Museums & Art galleries in Odisha
State Museum Bhubaneswar :
The history of the Odisha State Museum goes back to the year 1932, when two notable Historians, Prof. N.C. Banerjee and Prof. Ghanshyam Dash of Ravenshaw College, Cuttack started collection of archaeological treasures from various places. At that time, the small Museum was housed within the premises of the College. In 1938, by a suitable order, the Government of Odisha transformed this nucleus into the Provincial Museum of Odisha and appointed Committee of Management consisting of the Principal, the Head of the Department of History and three other Professors of the College.
The museum was renamed as Odisha State Museum and was shifted to Brahmananda building in old Bhubaneswar in 1945-46. It was again shifted to Patel Hall in 1950 and then to the building near High School of Unit-I. On December 27th, 1957 Dr. Rajendra Prasad, 1st President of India laid the foundation of the present Museum building under the leadership of Dr. H. K. Mahatab. In 1960, the great Institution was finally shifted to the present building. Initially it was part of education department. In 1958 it was handed over to the Cultural Affairs Department. The Odisha State Museum is situated at the junction of old temple city and new capital metropolis of Bhubaneswar amidst the ruins of an ancient fortification. It is the epitome of Odishan civilisation. It has preserved more than 56,000 rare antiquities ranging from early time to modern period.
The collections spread over eleven sections including Archaeology, Epigraphy & Numismatics, Armoury, Mining & Geology, Natural History, Art & Craft, Contemporary Art and Patta Painting , Anthropology, Palm-leaf Manuscripts.
Odisha State Maritime Museum: The Odisha State Maritime Museum is inaugurated today at Cuttack by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha Mr.Naveen Patnaik. The museum shows the rich maritime history and traditions of the State. With projecting the maritime practices and traditions, vessels and artifacts, glory and achievements from the ancient age to the colonial era and beyond, the museum is also set to include an aquarium showcasing unique marine life and species found in this part of the globe.
The museum is Spread over an area of more than four acres is the first of its kind in the country.The museum has come up at a cost of nearly Rs 11 crore. It has 13 galleries showcasing the maritime artifacts of ancient Kalinga, including the archaic machines of the workshop. It os developed with the assistance of the Indian National Trust for Art and Culture (Intach), the museum has come up at a cost of nearly Rs 11 crore. It has 13 galleries showcasing the maritime artifacts of ancient Kalinga, including the archaic machines of the workshop.
Archeological Museum :
The museum has the fallen sculptures and architectural members of the Sun temple was shifted to the present museum building in 1968. The present museum is located little away from the main temple in the north direction.The museum has four galleries displaying 260 various antiquities retrieved from the clearance work of Sun temple. Besides, it has a rich reserve collection. The first gallery has 62 antiquities many of the sculptures retrieved from the Sun temple complex have been displayed in this gallery. The image of Surya in sand stone the sculpture in chlorite stone include the king in discussion, marriage scenes, the various incarnations of Visnu, etc. The Khandolite built reconstructed wheel which has been displayed by collecting the various portions of the wheel. Besides, other important antiquities have been displayed in the showcases.
The corridor is utilized by display of images of various ancient monuments and archaeological sites of Orissa displaying evolution and development of Orissan architecture.
Opening Hours : 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Closed on – Friday
Entrance Fee :
Rs. 5/- per head
(Children up to 15 years free)
Natural History Museum :
The Regional Museum of Natural History located in Bhubaneswar, is an Eastern regional centre of the National Museum of Natural History, under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
The goal of the museum is to impart non-formal environmental education to the public in general and the student community in particular in order to inculcate the awareness about the importance of flora, fauna and subsequent conservation of our natural resources.
The museum situated in the temple city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, near Acharya Vihar Square on National Highway 5, this museum is yet another destination and a meaningful visit for students, adults and family members from all sections of society.
Tribal Museum Bhubaneswar :
Museum of tribal arts and artifacts in Bhubaneswar has opened up a new vista into the future direction of Orissa’s tribal economy and culture. It would usher in a cultural renaissance in the State. The aim of setting up this museum is not only to help preserve tribal cultures from extinction but also to promote appreciation of a better understanding of tribal development vis-a-vis culture.
The dress and ornament section of the museum has 34 textile items of 8 tribes and ornaments belonging to 17 tribes. The traditional costumes include typical textile items like ‘ringa’ of Bonda, ‘phute saree’ of Santal, ‘gatungkap’ of Lanjia Saora etc. Bead neckless like ‘tangam’ of Lanjia Saora, ‘Shaska’ of Kutia Kondh, ’Kunti’ of Juang, coin neckless like ‘mecodica’ of Dong Kondh, ‘puste’ of Koya, ‘dabu’ and ‘lubeida’ of Bonda tribes figure in the ornament section.
Dhokra and musical instruments section of the museum has 117 dhokra items of Bathudi, Desia Kondh, Dongria Kondh and Kondh tribes. Among these Dhokra items ‘lionet’, ‘paji’ and ’snake charmers’ of Desia Kondh, ‘ox head’ of Bathudi and ‘elephant’ of Bhuinya tribe are quite spectacular. Besides, 13 musical instruments like horn trumphet of Kutia Kondh / Lanjia Saora / Santal / Bonda, double membrance drum of ’holva’, ‘flute’ and ‘violin’ of Santal, ‘changu’ of Juang attract all categories of visitors including musicians.
Cuttack is one of oldest city of India and is the birth place of many great personalities.The 1000 years old city is the birthplace of the famous freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose .He was born on 23.1.1897 at their ancestral house, Janakinath Bhawan at Oriya Bazar (now Odia Bazaar) and spent his early childhood here.Subhash Chandra Bose studied at Ravenshaw Collegiate School and later went to Calcutta (now Kolkata)to pursue higher studies.The grand house of legendary freedom fighter is now converted to Netaji Birth Place Museum . The museum exhibits the great memories associated with the great leader, which is worth seeing.An orchid garden will soon be added to the Netaji Birthplace Museum here to enhance its beauty.
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Modern Art Museum:
Karen Kent, a US citizen visited Bhubaneshwar and initiated for the opening of Modern art gallery in the first smart city of India. The Orissa Modern Art Gallery at Surya Nagar was founded by Karen Kent and Tarakanta Parida, a famous artist.
The gallery now boasts of the best art works from modern young artists as well as veterans. What makes this gallery even more significant is that it showcases the oils, acrylic, lithographs, etchings, drawings and sculptors from the most underprivileged but skilled artists of the city. All these artworks are priced at moderate and take away rates.