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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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  • This is one of the core places to visit when visiting Sarnath. Some of the artifacts are quite famous in India and some are very intricate. All luggage is to be left at the entrance and extremely unfo...  more »
  • This museum is located next to the excavation site and houses the upper part of the Ashokan Pillar. It also houses remains of artifacts found during excavations and excellent sculptures of Buddha and ...  more »
  • I was with my family. My children are in growing stage. They learnt plenty of things about the history & culture.....Great Ashoka's Lot also available.  more »