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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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  • You need to buy a ticket from across the road. There's a locker room to deposit all your things, including cellphone. It took us some time to get inside the museum as the locker room guy was missing, ...  more »
  • Situated just in front of dhamekh stupa site. inside this museum, you can see many beautiful artefacts. And they're all well preserved. all have A/C.  more »
  • First thing you are not allowed to take your camera and mobile phones in this museum. Second thing, this museum is really awesome, you can read the history and everything in German, French and Hindi a...  more »

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