|Location||Near Company Garden/C S Azad Park/Alfred Park, Allahabad, U.P., India, 3 km from Allahabad railway station|
|Ideal time||Throughout the year, 10:30am-4:45 pm, Closed on Monday, 2nd Sunday & Gazetted Holidays|
|Attractions||Artifacts & Miniatures|
|Phone||+91-532-2608237, 2601200, 2602409, 2600834|
|Entry Ticket||Adult @Rs.5 , Child below 12 Years @Rs.2, Foreigner @Rs.100|
|How to reach||Hire an auto or cab from hotel or take a rickshaw if staying in the vicinity|
Allahabad Museum is among the National level Museum in India. It was originally established under aegis of Allahabad Municipality, in 1931 with a small collection of birds and animals. The foundation of the present building was laid down in 1947 by Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru and the construction was completed in 1952. In 1986 it was taken over by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, which handed it over to the Allahabad Museum Society.
Allahabad Museum, stores the true Indian heritage on its walls. The museum has excellent collection of sculptures and terracotta artifacts. It is one of the best kept museums in India. Indeed the collection is counted among the largest of its kind in the world. It has whopping 18 galleries, devoted to archeological findings like prehistoric Indus valley, antiquities, stone sculptures, magnificent terracotta collections, bronze seals, coins collection (Khushan & Gupta gold coins) miniature paintings, Buddhist Thangkas ( Banner paintings), textiles weapons, documents mainly in Sanskrit from the 16th century onwards. Jawahar Lal Nehru inaugurated this museum in 1947 and donated some of his priceless collections. It houses temple pillars & lintels of a period extending from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD. Different important dynasties of this era (both ancient & medieval) are represented here. Various antiquities of the museum represent almost all renowned schools of sculpture- to name a few Gandhara, Mathura Kaushana & Sarnath.
The ivory Krishna Arjun on carved sandalwood chariot is also one of the main attractions of the museum. Modern art collection includes works by Haldar, Sajit Khastagir, Jamini Roy, Nicholas Roerich and pieces of Thangkas work by Tibetan Lama Anagarika Govinda. The Museum has a fully air-conditioned library with more than 25,000 books. It also has the galleries like India’s struggle for freedom, Glory of Allahabad, Rock Art Gallery etc. A journal ‘Citi Vithica’ is being published regularly.