|Location||Anagarika Dharmapala Road, Near Dhamek Stupa, Sarnath, Varanasi, U.P., India|
|Timings||10am-5pm, closed on Friday|
|Tickets||Rs. 2, Free below 15 Years|
|How to reach||By taxi, auto rickshaw from Varanasi/cycle rickshaw/on foot from any part of the town|
The Archaeological museum of Sarnath, a must visit in Sarnath, was constructed in 1909 but was opened to public in 1912. The initiative of the construction was taken by Sir John Marshall, the then Director General of Archaeological Survey of India. The museum has a rich collection of fine and rare specimen (more than 2500 objects) of Buddha artifacts, manuscripts & statues in its galleries, viz., Tathagath, Tiratha, Shakyasimha, Trimurti, Ashutosh & two Varandahs- Shilparatana. The museum of Sarnath also houses an excellent collection of figures & sculptures from Maurya, Kushana & Gupta dynasty.
at the base & is made up of Chunar sandstone. The other attraction of the museum is lustrously polished Ashoka Lion Capital measuring 2.3 mts. high and excavated from Sarnath. The capital consists of an inverted lotus, circular abacus & the crowning of four addorsed lions and a wheel having 24 spokes with four animals (an elephant, a bull, a horse and a lion) and has the proud distinction of being the national emblem of India. The wheel down the base adorns the Indian national flag.