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Tripura Government Museum

museumThe Tripura Government Museum is an exquisite museum displaying various art and crafts of Tripura and throwing light on the rich history and culture of the city and the state. Displayed in the museum are a number of rare images, terracotta items, sculptures, inscriptions, paintings, coins,  and other historical artifacts which will at once grab the attention of the onlookers.

Construction of the Tripura Museum

The Tripura Government Museum was established on 22nd June, 1970. It is a state level museum under the Directorate of Higher Education. The Museum is an important center of study and research for tourists, students, general public and research scholars.

Collection in Tripura Government Museum

As one enters the Tripura Government museum one gets an insight into the history and culture of Tripura. Here in the museum there are four numbers of galleries-- Archaeological gallery, Painting gallery, Indian Sculpture through the ages gallery and Tribal Culture gallery.

The sculptures in the Tripura Government Museum dates back to the 9th and 13th century AD. All these sculptures are from Pillak, Udaipur and other archaeological sites of the state. Most of the sculptures are made of sandstone. The sculptures from Pilak depicting a mixed culture of both Hindu and Buddhist pantheon are wonderful. Likewise the terracotta and bronze images of the museum are rare and also unique. The terracotta figures in the museum are from Amarpur, Pilak and Bengal. There is also an impressive collection of coins in the museum. There are a number of gold, silver and copper coins at display in the museum. So far, the most ancient coin discovered s that of Maharaja Ratna Manikya (1464 AD).

Paintings on display in the museum mainly belong to the life size portraits of the rulers of the State. These paintings have been acquired from the Royal House. Paintings of non-Indian origin are also on display here in the museum. Paintings of popular artists like Nandalal Bose, Gagan Thakur and Dhiren Krishna Deb Barma form the most impressive collection of the Museum.

The ethnic tribal sculpture gallery here showcases the collection of ornaments, textiles and musical instruments of the tribal groups in Tripura. There are also manuscripts and books in the library section. One will also find an ancient architectural and handicrafts section here.

Quick facts about the Museum

Address: Post Office Chowmohani, Agartala, Tripura
Timings: 10 AM to 1 PM, 2 PM to 5 PM
Closed: Sunday
Ticket: Rs 2 per ticket

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