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Museums in Orissa (Odisha)

Orissa, one of the busiest states as far as tourism is concerned, attracts huge number of tourists from India and abroad, owing to the several specimens of rich architecture in temples and stupas, the beautiful beaches and the gripping landscape of dense green forests, valleys and rivers. With a history of several ages, kingdoms and dynasties behind it, the state brags of some of the traces of earliest Indian civilizations. In order to have a closer look at the remains, relics and remembrances of the past, drop in at the Museums in Orissa.

While traveling to the wonderful state of Orissa, visits to the Museums in Orissa will help you have a peek into the specialties of the state's bygone eras. The Orissa State Museum, originated in the hands of Prof. N.C Banerjee and Prof. Ghanshyam Dash of Ravenshaw College. As early as 1932, both had started collecting and amassing rare and exclusive items pertaining to the state's past. Initially housed in the college premises, it later was transformed into Provincial Museum of Orissa in 1938. Areas of archaeology, epigraphy, armory, numismatics, painting, mining and geology, anthropology and manuscripts are covered in the Orissa State Museum.

The Archaeological Museum, Konark is another of the Museums in Orissa. Built in 1968, the museum houses pieces and parts of sculpture from the Sun Temple. The fragments and sections showcased here reflect the socio religious and economic scenario of the 13th century.