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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the famous museums and galleries in Palampur?

Anupriya Bedi DEC 10 2012
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Museums and galleries tell you more about the history and culture of a place than anything else, don't you think? Well, the beautiful hill station of Palampur offers various museums and galleries showcasing some of the finest work which are sure to astound you. Just read on to know more about them.


  • Naam Art Gallery

    Located 32 kilometres away from the town, this gallery has been opened by Elizabeth Buschmann at Sidhbari village on Dharamsala-Chamunda road to display her paintings. Along with her paintings this gallery also showcases works of A.W. Hallett, an English painter. The paintings by Elizabeth Buschmann are made of watercolours and acrylics, whereas Alfred W. Hallett's paintings are made using oil paints. Today, a large number of paintings by Hallett are owned by Himachal Pradesh Government. Although he died in 1986, but his work is still very much alive in the Naam Art Gallery. If you are an art lover then you can acquire a piece or two as the gallery also sells the paintings.


  • Sardar Sobha Singh's art gallery

    One of the major tourist attractions of Palampur, this gallery showcases the artistic endeavours of Sir Sobha Singh, a famous contemporary painter from Punjab, India. It is located 12 kilometers from the town and has numerous paintings which exert prime focus on Sikh Gurus. The prime attraction here is the Sohni-Mahiwal painting dating back to the 1940s. Other famous paintings include Heer-Ranjha, paintings of the Gaddis with Dhauladhars ranges in the backdrop, portraits of Indian heroes and leaders painted by Sir Sobha Singh including that of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri.


  • Kangra Art Museum

    Located around 33 kilometres away from Palampur in Kotwali Bazaar of Dharamsala, this is a unique museum displaying the artifacts of Tibetan and Buddhist cultures reflecting the arts, crafts, history and culture of the people of the Kangra valley. Inaugurated in 1990, the museum's artifacts can be traced to as far back as the 5th century. Kangra Art Museum has a library and a separate section to display the works of contemporary artists, sculptors and photographers and specimens of famous Kangra Kalam works or the Pahari miniature paintings which is famous for the use of seductive figures and fine colors.

    Timings: The museum is open from
    Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.


  • Losel Doll Museum

    Situated in Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Culture in Dharamsala (around 33 kilometres from Palampur), the Losel Doll museum features an exhibit of intricately detailed, beautiful dolls illustrating the traditional clothing and daily life of the people in each of the regions of Tibet along with displays of religious events and festivals. The museum houses a unique collection of 150 costumed dolls which were created by a group of artistic monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery that has been re-established in South India. Replicas of the dolls in the museum are for sale and make great showpieces.

    Timings: It remains open from 9 am to 5:30 pm and the entry fee is INR 5 for Indians and INR 20 for foreigners.

These places offers a great opportunity to learn about the culture and tradition of Palampur and how it affects the everyday life of the local people. So, what are you waiting for? Come and enjoy while you learn.

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