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Museums in Punjab

Museums in Punjab possess an extensive range of paintings and sculptures by contemporary Indian artists as well as a collection of Indian miniatures of the Mogul, Rajasthani, Pahari and Sikh schools. The museums also house a fine collection of medals, arms and armours, objects of princely states with sections on Archaeology, Anthropology, Tribal and folk arts depicting different concepts and scopes in the patterns of Art and Culture.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, Amritsar
Situated in Ram Bagh, this museum houses a matchless collection of paintings, arms and armory, manuscripts and coins of 18th and 19th Century.

Sanghol Museum, Fatehgarh Sahib
Situated on Chandigarh-Ludhiana road (40 km from Chandigarh), one can view a repository of archaeological finds of Punjab's ancient civilization at the Sanghol museum. One of the most important monuments here is a Stupa with Buddhist Monastery dating back to 1st and 2nd centuries.

Angol Sikh War Memorial, Ferozepur
This museum showcases portraits of historical personalities and paintings depicting scenes of battles of the Anglo-Sikh Wars. Poetic couplets penned by the contemporary poet Shah Muhammad are also embossed on the walls of the memorial. The couplets describe the detail of the battles in Punjabi language.

Govt. Museum, Hoshiarpur
At this museum fossils and rare sculptures collected from the archaeological site of Dholbaha are on display. The rare relics displayed here date back to the Stone age.

Rural Museum, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana
One can view exotic exhibits of the faded aspects of the rural Punjabi culture here. Rare relics of the era gone by, its arts, handicrafts, modes of eking out a living make the finest of displays.

Museum of Armoury & Chandeliers, Qila Mubarak, Patiala
The Darbar Hall contains rare cannons, swords, shields and maces, daggers of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, sword of Nadar Shah, etc. It also has a rich collection of chandeliers from Europe--one of the best collections in the world.

Art Gallery at Shish Mahal, Patiala
Rare collection of miniature paintings in Kangra, Rajasthan and Patiala styles are on display here. There is a special section on Tibetan Arts and Artefacts. Its Medal Gallery contains the world's largest collection of Medals and decorations.

Sports Museum, National Institute of Sports, Patiala
A unique exhibition centre, this museum contains rare photographs, medals and kits of the great Indian sportsmen. It is set in the sylvan surroundings of Moti Bagh Palace.

Guru Teg Bahadur Museum, Anandpur Sahib
This museum depicts the saga of Sikh history. Its paintings have been done by leading contemporary artists of Punjab.


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