Govt. Buddha Museum
About 500 mts. from Mahaparinirvana Temple, 1 km from Bus Stand, Opposite Japan- Sri Lankan Buddhist Centre, on Buddha Marg Kushinagar, in the District of the same name, U.P., India
10 am to 4:30 pm, closed on Monday & second Sunday of every month
Throughout the year, preferably Oct.-March
Historical & ArchaeologicalHow to reach
Hire a cycle rickshaw/ hired taxi/on foot from the bus stand
The proposal was mooted to establish a museum for preserving the archaeological wealth of this region and the present building of museum came into existence in 1992-93. The museum is being looked after by the cultural Department of the State Government. The State Govt. has developed this museum in Buddhist architectural style. Many historically important excavated archeological discoveries and antiquities found at the site of excavations in Kushinagar from time to time are displayed in the museum. The museum has precious antiquities such as coins, statues, sculptures, architectural remains, terracotta, bronze & clay seals & banner paintings (Thangkas). Some Hindu & Jain antiquities are also on display. At present four Art Galleries are open for the public. The first gallery named ‘Art Gallery’ displays sculptures related to Buddhism, Jainism and Hindu religion. Statues depicting various events of life of Lord Buddha have been displayed here. These statues represent Gandhara and Mathura School of Art. The Stucco statue of Lord Buddha in meditation posture, represent the superiority of Gandhara School of Art. Worshiping Stupa, Thangkas, Entrance of Buddha Temple, decorated bricks excavated from Kushinagar area, sculptures related to the life of Buddha are of particular interest. In the second gallery- ‘International Buddha Gallery’, apart from some paintings, the model of ‘the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion’ being built near Bendigo in Southern Australia (Design and size of the Gyantse Stupa that was built in Tibet in the 15th Century) and would be the largest stupa in the western world, has also been displayed very artfully. Third gallery ‘Buddha in different postures’ houses statue of Buddha built in Gandhara and Mathura school of arts. Buddha in various meditation postures are the major attractions of the gallery, where as the fourth gallery is dedicated to ‘Various Forms of Art’. Indo Japanese Cultural Centre, located near the entrance and adjacent to main building of museum, depicts Japanese Culture mainly through dolls of Japanese style and craft. A park has also been constructed in front of main museum building under Japanese supervision which has been developed as a rock garden.