Allahabad Museum


At the edge of the Chandrashekhar Azad Park, the Allahabad Museum was established in 1931 as a natural history museum but has since grown to become well-known for its collection of stone sculptures, terracottas, coins, archaeological objects and paintings. Outside the museum, you can see a display of sculptures from archaeological sites. Inside, the sculpture gallery lie stone sculptures and terracottas from sites such as Mathura, Bhumra, Jamsot, Khajuraho, Barhut, Gandhara, Kausambi, Sarnath, Pataliputra. The museum displays a number of Indian paintings from 15th century onwards including works of the Mughal, Pahari and Basohli School, Rajasthani miniatures, and painters of the Bengal School of Art. There is also a display of paintings by the Russian artist, Nicholas Roerich who is famous for his great love for the Himalayas which he painted in many canvases from his base at Naggar in the Kulu Valley. One of the newer additions is a rock art gallery. Those interested in Indian literature will find much reference material on many prominent writers in Hindi and Urdu. Other collections include archaeological finds from excavations, arms and armour, decorative arts, coins, textiles, etc.