Top ASI Museums You Must Visit On Your Madhya Pradesh Trip

Discover the rich tapestry of Madhya Pradesh's history through its captivating museums. These institutions are more than just collections of artefacts—they are portals to the past
Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh
Gwalior Fort, Madhya PradeshShutterstock

The museums of Madhya Pradesh offer more than just displays of artefacts; they allow you to travel in time. Serving as a gateway to the past, they provide a vivid look into our ancestors' lives, traditions, and legacies. From the archaeological marvels of Sanchi to the artistic treasures of Khajuraho, each museum narrates a unique story, intricately weaving together the rich history and culture that define Madhya Pradesh.

Archaeological Museum, Khajuraho

Just 800 m from the Western Group of Temples and 2 km from the Khajuraho Bus Stand, the Archaeological Museum in Khajuraho was established in 1910 by W.A. Jardine, an officer of the British Empire, to safeguard and showcase the loose sculptures discovered around the temples of Khajuraho

Archaeological Museum, Khajuraho
Archaeological Museum,

This museum consists of prominent sculptures of the seated lord Buddha, capturing the essence of Buddhist art in Khajuraho. It also has a piece of the four-headed Vishnu, also known as the Vaikuntha. Other sculptures range from divine figures to mythological scenes and depictions of daily life, offering a holistic view of the artistic achievements of the time.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Closed on Fridays and Government holidays)

Archaeological Museum, Sanchi 

The Sanchi Museum, dating back to 1919, was curated by Sir John Marshall during his tenure as the Director of the Archaeological Survey of India. This museum consists of a treasure trove of sculptures, excavated materials, and artefacts from Sanchi and its neighbouring areas. It beautifully transports you back in time to an age you never witnessed. 

The aura of the museum is surrounded by stories of empires and dynasties, as well as art and culture that have withstood the test of time. The museum's collection spans from the 3rd Century BC to the mediaeval period. Some of the most prized possessions of the museum are the caskets of Sariputra and Maudgalyayana, the disciples of Lord Buddha. Among the museum's many highlights are the Yakshi statue and the Lord Buddha, carved of red stone, portraying ancient India's exquisite craftsmanship. 

Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM (Closed on Fridays and Government holidays)

Archaeological Museum, Gwalior

The Archeological Museum in Gwalior, established in 1984, is in front of the Hathi Pole gate of Gwalior Fort. The museum features a large rectangular hall, an adjoining chamber, and two verandahs, one at the front and another at the rear, each displaying an array of fascinating exhibits. The museum holds a rich and diverse collection of antiquities from Gwalior and its neighbouring areas. 

The museum's sculptural wealth is categorised into Shaiva, Vaishnava, Jaina, and miscellaneous groups, reflecting the evolution of sculptural art and style in India from the 1st century BC to the 17th century AD. The museum features sculptures from various ancient periods of India, giving you an intriguing insight into India's rich culture and history.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Closed on Fridays and Government holidays)

Archaeological Museum, Chanderi

Located 3 km from Chanderi Bus Station, the Chanderi Archaeological Museum is one of the popular tourist attractions in Chanderi. Built in 1999, this museum was conceived to preserve the rich cultural legacy and history of Chanderi. The museum's beautifully designed building is surrounded by gardens, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere for visitors. 

Archaeological Museum, Chanderi
Archaeological Museum,

On entering the museum, you are welcomed with various ancient souvenirs, including artefacts, sculptures, stone cravings and much more. Among the museum's highlights are the remains of Jain temples from Thubon and Boodhi Chanderi, dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries. 

The Chanderi Museum comprises five galleries, each offering a unique perspective on the region's history and heritage. In addition to its indoor galleries, the museum features an open-air gallery around the central courtyard, where visitors can explore various inscriptions in the Sanskrit language written in different scripts. The museum also has a library, providing visitors with knowledge beyond what is showcased.

Timings: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Closed on Fridays and Government holidays)

Archaeological Museum, Shivpuri

Established to preserve and showcase antiquities from Shivpuri and its neighbouring districts of Datia, Guna, and Ashoknagar, this museum's collection spans from prehistoric times to the modern era, offering a glimpse into the past. 

The museum holds 1,743 artefacts, including prehistoric tools, copper hoards, coins, weapons, seals and sealings, and sculptures representing major religious traditions. The museum's exhibition space includes antiquities from the local region, while the remaining pieces are held in reserve collections to ensure the preservation of these invaluable artefacts.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Closed on Fridays and Government holidays)

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