Locally known as the Ajab Bangla, this Central Museum of Nagpur boasts of a rare collection of antiquities, coins, ancient inscriptions, sculptures, inscriptions and pre-historic artifacts, some of which are belonging to the Indus Valley civilization. However, this store-house of natural and cultural heritage still largely remains unknown to the visiting tourists as well as to most residents of Nagpur City.
Recently, this Central Museum has undergone major renovation works which include provisions for gardens and a cafeteria. Ajab Bangla was originally established by the British in 1863 when Orange City was part of the Central Provinces. Along with history, this museum if featuring a good variety of flora and fauna of Central India comprising of a huge collection of stuffed animals and birds.
With several important artifacts still locked within the reserve collection due to inadequacy of display facilities and galleries, this Central Museum in Nagpur is highly understaffed and trying to cope up with the rapidly changing social and cultural environment. Managed by the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Ajab Bangla has called in experts lately from Mumbai to restore and conserve well-known artifacts including a statue of Queen Victoria.