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Himachal State Museum & Library, Shimla

Himachal State Museum & Library Overview

The museum is located 2.5 kms. west of the scandal point. It has got a good collection of ancient historical sculptures, paintings, coins, photos and other items from all over the state and outside. It also has a library housing many historical books and manuscripts.

Collection : It is most famous for the collection of Pahari miniatures, which flourished before the impact of the west on India. Inaugurated in 1974, the miniatures are scenes depicting Pahari life. The museum also has temple bronzes, textiles, jewellery and masks from Kullu. It has more than 1500 objects on display. It has a well-stocked library of historical books and manuscripts. It is open on all days except Mondays. Housed in a charming colonial building, 'Inverarm', the State Museum is located atop a hill rising above the Chaura Maidan. A selection of Himachal's rich heritage is displayed here. The galleries house stone sculpture of considerable antiquity and artistic merit, assorted bronzes, arms and armour, dolls, anthropological items and numismatic finds.
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