
Chandrashekhar Azad Park, Kamla Nehru Road, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh 211002, India
Prayagraj Museum remains open from Tuesday to Sunday. On Mondays, the museum remains closed. Tourists can visit the place from 10:30 in the morning to 4:30 in the evening.
The entry fee to the Prayagraj Museum varies for both local and international visitors.
Please Note: One has to pay 25 INR extra in order to carry a camera inside the museum.
In close proximity to Prayagraj Museum, there are other equally enthralling tourist sites of Prayagraj that can also be visited by tourists.