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Government Museum Mathura, Mathura

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Government Museum, Mathura commonly referred as Mathura museum is an archaeological museum in Mathura city of Uttar Pradesh state in India. The museum was founded by then collector of the Mathura district, Sir F. S. Growse in 1874. Initially it was known as Curzon Museum of Archaeology, then Archaeology Museum, Mathura, and finally changed to the Government Museum, Mathura.OverviewThe museum houses artifacts pottery, sculptures, paintings, and coins primarily from in and around Mathura, plus discoveries made by noted colonial archaeologists like Alexander Cunningham, F. S. Growse, and Fuhrer. The museum is famous for ancient sculptures of the Mathura school dating from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD., during Kushan Empire and Gupta Empire. today it is one of the leading museums of Uttar Pradesh.The Government of India issued a postage stamp on October 9, 1974 on the centenary of the museum.Notable collectionFurther readingSharma, R. C. 1976. Mathura Museum and Art. 2nd revised and enlarged edition. Government Museum, Mathura.Growse, F. S. 1882. Mathura A District Memoir.Kumar, Jitendera. Masterpieces Of Mathura Museum. Sundeep Prakashan. ISBN 81-7574-118-X.
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Accommodations in the sacred town of Mathura range from four-star hotels to affordable, basic guesthouses lining the gnats, where devotees come to take a dip in the holy river water. The largest cluster of lodgings can be found near the main train station, while a number of establishments line the town streets, including mid-range two- and three-star hotel options.
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  • The various sculptures in the museum were nice. The place was frequently visited by various school children. It seems that they are not having power backup as it was dark inside the museum during powe...  more »
  • Mathura has a very rich history spanning across thousands of year. Mathura Museum was set up in late 19th Century to store and display the archealogical pieces collected from in and around Matgura. Th...  more »
  • The artefacts kept in this museum portray some 2000 years of history in and around Mathura city. Sculptures of Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha and several other dieties and paintings are kept on display. An...  more »
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  • All the items in the museum are from the same time period- The Kushaan Kaal. Most of the stone statues are broken or partitioned which shows that the museum has not been properly conditioned. The only thing to see here is the largest Buddha statue outside the main campus. The large statue of Queen Victoria has been stolen about 5 years ago, due to poor security. There are no guides here and even no information written on the stones of boards so that one can know something about what he is looking at in the museum. The staff here is illiterate. They don't even guide you properly. Taking photos there is prohibited, but I took many and no one was there is to deny me! Seeing same stones and statues of same time period again n again, headache started developing. There is no AC here, but it feels cools inside the campus.
  • Great place to explore antiquities of the era of Jesus Christ +/- 200 years, Kushan art is impressive
  • Its beautiful any many statues there for jainism
  • The rich art history of Mathura every now and then reveals the antiquarian remains needed to placed for the exhibition for the public view and along with that needs a proper care, protection and preservation this necessity was felt by Sir F.S. Growse in 1874 then the collector of district who selected a beautiful but unused building situated near the collectors court. It process of acquisition was stated and year after year it had a rich collection of the heritage art pieces gathered from and near the Mathura reign and after 7 years it was opened for the public in 1881. It was taken over by the Mathura state museum in 1900. And in 1908 it had Lt. Col. Vost and pandit radha Krishnan as the first curator and asst curator respectively 1910 it published the first catalogue and in 1912 the museum came under the control of the provincial government. A new building was constructed in 1929 in the dampier park and the present building was opened to the public in 1930 and now the old museum serves as the collection house of the Mathura state museum the new building have a completely octagonal shape with the red sandstone outwork looks brilliantly sanding in the busy area of the Matura city it have beautiful gardens on the both sides to give it a charming look. It acquires a nice collection of sculptures from the galleries dedicated to the mauryan art to the medieval period the museum had been recently added a water cooler few benches in them to increase the public services of itself. the museums hold a large number of collection which can be opened for the scholars only there is very need for the proper documentation of the Mathura museum can the problem is basically due to the fund raising and shortage of the space it is proposed to be built in museum fully in the Mathura ( vraja) style for this more space is needed to display the coins ,bronze, paintings and specimens of folk art. The state museum of Mathura organizes varies activities as being the centre of Mathura school of arts it enables the art lovers and pursuit of the research on different aspects of the Mathura school of art there is a good reference library and photographic laboratory are also available. It equally welcomes the general public and efforts are made by the museum for the awareness of art in the public lectures film shows and the temporary exhibitions are organized in a regular period. Beside the photographs and some literature on the general art and archeology are also available on the sale counter. Mathura state museum can be visited as: Timings 10 am to 5 pm except on all government holidays Admission fee nominal Suggested hours to tour 1:30 hours
  • Mathura Museum, Dampier Nagar, Choubey Para, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh 281001, India