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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the various museums and art galleries in Shillong?

Rupali Khanna DEC 10 2012
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Answer: Are you one of those geeks who can't resist gathering knowledge and admiring art even when on a holiday? For the nerd in you, Shillong has a whole host of museums and art galleries that offer great insights about nature, culture, art and history of the city. Explore, understand and get smarter with little tidbits of information and reach new levels of being a culture vulture. Make sure to keep some time in your itineraries for the following museums and art galleries in Shillong:


  • Captain Williamson Sangma State Museum

    Looking for some insights into local history and lifestyle? Head here to understand more about what Meghalaya was like when it was Assam and everything that has gone into giving the state its unique character. Run by the Government of Meghalaya, it is housed in the State Central Library Complex, which also has statues and monuments dedicated local patriots who fought for the state, Indira Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

    Timings: 10am to 4pm (Closed on 2nd Saturday of every month)
    Entry: Free
    Address: State Central Library
    IGP Point
    Shillong
    Meghalaya
    India

  • Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures

    Know everything about local, indigenous or world culture at this unique museum. Attend one of the regularly hosted animation programmes or buy publications of the various research that the centre conducts and feel childlike awe at the amazing displays here. Opened only in 2003, this massive museum building is spread over 7 floors and 14 well-maintained galleries. A great place to gain some insights into the North Eastern culture in India.

    Timings: Summer - 9.30am to 5.30pm (1.30 to 5.30 pm on Sundays)
    Winter - 9.30am to 4.30pm (1.30 to 4.30 pm on Sundays)
    Entry: INR 50 for Indians, INR 150 for foreign nationals, INR 30 for students
    Address: Sacred Heart College
    Mawlai
    Shillong
    793008
    Meghalaya
    India
    Telephone: + 91-364-2550260
    Official Website:
    http://www.dbcic.org/graphical/about.htm

  • Butterfly Museum

    Did you think you could only see butterflies in a garden, on a bright day in springtime? The Butterfly Museum is sure to be a shocker for you. Experience the vibrancy and beauty of some of the rarest species of butterflies and moths. Not only Indian, this privately owned museum also houses varieties of butterflies from across the globe. Butterflies and moths here are cultivated for commercial purposes, thus ensuring their conservation too. Be ready to be mesmerised!

    Timings: 10am to 4.30pm (Monday to Friday)
    10.30am to 1pm (Saturday)
    Entry: INR 5
    Address: Riatsamthiah
    Near Police Bazaar
    Shillong
    Meghalaya
    India

  • Chrysalis Art Gallery

    Interested in experiencing some typically local flavour of art? Head here to explore and understand the style of art in Meghalaya, the North East and the rest of India. This art gallery is run by a local artist, Jaya Kalra, and features works of artists and artisans, set in a beautiful display. The gallery is flexible enough to house paintings canvases, sculptures, handicrafts and photographs, offering its visitors an all-in-one experience.

    Address: Salonsar Mansion
    2nd floor, Near Hotel Pegasus Crown
    Police Bazar Point
    Shillong
    793001
    Meghalaya
    India
    Telephone: +91-364-2223334 / 2220499 / +91-94361-18960

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