Museums in VaranasiThere are many notable museums in Varanasi. These museums mostly have the sculptures and art works depicting Hindu religious figure or event. The most prominent and notable museums of this city are Ramnagar Fort Museum, Sarnath Archaeological Museum, Bharat Kala Museum, Government Museum etc.
Bharat Kala Bhavan Varanasi
This Museum evolved in 1920. All the credit associated with the origin as well the subsequent developments took place in this world famous museum is given to Late Rai Krishandas. This is a museum which has exceeded the number of its holding by 100,000. The collections at the Bharat Kala Bhavan include:
- Archival Materials
- Indian Literary and Philately
- Decorative art
- Costumes and Textiles
- Paitings and
- Archeological Materials
Address – This Museum is a proud part of Banaras Hindu University.
Timings – The office opens of the museum opens at 10:30am till 5pm. The visitors are allowed from 11am till 4:30pm. The museum remains closed on University Holidays and Sundays.
Entrance Fees – Rs. 5/person (domestic visitors); Rs. 5/person for Nidhi Gallery
Ramanagar Fort Museum
This museum is also known as Maharaja Banaras Vidya Mandir Museum because this was previously the palace of the kings of Varanasi. This museum has the evidences of various antique weapons, palanquins, manuscripts, paintings etc. The most famous thing of this museum is the work of Ivory on a textile.
How to reach this museum – All Public Transport as well as their own transport.
Timing – January to March – 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM
April to September – 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM
October to December - 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Days when this remains closed – Vijaya Dashami and Muharram
Sarnath Archaeological Museum
This museum is considered to be one of the oldest museums as per Archaelogical survey of India. It has antiques of the time, which is as old as 3rd century BC. There are 5 galleries in this museum and 2 verandahs. This museums contains sculptures and archaeological evidences like Buddhist deities, images and paintings of Lord Buddha, statues of Yaksha, Brahmanical deities etc.
Timing – 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM
Days when this remains closed – On all Fridays
Entry Fee – Rs 2 per person (Entry is free for children up to the age of 15 Years)
It is situated on Mathura Road, Varanasi. This museum is quite famous for its excellent archaeological collections and art of Mathura genre. It is also famous all over India for its currency collection of gold, silver, copper, etc.
How to reach – From Varanasi it is 669 km away and it takes approximately 14 hours to reach here. Railway is the best option.
Timing – It is open for visitors from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM, throughout the year.