Kangra Museum

This museum, just off the main street, displays some fine miniature paintings from the Kangra school, and Chamba rumal embroideries, along with traditional costumes from the area and photos from the devastating 1905 Kangra earthquake.

The riveting Kangra Art Museum is located at the center of Dharamshala in the quaint state of Himachal Pradesh. A must visit place for art lovers and history buffs, this museum has a great collection which embodies various cultures especially that of the Tibetans, due to its close proximity to Tibet. The place is attractive not only for the wealth of information that it can offer on the region’s past, but also for the pleasant location in which it is located. Containing a lot of artifacts which include but are not limited to ancient coins, glinting weapons and stunning sculptures, this place is definitely worth the time spent. The prime attraction of the museum are the miniature paintings which have to be looked into for its intricate and mesmerizing work. The museum also hosts some space where artists can be found painting and displaying their work.

The Archaeological Museum at Kangra Fort, Kangra (H.P.) was opened to the public on 26th January 2002. Located to the east of the fort under its shadow, and overlooking the gorgeous river Banganga, the museum has a moderate collection of stone tools of the prehistoric periods, besides sculptures, architectural members, coins and paintings of the historical periods. All artifacts are classified and arranged in four main Sections in different museum galleries. Over the years, these objects have been acquired from different sources which are all now registered and thoroughly documented. Best among them are put on display.

Section I (Prehistory Section) display s the Lower Paleolithic tools comprising chopper-chopping, unifacial and bifacial stone tools, hand-axes, cleavers, etc. In addition, there are demonstrated translites and charts depicting evolution of man and its various cultural stages. A translite in this Section reveals brief history of Kangra Fort in particular, and that of the Kangra region, in general.Section II (Sculpture Section) shows an array of Hindu and Jain deities, represented by Shiva, Vishnu, Uma-Maheswar, Ganesh, Hanuman, on one hand, and Jain Tirthankaras, on the other Of most noteworthy amongst the Jain sculptures is Lord Adinath, first Jain Tirthankara, which has an inscribed pedestal. The architectural members and fragments displayed in this Section mostly come from Hindu the temples, and include pillar bases, bracket capitals, lintel fragments, etc. Most of these members are the parts of collapsed temples which were destroyed in the massive earthquake occurred in 1905 in entire Kangra region.


Tibetan Museum by the Department of Information and International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration, is a major attraction near to Dharamshala. The museum depicts Tibetan history, culture, and art. The museum was as established in 1998 with an objective of documenting and preserving Tibetan cultural aspects and to educate Tibetans and non-Tibetans about this rich heritage and history. The museum is located at the main temple complex of McLeod Ganj, near to Dharamsala. Thousands of natives and foreigners visit the museum now. The building is so beautifully constructed and stands at a very picturesque backdrop.

A large number of Tibetans and tourists visit the museum now. Tibetan Museum also arranges many exhibitions, lectures, and installations here and also offer educational facilities related to Tibetan history. The special articles available here are traveling museum kits, various catalogs, and different books. The museum also takes initiatives to educate the Tibetan community about the values of human rights, democracy, environment preservation, and to strengthen the true Tibetan spirit and pride.

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