Allahabad Museum

Allahabad Museum
Vital Information for Visitors
Address :

Allahabad Museum, Chandrashekhar Azad Park, Kamla Nehru Road, Prayagraj, U.P.

Open & Close:

Open on all days except Monday

Timings:

10:00 AM to 05:30 PM

Entry Fees:

: Indian – INR 50 pp
Foreigner – INR 500 pp

Duration:

1- 2 Hours

Significance :

Ancient artefacts, freedom struggle related photographs

Allahabad Museum, presently located in Chandrashekhar Azad Park (Company Garden), is a major tourist attraction in Prayagraj (Allahabad). It has long chequered history dating back to 1878 AD when the collective effort of Sir William Muir & Maharaja of Vijayanagar resulted in setting up of a library & a small museum in Allahabad. But, within a short span of 4 years, the museum was shut down in 1881. After 50 years, the museum was resurrected in 1931 AD in a wing of the municipal office. On November 14’1947, Jawahar Lal Nehru laid the foundation of the present building of museum in Company Garden. Allahabad Museum was opened to the public in 1954 AD. The museum is governed by a committee of twelve members elected annually and four co-opted members. The Commissioner of the Division and the Vice-Chancellor of the Allahabad University have been co-opted every year since the inception of the institution. The collections, of a mixed character, are housed in several halls / rooms and two open sheds, the latter containing sculptures principally from Sarnath. More sculptures and inscriptions are exhibited, in the verandahs of the main block. One of the halls contains a mixed collection including Indian musical instruments, ivory figures, clay models, pathological specimens, miniatures on ivory, ancient metal images, terracottas from the ancient site of Kaushambi, painted clay models, fishes and snakes in spirit, mounted mammals and the skeleton of an elephant. One of the galleries showcases the eco-life and varies species of flora and fauna.

On the walls are displayed heads and skins of animals and specimens of Indian arms. Another hall contains three cases of coins and some Indian paintings. The third hall is devoted mainly to Indian art objects, metal work, papier-mache, pictures and specimens of calligraphy. The fourth hall contains ancient sculptures, small antiquities and old guns. In another hall is a medley of exhibits, birds' skins, firearms, skis, pathological models in wax of disfiguring skin diseases such as smallpox, large models of the fly and mosquito, birds, huqqas, textiles, glass ware, pottery, cheap jewellery and ornaments, white China figures, and a model of an engine, etc. Allahabad Museum boasts of displaying some forty pictures by Nicholas Roerich, the Russian painter and pacifist. Out of these forty photographs, 13 are originals. Lectures are occasionally given in the reading room of the museum by school teachers.

Though Allahabad Museum houses treasure of sculptures, paintings, handicrafts, ancient artefacts etc but its prime attraction is pistol of Chandrashekhar Azad. There are two galleries - Gandhi gallery & Nehru gallery – depicting India’s Freedom Struggle and contributions of the two towering personalities of the contemporary era. The Allahabad Museum has a special gallery showing articles received by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. Besides his private collection, it contains various types of presents and gifts received by him in his capacity as the Prime Minister. One of the major attractions in the museum is the Gandhi Smriti Vahan. This vehicle was employed to carry the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi to the Triveni Sangam. Collection of sculptures, artefacts, coins, terracottas, paintings, weapons etc belonging to Harappan civilization, Mauryan Empire and Gupta dynasty attract a large number of tourists to Allahabad Museum.

Allahabad Tour Packages

Allahabad Kumbh Mela Guided Photography Tour from Varanasi

Allahabad Kumbh Mela Guided Photography Tour from Varanasi

1 Nights / 2 Days
Destination : Varanasi

Allahabad Kumbh Mela with Varanasi Tour

Allahabad Kumbh Mela with Varanasi Tour

5 Nights / 6 Days
Destination : Delhi - Allahabad- Varanasi

Allahabad Kumbh Mela Tour

Allahabad Kumbh Mela Tour

2 Nights / 3 Days
Destination : Allahabad

Golden Triangle with Kumbh Mela Tour

Golden Triangle with Kumbh Mela Tour

8 Nights / 9 Days
Destination : Delhi - Jaipur – Agra – Allahabad

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