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Odisha State Museum, Bhubaneswar

(4.2/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web)
Odisha State Museum is a museum in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. In its original form it was established in 1932 and later moved to the current building in 1960. The museum is divided into eleven sections, viz, Archaeology, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Armoury, Mining & Geology, Natural History, Art & Craft, Contemporary Art, Patta Painting, Anthropology and Palmleaf Manuscripts. The museum is headed by a superintendent and the administrative control lies in the hands of Cultural Affairs Department, Government of Odisha.HistoryThe origin of this museum can be traced back to 1932, when some historians and professors, like William Jones, Ghanashyam Das, N. C. Banerjee, Harekrushna Mahatab established a museum in Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. In 1945-46, the Museum was shifted to Brahmananda building in old Bhubaneswar and given the status of a State Museum by the Government of Odisha. Later, the Museum was shifted to Patel Hall in 1950 and again to another building in Unit - I, Bhubaneswar. In 1957, the foundation of the Museum was laid by then President of India, Rajendra Prasad, and finally the Museum in the current building started operating from 1960.
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  • Good miusium. I Liked the museum and there are plenty of things that I liked so much I can't decide from where to start. 
  • A Museum of size medium with disparate collections of quality. The Museum is dirty and not maintained, it is a shame, some of the guards, sleep on their Chair and not even not realize your presence... Nothing transcendent, a rate multiplied by 10 for foreigners, and the double if you declare your camera... the garden is filled with trash, nobody does the bother of maintaining it, that's a shame, big potential.
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  • Located at a walkable distance from railway station, houses a very good collection to tell the story of Orissa. One can spend 2 hours to get to know the history behind Odisha. Closed on Mondays. Would...  more »
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  • Decent size museum with different sections. Well maintained and organized except for few exhibits. Wish they have some people who would keep an eye on miscreants and also help people in understanding more about the artifacts in the museum.
  • It is a Govt. of Odisha initiative to exhibit old saves from all ages of Odisha formation and also has some scientific exhibits. Children and even people of all age can experience a great museum feel, when they visit this museum situated just nearby Kalpana Chouk of Bhubaneswar. It has very nominal entry fee. Seeing the collection of this state Museum nobody will mind to pay fee, rather it will be felt some more fees should have been charged.
  • The museum is divided into eleven sections, viz, Archaeology,Epigraphy, Numismatics, Armoury, Mining &Geology, Natural History, Art & Craft, Contemporary Art, Patta Painting,Anthropology and Palmleaf Manuscripts.[
  • The archaeological collection is superb. Cleanliness 5/5. Animal and art section are a pleasure to look at. Overall a very nice experience.
  • Great Experience… Nice collection…. Good administration ….. Nicely preserved ….. True evidence of history ………