Odisha is full of rich heritage. This is also called the Soul of India. With time this beautiful state lost some of its wonders and heritage. You can find this heritage and wonder can be revisited inside the museums.
If you are planning to travel to Odisha, then don’t miss a chance to visit the state museum in Odisha to know more about Odisha’s art, culture, geography, everything. Odisha has a number of museums, some are popular among the locals.
In between all museums, the state museum which is located in Bhubaneswar is known as one of the important museums. It was founded in 1932. This museum has various sections to keep things separate. Some of the segments are Archaeology, Art & Craft, Contemporary Art, Armoury, Natural History, etc.
There are some other museums in Bhubaneswar city. They are the Regional Museum, Museum of Tribal Arts and Artifacts, Handicrafts Museum. Visitors who are passionate about art & craft would definitely love this Handicraft museum in Bhubaneswar. This museum has a wide range of handicrafts from different states. One can find different types of handicrafts like Raghurajpur’s Pattachitra, Sambalpuri Saree, Pipili Chandua, etc inside that museum.
There is a Maritime Museum at Cuttack, that will take back you to the old-time when Odisha was a trading hub. There is another museum at Konark called Archaeological Museum, which has the archaeological wonder of Odisha. This museum was founded in 1968. Now the gallery is full of more than 250 antiquities.
Another Tribal Museum is in Koraput, which was founded to save the heritage, art, and culture of tribal people of Odisha. The museum is located inside the premises of Goddess Kichakeswari temple.
Odisha State Museum (OSM), Bhubaneswar
This museum is located at Kalpana Square, Bhubaneswar. It was founded in 1932at Revenshaw College premises in Cuttack. It was shifted to Bhubaneswar in the year 1947-48. Dr. Rajendra Prasad then President of India, laid the foundation stone of the new building.
The building was completed in 1960 then the collections were shifted to the new building and renamed was Odisha State Museum. This museum presently has showcased more than 56000 artifacts in 11 galleries, which includes archeology, armory, bronze, painting, art & craft, natural history, anthropology, and antiquities, etc.
ASI Museum Konark, Odisha
This museum was established in the year 1968, it is located near Konark Temple, which is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. This museum has a collection of all the fallen sculptures, structures as well as architectural materials of Konark Temple.
The broken elements were shifted to this museum in 1968. The museum itself consists of four galleries and an open corridor. The galleries have showcased more than 250 architectural assortments, those are the ancient and reconstructed artifacts, and sculptures which include Varahs, Tribikram, roaring lions, etc.
The first gallery in ASI Museum boasts a massive collection of around 62 antiquities. the second gallery includes 108 antiquities reconstructed temple’s wall, the head of the crocodile, and a drummer. The third gallery exhibits 45 objects including images of Surya Narayan, celestial nymphs, etc. And the fourth gallery holds a great exhibition of 45 artifacts.
The UNESCO has enlisted this as a world heritage site, in recognition of its outstanding contribution to humanity.
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Regional Museum of Natural History Odisha
This museum is located near Acharya Vihar Square in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. This was established by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest. This is known as the eastern regional center of the National Museum of Natural History.
The foundation stone was laid in 1994 but it was open to the public in August 2004. This museum is open to promote non-formal environmental education among the general public, especially youngsters.
The museum showcased the biodiversity of Bhitarakanika, Similipal, Chilika, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. this museum boasts an impressive exhibit of plants and animals from around the country. Some prime attractions of this museum are the skeletons of Dolphins, Rhino, Elephants, and the baleen whale.
On the displays, you can see preserved butterflies and reptiles with detailed information. This is the only museum in India to have the artist’s expression about an extinct elephant, a bird with its largest egg in the world.
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Kala Bhoomi Odisha Crafts Museum
This museum is located at Pokhariput, Bhubaneswar, and it spans over 12 acres of area. This was open for the public from 2018. This is a treat to watch if you are an Art & Craft lover. This museum has showcased handicrafts and handlooms of Odisha.
You can see terracotta, traditional paintings, stone and wood carvings, metal works, tribal crafts, etc in the handicrafts galleries of this museum. And inside the handloom galleries, you can see unique and antique raw materials, some rare and old types of equipment, different variety of handlooms like Tussar, Khandua, Sambalpuri, Bomkai, Berhampur Silk, etc.
The galleries are made like old-style Odia houses and the outer walls are painted with Odia traditional theme paintings such as Pattachitra and Ushakothi paintings.
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Netaji Birth Place Museum – Cuttack
This museum is located in Odia Bazaar in Cuttack city of Odisha. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was one of the greatest freedom fighters of India. His birthplace is an inherited house, Janakinath Bhawan is the place where Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose took birth and used to live there. That place has been converted into a museum.
If you are planning to visit this museum then you will get a chance to trace Netaji’s life from his childhood to as a freedom fighter.
You can find an assortment of antiques, books, documents, articles, and some other personal belongings of Netaji. Also, you can get 22 handwritten letters by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose to his family and other freedom fighter leaders.
This museum is known as one of the best museums to visit in Odisha. You will find a library at Netaji’s house, there you can find books which are published by Netaji in different languages. There are almost 500 books that say the Netaji’s life.
10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Odisha State Maritime Museum, Cuttack
This museum is located at Jobra in the city of Cuttack, Odisha. This was inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on April 1 in 2013. This was mainly created for the needs of anicuts, dams, and canals which is served as the most important inland water transport system.
This museum shows the ancient maritime history, sculptural representation, shipbuilding, ports of different periods, sea routes and navigation, trade practices of Odisha’s ancient links to different countries.
There is also an aquarium with different species of marine fishes.
10:00 AM to 4:30 PM