Nagaland is known for its tribes and their culture, and if you want to witness the rare collections of tribal artefacts, then Nagaland State Museum is the place to be. It is a popular attraction in Nagaland, a state in the northeastern part of India and exhibits how the culture of the Nagas has evolved over time.
The museum displays artefacts of more than 16 tribes inhabiting the state including precious stones, traditional attires, necklaces, images of their culture and practices.
Established in the year 1970 by Nagaland Government, this museum offers a 360-degree view into the culture, history, and lives of Naga tribes. It is located only 1.5 km from the heart of the town and displays aspects like its art, artefacts, old weaponry, Naga cuisine, and colourful traditional dresses.
On your tour to Nagaland State Museum Kohima, witness some precious stones like coral, cornelian, and tourmaline along with artefacts made of brass and silver bells. The attire of these tribes that various Naga tribes wore during ceremonies as well as the musical instruments including a log drum and a single-stringed instrument called Tati. The highlight of the Nagaland State Museum is the models of the Naga traditional huts or morung of the different tribes.
- Location: Upper Bayavü Hill, Kohima, Nagaland
- Type of Destination: Cultural, Heritage
- Timings of Nagaland State Museum: Open from 10 am to 4 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays.
- Duration: 1 to 2 hours are enough to witness the collections at Nagaland State Museum.
Best time to visit Nagaland State Museum
October to May will be the best time to visit Kohima. The weather is pleasant and allows you to comfortably see the museum attractions.
How to Reach Nagaland State Museum
By Flight - Nearest Airport is Dimapur. You can get a taxi from there to Nagaland State Museum.
- Distance from Dimapur Airport: 66 km
- Travel time: 2 hours approx.
By Train - You can hire cabs from Dimapur railway station to reach Nagaland State Museum.
- Distance from Dimapur railway station: 71 km
- Travel Time: 2.5 hours approx.
Tips for visiting Nagaland State Museum
- Visit early to avoid the crowd.
- Follow the rules at the museum, if any.
- Do not ruin anything inside the Nagaland State Museum.
Places to Visit near Nagaland State Museum
After you complete the Nagaland State Museum tour, check out the places to visit nearby -
1. Kohima War Cemetery
It is a memorial dedicated to the soldiers who gave their lives away in the second world war at Kohima.
2. Kohima Zoo
This is a paradise for birdwatchers as it inhabits different bird species including the tragopan bird, the state bird of Nagaland.
3. Kisama Heritage Village
An open-air museum, Kisama Heritage Museum exhibits the traditional Naga houses and celebrates the biggest festival in Nagaland, the Hornbill Festival.
4. Japfu Peak
Situated in Kohima, Japfu Peak is the second-highest peak in Nagaland. It is 3084 metres high and offers stunning views of the region.
Places to Stay near Nagaland State Museum
Here are some hotels near Nagaland State Museum where you will find comfortable stays are -
- De Oriental Grand Hotel Kohima (190 m away)
- Medom’s BnB (1.4 km away)
- Hotel Vivor (1.6 km away)
- Orchid Lodge (1.8 km away)
- Kohima Camp (9.2 km away)