Govt Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh was established in 1947 to preserve the Gandharan sculptures, Pahari and Rajasthani miniature paintings. After the partition in 1947, the collection of paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and other art objects in the Central Museum in Lahore was shifted to this museum.
The Government Museum and Art Gallery in Chandigarh located in the center of the city and offers you a beautiful view of the Shivalik range of mountains. The extensive campus of the Museum was inaugurated on the 6th May, 1968. The beautiful campus of the museum is surrounded with selective trees and some contemporary sculptures.
Besides the exquisite design, the Museum comprises an Art Gallery, Natural History Museum, Chandigarh Architecture Museum and National Gallery of Portraits. The Chandigarh Architecture Museum displays the original documents of the planning and evolution of the city. You can also find some rare plans, sketches and photographs of the City in this section. If you want to get detailed information about this Chandigarh Architecture Museum, you can go to the reception counter and buy the published handbook for the Museum.
The Natural History Museum is an upgraded version of the existing museum of Evolution of Life. This landmark decision was taken in 2001. The five major sections that comprise this museum are Cyclorama of Evolution of Life, Nature in Art section, Manuscript section, Evolution of Man section and Dinosaurs of India section.
If you want to know about the rising of 1857 or the freedom in 1947, then come and visit the National Gallery of Portraits. This museum is dedicated to the sacred memory of fighters. The museum depicts the story of the struggle for freedom through photographs, portraits, sculptures, murals, dioramas and authentic documents arranged movement-wise.
The Chandigarh Architecture Museum depicts the history of Chandigarh. It comprises the studies of the first team of architecture and planners including the contribution of Albert Mayer, Matthew Nowicki and Le Corbusier. The original drawings, sketches, documents, models and translates are displayed in this museum.