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Archaeological Museum, Varanasi

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See the famous four-lions pillar of Ashoka featured on Indian flag at Archaeological Museum, the oldest site museum in the country. Established in 1910, the museum houses the findings and excavations at the Sarnath archeological site. Five galleries and two verandahs feature nearly 7,000 sculptures and artifacts with a particularly good collection of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas images. In addition to the 2,260 years old sandstone pillar, you can admire a seated 5th century seated Buddha, cross-legged with a halo, or a life-size image of a standing Bodhisattva with a lotus. Explore the open-air section of pillar bases and sculptures set in well-maintained gardens. Make Archaeological Museum a centerpiece of your Varanasi vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Varanasi family vacation planner.
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  • Despite being a small museum, it preserves important ancient relics related to Buddhism. But the most important piece that contains the capital of a column which gave rise to the national emblem of India.
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  • Lovely collection of Buddhist artifacts--of note is the Ashokan pillar and the Monk Bala patronized statue with umbrella (aside). Great for the art history lover as well as the cultural enthusiast. Th...  more »
  • Sarnath is an incredible town of significance to Buddhists and I recommend visiting the temples that the world's Buddhist countries have built here. Within this museum is the incredible Ashoka Pillar ...  more »