The State Museum of Bhopal
is amongst the best-designed museums in India
. Based in the Shamla Hills the museum is housed in a modern building filled with natural light and wide spaces accessed by ramps.It is a place where visitors can amble through, pause, linger, and observe the well-displayed exhibits at leisure.
The museum has 16 different theme galleries, showcasing the State's sculptural masterpieces, pre-historic articles and fossils, excavated objects, epigraphs, manuscripts, paintings, royal collection, textile, documents, postal stamps, autographs, miniature paintings, coins, arms and weapons, articles associated with India's freedom struggle.
The museum also has reproductions of the now-destroyed Buddhist Bagh Cave paintings, 84 rare Jaina bronzes of the 8th to 11th centuries, Avalokesteshwaras of Lamaism, Saivite sculptures and miniature paintings showing the graceful lifestyles of those distant days.