The Government Museum has the country’s second largest collection of Gandhara sculptures-altogether 627. Of these, the standing image of the Buddhist goddess Hariti is especially notable. Dated to the 2nd Century AD, it was excavated from Skarah Dheri in Gandhara and shows the goddess carrying children in her hands and on her shoulders. The museum also has an excellent collection of Pahari paintings, with the star exhibits being 10 folios of the illustrated poem Laur Chanda (16th Century) and an 18th Century rendition of the Gita Govinda. Besides antiquities, the museum has a display of documents, photographs, plans etc. related to the setting up of the city.
There’s also a Natural History section with displays related to the Evolution of Life, Evolution of Man and also Dinosaurs of India. Apart from the exhibits, the museum building itself is special, for it was designed by none other than Le Corbusier.
Timings: 10 am – 4.30 pm; Closed on Mondays and public holidays.
Entry fee: Rs.2; There is no entry fee for children below 5 years.
Camera fee: Rs.5