Shimla State Museum
The Shimla State Museum, was inaugurated on 26 January, 1974. It is a physical representation of the cultural diversity and historical significance of the city and state. It houses attractions like coins, paintings, wooden carvings, sculptures, photos, collected over time from Shimla as well as all over the country. It is located at a distance of around 3 kms from Scandal Point, near The Ridge. Its main motive is to preserve the antiquities stored here, and to maintain them.From rare sculptures and beautiful paintings to old coins and exquisite handicrafts, the museum has a lot on display. The most striking of all the items are the stone works of Bajaura and Masrur belonging to the 8th century. The Pahari miniatures and Mughal and Rajasthani paintings are among the museum's proud possessions. Do not miss to check out the unique collection of Himachali dolls in the museum.
Open and Closing Time
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Interesting facts about Shimla State Museum
History, Culture, Paintings, Coins, Sculptures, Jewelry, Textiles, Archeology, Photography.
Entrance Fees 20 per person for Indians and Rs.100 per person for foreigners. For photography, Rs. 50 for Indians and Rs. 100 for foreigners. Videography is also allowed at a charge of Rs. 2500.Washrooms are available inside the premises.Take care of your mobile phones, wallets, cameras, jewelry and other valuables.
The Himachal Pradesh State Museum is situated 2.5 kilometers west to the Scandal Point near the Inverarm Hill. The legacy of this particular building marks an important part of history, as it used to be the private residence of Lord William Beresford, during colonial times. Beresford used to be the Military Secretary of Lord William Bentinck, who was the Viceroy of India at that time. On his exit from India, the house was occupied by Sir Edwin Collan, followed by Sir Edward Law.The museum houses a huge collection of ancient historic paintings, sculptures, coins, as well as photographs, that were collected from across the different parts of the country. It includes a grand library consisting of around 10,000 books, magazines and journals. Although Shimla experiences amazing climate all year round, you should consider visiting the place during summers.