Location : Bhubaneswar

The origin of Orissa State Museum can be traced back to the year 1932. Its foundation was laid when Professor N. C. Banerjee and Professor Ghanshyam Dash of Ravenshaw College, two famous historians, initiated the task of collecting archaeological treasures from different places. At that time, the museum was started within the college premises only. It was later in 1938 that, the Government of Orissa formally declared it as the Orissa State Museum.

The moment you'll enter the Orissa state museum, its very first glimpse will take you into the world of past, reminding you of the history and cultural traditions of the state. Orissa state museum of Bhubaneswar has an amazing collection of copper plates, coins, stone inscriptions and sculptures. You'll be astonished to see rare manuscripts written on the palm leaves. The museum also houses age-old bronze tools and traditional & folk musical instruments.

If you want to have a look at the rare epigraphic records, you will have to visit the museum's Epigraphy Gallery. For art lovers, walking through the handicraft museum, while glancing at splendid miniature paintings, is a delightful experience. It contains a fabulous collection of patta paintings, brassware, stone sculptures and the well-known silver filigree work of Orissa. If you want to explore the tribal culture of the region, then the Tribal Museum is just the place for you.