Museums of any place serve as an important attraction for tourists. This observation remains unaltered when we talk of Museums in Karnataka and more importantly the Indira Gandhi Manav Sangrahalaya, Mysore.
Situated in the city of Mysore which itself is rich in historical importance, the Indira Gandhi Manav Sangrahalaya is one of the National Museums of India. The museum has its headquarter in Bhopal. The museum is also known as the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya.
The prime objective behind the establishment of Indira Gandhi Manav Sangrahalaya in Mysore, India was to protect as well as showcase the art and culture of traditional India. This would serve to inform as well as educate the people of the present times about the rich heritage left behind by those belonging to the yesteryears.
The Indira Gandhi Manav Sangrahalaya, Mysore also acts as an institution to foster learning to those having an inclination towards imbibing the rural arts and crafts of India.
The various exhibits at the Indira Gandhi Manav Sangrahalaya, Mysore consist of handicrafts belonging to various ages and even those of the present day. The other articles that are worthy of a mention include the embroideries of Gujarat as well as the terracotta sculptures of Rajasthan.
The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is also known to organize several exhibitions and workshops of traditional arts and crafts. It also organizes competitions to nurture new and young talents. Among these, the Rangoli Competition has achieved considerable amount of recognition.
The Indira Gandhi Manav Sangrahalaya, Mysore is open on five days of the week viz. from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Sundays and Mondays are weekly holidays when it remains closed. Another aspect that draws people in large numbers is the fact that the museum does not charge any entry fee from anyone.