Birla museum


Bhopal which is aptly referred to as the "City of Lakes", is a splendid city located in central India. It is the capital city of Madhya Pradesh and is situated on the Malwa plateau. Bhopal is a culturally affluent city and is growing in leaps and bounds as a chief tourist destination in Central India. The city can vouch for its unrivalled appeal and houses a lot of museums and galleries of which Birla Museum, Bhopal truly deserves a visit. It has a lot of informative and interesting artifacts belonging to the historic era of Madhya Pradesh.

The Birla Museum houses a small collection of local sculptures dating mainly from the Paramana period. The sculptures are mainly of Vishnu, Siva and their respective incarnations. Terracotta exhibits from Kausambi and a reconstruction of the Rock Shelter from Bhimbetka area also on display.

The rich culture and heritage and its various aspects get manifested in the Birla Museum in Bhopal which occupies a significant place among the monuments and museums in Bhopal. Stone sculptures, terracottas, manuscripts and paintings are displayed in this museum.

This museum was established in the year 1971 and is one of its kinds among the various museums of Bhopal.The Birla Museum displays the varied aspects of Madhya Pradesh's rich cultural and historical heritage. The objects on view date from the prehistorical period onwards. There are palaeolithic and Neolithic tools and implements, a scale model of the Bhimbetka rock shelter with its prehistoric wall paintings. On view are also stone sculpture dating from the 7th to 13th century from the state's numerous archaeological sites, terracotta dating from the 2nd century BC to the 6th century AD, coins and manuscripts.

The various objects that are exhibited in the museum date from the primitive period onwards. There are primitive tools and implements that were used during the Paleolithic and Neolithic period which are also on display. A marvelous scale model of the Bhimbetka rock shelter with its ancient murals is surely going to astound the onlookers with its divine appeal. The tourists interested in archaeology can also observe the stone sculptures that date from the 7th to 13th century collected from the various archaeological sites. Coins and manuscripts and Terracotta belonging to 2nd century BC to the 6th century AD are also exhibited.

In the Birla Museum, Bhopal you will get the opportunity to have a rare glimpse of the tools and implements of the palaeolithic and Neolithic age. Further the scale model of the Bhimbetka rock shelter together with the mysterious wall paintings of the Stone age are wonderfully portrayed in the Birla Museum in Bhopal. You will even see the eye catching stone sculpture, the origin of which dates back from the 7th to 13th century.

All the artifacts are culled from the various archaeological sites of the state of Madhya Pradesh. The terracotta objects found in the Birla Museum at Bhopal, belong to the period between 2nd century BC to the 6th century AD. The Bhopal Birla Museum has a good quantity of ancient coins and manuscripts carefully preserved to facilitate the visitors to have a rare glimpse of these valuable documents of the past.

The Birla Museum, Bhopal is open from Tuesdays to Sundays between 9 am to 5 pm. The Bhopal Birla Museum remains closed on Mondays and on all government holidays.