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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  • August 17, 2017
    this is one of the best places to visit. You can keep your phone and other valuable in the locker without issue. you would enjoy the visit.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The museum is situated very near to SARNATH stupa . Have nominal entry fee. It is small in size but have a marvelous collection of sculptures of Buddha and King Ashok era . The jewel of the attraction...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    This is very interesting museum. It is not very big but it has old objects from Indian history and religion  more »

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