Odisha State Museum Bhubaneswar

Odisha State Museum Bhubaneswar
Vital Information for Visitors

Odisha State Museum, Near Kalpana Square, BJB Nagar, Lewis Road, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Open & Close:

Open on all days except Monday

Timings :

10:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Entry Fees:

INR 20 pp


1- 2 Hours


Rich collection of artefacts, sculptures and books related Odisha.

Odisha State Museum as originally founded in 1932 in the Revanshaw College, Cuttack, and the collections were made by two professors of the college. In 1919, it was established as the state museum for Odisha in the old town of Bhubaneswar. It has now been shifted to the area of the new capital. The present building of Odisha State Museum in Bhubaneswar, built in 1960, is a large two-storey complex with several halls surrounding an interior court, a beautiful flower garden. There are several galleries of archaeology, epigraphy, armory, numismatics, manuscripts, painting, anthropology, musical instruments, contemporary art, bronze, art & craft, natural history, textiles, furniture etc that exhibit numerous artefacts. The kind of collection of relics of the past, painstakingly retrieved and maintained, gets a visitor amazed. It depicts the culture and tradition of Odisha. It offers a good overview of Indian, as well as Odishan heritage. The epigraphy section showcases the evolution of the Oriya script. Most of the artifacts have short English descriptions but some halls lack dates.

The Odisha State Museum has a library for departmental use containing several thousand books and journals. There is provision for explaining the material in the museum to visitors. The labels in the museum are bilingual in English and Oriya. The Utkal University and the colleges in Odisha evince interest in the museum. The museum is administered by the Director of Public Instruction and an Advisory Council appointed by the Government of Odisha. The number of visitors increases significantly during the Puja holidays. There is a night watchman and the coins and valuables are kept in iron safes, the gold coins being kept in the local treasury. The museum is an archaeological one and the collections comprise pre-historic antiquities, stone sculptures, metal images, terracottas, wood-carvings, arms, paintings, coins, palm-leaf manuscripts and historical records. The sources of acquisition are purchase, treasure trove, donation, exchange and collection by the museum officers. The museum is recognized for treasure trove purposes. Odisha State Museum happens to be a major highlight of Odisha tour packages.

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