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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular museums in Mysore?

Reet Cheema 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, there are beautiful places to visit in Mysore like its various museums and galleries showcasing some of the finest work which are sure to astound you. Just read on to know more about them.

  • Folk Art Museum
    Located at a distance of 5 kilometres from the majestic Lalitha Mahal, this museum was constructed as part of the Mysore University. One of the major attractions of University campus, it houses one of the largest collections of cultural products and folk art. Located within the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, it houses around 6500 folk art and folklore articles, and thus, celebrated as one of the largest and unique museums in Asia. The various artifacts include ethnographic collections of South Indian toys, puppets, household objects, carved wooden figures from the different villages of Karnataka, metal artefacts, rural costumes, ornaments, implements and tools used in different rural professions. Other than these it also houses models of temples, houses decorative masks and ceremonial head-wear and has a section that displays leather shadow puppets.
    Timings: 10.30 am to 7.30 pm, open on all days except on the second Saturdays and Sundays of the month.

  • Regional Museum of Natural History
    One of the most important museums of the city, it is situated on the banks of Karanji Lake with the solemn Chamundi Hills in the background. The objective of setting this museum is to provide general information on flora and fauna of the state, the latest development about the geological wealth, and thus, the ecological balance of animals and plants, nature and natural resources are displayed in a systematic manner. Many awareness programs on environmental issues are also organised by the museum along with extensive use of several audio-visual equipment.

    Entry into the museum is free of charge.

  • Railway Museum
    Established in 1979 by the Indian Railways, this is one of the earliest railway museums to be set up in India. The place has an amazing collection of photographs and objects related to the development of the railways with an outdoor display of locomotives. The main attraction of the museum are the royal coaches which belonged to the Maharaja of Mysore and give you an idea about the grand fashion in which the royalty travelled. There is also the Maharani's saloon carriage which has a dining car unit, a kitchen and a royal toilet dating back to 1899. A main attraction among children is the battery operated mini train that takes you on a ride around the grounds of the museum, and you can enjoy taking the ride even if you are not a kid.

    Timings: The museum is open on all days other than Monday from 10 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm. A small amount is charged as entrance fee. There is a fee charged for cameras.

  • Oriental Research Institute
    Established by His Highness Sri. Chamaraja Wodeyar Bahadur, the then Maharaja of Mysore, in the year 1891, this institute has a rich and worthwhile accumulation of Sanskrit holographs. This honoured establishment houses over 33,000 Palm leaf manuscripts which are preserved by applying lemon grass oil on the manuscripts which acts like a pesticide to protect from decaying and silver fish. Conventionally they were preserved by capturing them in microfilm and the stored digitally. The institute started as a library under the Department of Education and then, in 1943, changed its name to Oriental Research Institute.

    Timings: The Institute is open from 8 am to 8 pm on all working days and from 10 am to 5.30 pm on holidays.

These places offers a great opportunity to learn about the culture and tradition of Mysore 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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