Karnataka Tourism

Government Museum, Bangalore

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Government Museum, Bangalore

Reputed to be one of the oldest museums in the country, the Government Museum is a remarkable treasure trove of archaeological items such as stone carvings, pottery, paintings, coins and inscriptions. A prominent attraction in this museum is the first ever recorded Kannada inscription – the Halmidi inscription (450 AD) and Atakur inscription (949 AD) slabs.

Key attractions at Government Museum, Bangalore

  • 600 paintings under Venkatappa Art Gallery
  • Sculptures from Hoysala, Nolamba and Gandhara periods
  • Artifacts derived during excavation at Chandravalli, Mohenjodaro, Hampi and Halebeedu.
  • Terracotta artifacts from Mathura (birth place of Lord Krishna)
  • Weapons used by Kodagu warriors
  • Ancient inscriptions including Begur inscription from 890 AD, Halmidi Shasana from 450 AD, and Atakur inscription from 949 AD
  • Musical instruments of the past
  • Scale model of Tipu Sultan’s Fort, Srirangapatna etc

Government Museum visiting time: Government Museum, Bangalore is open from 10 AM till 5 PM on all days except Mondays.

How to reach Government Museum: Government Museum, Bangalore located in Cubbon Park campus is 5 kms from Majestic bus stand and 36 kms from Bengaluru airport. The Government Museum can be reached using Bengaluru Metro (Cubbon Park metro station is the closest), bus or taxi from any part of Bengaluru city. 

Places to stay near the Government Museum: Bengaluru city has ample hotels to suit every budget. JW Marriott Bengaluru is a luxury hotel right opposite Government Museum.


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