Orissa State Museum


14.5/5(8 Ratings)

Orissa State Museum Overview

Ranked 10 of 51 sightseeing in Bhubaneswar

Orissa State Museum has two life size dancing welcome statues in Odissi dance posture at its entrance. In the museum are housed archaeological objects, art and craft objects, natural history objects, Bronze Age tools and stone sculptures. Established in 1948 by N.C. Banerjee and Professor Ghanshyam Dash of Ravenshaw College, the museum also contains bronze images, traditional and folk musical instruments, coins, copper plates, prehistoric objects, ethnological objects and armoury.

Well-known and famed for its huge collection of manuscripts on palm-leaves, the museum was formally declared by the Government of Orissa in 1938. In the museum, tourists can view palm leaf manuscript of 12th century devotional poem Gita Govinda. By a collection of traditional and folk musical instruments and sculptures of different shapes and sizes, the museum expresses the vivid history and cultural traditions of Orissa.

Collections of the museum also include copper plates, coins, stone inscriptions, manuscripts written on the palm leaves and age-old bronze tools. At the museum, tourists can also get an insight into rare epigraphic records stored in Epigraphy Gallery, handicraft, small paintings, collection of patta paintings, brassware, stone sculptures and delicate decoration

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
12:00 AM -12:00 AM
Public Holidays:
12:00 AM -12:00 AM

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Siba prasad Sahu

Siba prasad Sahu5.0/5

11 reviews

The house of knowledge

In the month February I with my family visited the Orissa State Museum. We have seen so many unseen species of creature, the life style of tribal which were represented by earthen monuments. And the best thing it is a huge collection of old dress, ornaments and daily used things of king of Odisha. So it is the house of knowledge.

Muralitharan Venkataraman

Muralitharan Venkataraman5.0/5

38 reviews

A visit to the state museum

This is very near to Bhubaneswar Railway and Bus station. It is very big with numerous sections like Archeology,Numismatics, Tribal etc. The collection for sculpture is also very good. A small fee is charged for entry. Best museum.

Sham Mhaskar

Sham Mhaskar4.3/5

11 reviews


If you got time just enjoy this neat and clean collection !

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