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Orissa State Museum in Bhubaneshwar

·  Summer: March-May (19°C - 45°C)
·  Winter: December-February (7°C - 32°C)
   Monsoon: June-September 

Best time to visit:  October-March

Opening Time: 10:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 05:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Monday

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  INR 5
Children:  INR 1
Cameras:  INR 50 (am
Video Camera:  INR 200
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals Adults:  INR 50
Children:  INR 50
Cameras:  INR 100 (a
Video Camera:  INR 2,000
Origianlly established in Cuttack in 1932 by a group of historians and professors, the Orissa State Museum was shifted to its present-day location in 1960. The museum boasts of archaeological, historical and cultural collections from different eras, with many exhibits that are centuries old. Among the top galleries are those of Archaeology (featuring exhibits as old as the 3rd century BC) and Anthropology (featuring traditional tribal musical instruments and varieties of attires and ornaments).

The Natural History Gallery showcases the specimen of rich biodiversity of the region and the gallery of Mining and Geology is notable for the collections of semi precious stones, sandstones and mineral ores. Among the must-visit galleries are those of Palm Leaf Manuscripts and Patta Paintings that offer amazing visual treats to the eyes. Armoury, Art and Craft, Epigraphy and Numismatics are other sections, each having its own charm.

Road: The museum is located in the heart of Bhubaneswar which boasts of excellent road connectivity in all directions. It can be visited from any part of the city using local buses, taxis, cabs and auto-rickshaws. NH 203 passes near the museum.

Railway: Bhubaneswar Railway Station is one of the busiest railheads of the region and is only about 2 km. from the museum. Cabs and auto-rickshaws are the cheapest modes that connect the two points.

Airway: Only about 3.5 km. from the museum is the Bhubaneswar Airport with regular flights to and from many important cities. From the airport, you can easily hire a taxi or an auto-rickshaw.