Shimla State Museum, opened in 1974, is located atop a hill in a typical colonial building called Inveraram. It is bit of a work to reach the museum since it requires a hike of 1500 m. Still, once you are there, you will not regret putting in so much of effort, for there is a large collection of exquisite items (around 2000), waiting to greet you. There are ancient historical sculptures, paintings, coins, photos and numerous other items from all over the state as well as outside it. However, what is most exciting to see is the pahari miniature paintings. These paintings were the last to develop in north India before the British took control of the region. There is also a library here which houses a good collection of historical books and manuscripts. The Museum is open between 10 am to 1.30 pm and then from 2 to 5 pm everyday except Mondays and second Saturday of every month.
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