Manipur State Museum in Imphal

Manipur State Museum Overview

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Located in the heart of the city, near Polo Ground, the Manipur State Museum is considered as the most prominent museum of the state. Inaugurated on 23rd September 1969 by the then Prime Minister of India - Indira Gandhi, this museum is a prominent tourist attraction. It comprises various galleries of natural history, ethnology and archaeology.

One of the main features of this museum is 54-feet long royal boat called Hiyag Hiren, showcased in the open gallery. From historical dossiers, war weapons and tribal clothing to royal costumes and ancient polo equipment, the range of artefacts exhibited is simply awesome. Some of the extraordinary collections include golden bird with canopy and gold-plated human mask along with skull.

Beside these items, visitors can see agricultural and domestic equipment, ancient smoking pipes, tribal ornaments, lighters, Manipuri textiles and Buddha relics. Every object kept on display here is symbolic to the rich heritage of the state and form a quintessential part of the history of Manipur.

Apart from the conservation of archaeological discoveries, the museum also conducts awareness programs, cultural appreciation courses and thematic exhibitions. The Manipur State Museum is an interactive place for people of all ages and a must-visit site in Imphal.

  • Opening Closing Time 10 am to 4 pm

  • Entrance Fee INR 3 (Indians); INR 20 (Foreigners)

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Near Polo Ground, Imphal West, 795001, Manipur