Visit State Museum
State Museum is located 2.5 km west of the Scandal Point on the Inverarm Hill. The history of the building dates ...
State Museum is located 2.5 km west of the Scandal Point on the Inverarm Hill. The history of the building dates back to the colonial times when it was the private residence of Lord William Beresford. He was the Military Secretary to the then Viceroy of India, Lord William Bentinck. When he left India, the mansion was inhabited by Sir Edwin Collan and thereafter by Sir Edward Law. After independence, it served as the residence of Indian Government officials. It was transformed into a museum on January 26, 1974 with the sole aim of collecting and preserving the historical, artistic and archaeological items of the Himachal Pradesh State.
The museum boasts of having a grand collection of ancient historical sculptures, coins, paintings and photographs collected from all over the state and the country. It also houses a library which has around 10,000 books, journals and magazines. Sculpture gallery has metal, wooden and stone sculptures. In the painting section, Pahari and Rajasthani Miniature Painting, religious paintings, contemporary paintings and Mughal paintings have been put on display. Other than these rare artifacts, the museum also has a unique collection of Himachali dolls. Art and history lovers must visit the museum while touring Shimla.
Visiting Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open all days. (Close on Monday & Public Holidays)
For Indians: Rs. 10
Foreign Tourists: Rs. 50
TimingAll days of the week except Monday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
PREFFERED BYHistory Buffs, Connoisseurs, Experience Seekers
TIME SPENTAround 2 hours
ENTRY FEERs 10 per person for Indians Rs 50 per person for foreign tourists
Best SeasonSep - June