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Government Museum

The Government Museum of Bangalore was established in the year 1865 in August, and it is one of the oldest museums in India. Being located on the Kasturba Gandhi Road, it is just 4 km away from Bangalore City Railway Station and enjoys proximity to famous Cubbon Park. The Government Museum has an impressive collection of artifacts that attracts art lovers and history buffs. It is an attractive red colonial-era structure that exemplifies old-era architecture. Colonel Sankey outlined its main building design, and several wings were added to this building later. It has welcomed the public since 1886 and has become one of the best tourist attractions in Karnataka.

Features of Government Museum

This museum has 2 exhibition floors which are divided into 18 galleries and comprising various sections. These sections are art, geology, numismatics, natural history, and sculpture that displays the rich collection of coins, art, and relics from the Mohenjodaro, Halebid, and Vijayanagara. Each gallery keeps some fascinating elements that will give you an awe-inspiring moment. It is home to 5000 years old relics that will amaze you.

The painting gallery of this museum exhibits elegant and rare paintings in Mysore and Tanjore style. Visitors can also witness the painting from Rajasthani and Pahari schools. The antique collections of the museum will give you a glimpse of the civilization of Harappa and Mohenjodaro. Besides that, there are many artifacts, like ivory carvings, inlay work, sandal-wood caskets, which are some of the most admirable things here.

Fun Facts:

  • This Museum is also known as Tamasha House, which means Entertainment house.
  • It is the second oldest museum in the southern region of India.
  • It has functioned as the Cantonment's jail building before the museum was opened.

Attractions of Government Museum

  • The 600 paintings under Venkatappa Art Gallery
  • Sculptures from Hoysala, Nolamba, and Gandhara eras
  • Majestic artifacts that were received while excavation at Chandravalli, Mohenjodaro, Hampi, and Halebeedu.
  • The ancient epigraph of Begur inscription from 890 AD, Halmidi Shasana from 450 AD, and Atakur inscription from 949 AD
  • Musical instruments of the ancient time
  • The epic scale model of Tipu Sultan’s Fort, Srirangapatna
  • Artifacts of Terracotta from Mathura (birthplace of Lord Krishna)
  • Weapons related to Kodagu warriors

Timing of Government Museum:  10 AM till 5 PM (Open all days except Monday)

Visit Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Famous For: History and Art

Entry Fee of Government Museum:

  • For Adults: 20 INR
  • For Children: 10 INR

How to Reach Government Museum:

This Government Museum is located in the Cubbon park campus, which is around 5km from Bus stand and 36 km from Bengaluru Airport. Reaching this building by using the Bengaluru Metro is one of the ideal ways, and Cubbon Park metro station is the nearest one. You can also take a taxi, bus, or can from any part of Bengaluru city.

Best Time to Visit Government Museum

The best time to visit the Government museum is between September to February as the climate is mild and perfect for sightseeing. The building is not air-conditioned, and it is advised to visit in the early morning or the evening for a better experience.

Nearby Attractions

You can get many tourist attractions near this museum, where you can unravel the other beauty of Bangalore. Here is the list of best places to visit near the Government Museum:

  • Cubbon Park
  • Lumbini Garden
  • Lal Bagh Botanical Garden
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
  • ISKCON Temple

Nearby Restaurants

There are many places to eat near this attraction that will take care of your hunger. With the wide variety of cuisines, these eateries offer lip-smacking foods. Check out the list of best restaurants near the Government Museum.  

  • JW Kitchen
  • Barbeque Nation
  • Rajdhani Thali Nation
  • Mainland China
  • The Only Place

Places to stay Near This Museum:

The ample facility of accommodations in Bangalore befits every kind of budget. One of the best accommodations options is JW Marriott Bengaluru, a luxury hotel right opposite Government Museum. Apart from that Octave Suite Residency, Hotel Ramanashree Richmond Circle, and Casa Cottage are other options for staying near this museum.

Travel Tips:

  • Wear comfortable footwear as you need to cover the area of the building by walking.
  • Within the premises of the Museum, Photography is not allowed.
  • You can hire a local guide to gain more insightful knowledge about each section.