Venkatappa Art Gallery and Government Museum in Bangalore

Venkatappa Art Gallery and Government Museum Overview

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A must-visit for all art and history lovers, the government museum in Bangalore established in 1865, is one of the oldest in the country. Many of the relics found in the museum are as much as 5,000 years old.

The museum comprises two exhibition floors, which are further split into 18 galleries. These galleries cover various sections spanning sculpture, natural history, geology, art, music and numismatics.

The museum is known for its rare collection of archaeological and geological artifacts such as old jewellery, sculptures and coins. The museum exhibits rare antiquities from Mohenjadaro, terracotta from Mathura, weapons from Kodagu, and is also home to Begur inscription, Aatakur inscriptional slabs and the Halmidi inscription, the earliest Kannada inscription ever found.

You can see classic paintings of K Venkatappa, the court painter of the Wodeyars, and sculptures from the Hoysala, Gandhara and Nolamba periods. The museum also has rare paintings of Deccan, Mysore and Tanjore kingdoms. You will also find here a model of Srirangapatna, the fort of Tipu Sultan. The museum has a slab known to be from Tipu Sultan's times that has 12 Persian couplets.

  • Opening Closing Time 10 am to 5 pm (Daily except Mondays)

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