Museum of Bengal-Ashutosh Museum

Ashutosh Museum of Indian Art one of the finest museum of Kolkata and India

Ashutosh Museum of Indian Art was established in 1937. It is the first Public Museum in any University of India. This museum is named after great educationist Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee. It is located in the main Campus of University of Kolkata on College Street.

Main object of this museum is to collect antique Indian art mainly eastern Indian art and preserve it. First this museum was started only with 5 objects but now it contains above 25,000 objects. The items displayed over here are paintings, sculptures, terracotta, textiles etc. During World War II the location of the museum had to be changed fearing the bombardments. Heavy sculptures were shifted to underground and other portables were shifted to Imambada at Murshidabad.

The ground floor of the museum is with full of sculptures and visitors start their journey from here first seeing the stone sculptures. One stone sculpture Vishnu Vasudeva is very popular amongst them. In the main hall it is full of stone sculptures. These sculptures are collected from Bihar, Orissa and Bengal. Some famous sculptures are Buddha sculpture from Chandraketugarh, Surya sculpture from Kasipur and Katikeya from North Bengal.

In th left of the hall it is full of beautiful terracotta, coins, seals and antiques. These are collected from various archaeological places of Bengal like Tamluk, Harinarayananpur, Tilda, Bangarh etc. One willow Yakshnini from Bangarh is very popular amongst them. Apart from Bengal there are terracotta collections which are from Patna, Nalanda, Kausambi belonging to Maurya and Gupta periods.

In the first floor of the Museum there are ancient Indian and Srilankan mural paintings in large numbers. Also folk arts and textiles from Bengal and Orissa are displayed there. Some paintings of epic styles related to Krishna, Rama and Sri Chaitanya and Ramayana manuscript of Tulsidasa dated A.D. 1772 which was discovered from Midnapore are displayed there and very popular too.

Embroidery works done by rural folk of Benagli women are also exhibitioned here. Kantha is one of them.

Standing Gopala of 16th Century A.D. is the finest display over here which was recovered from Malda.


For Photography prior permission has to be taken and Rs. 200/- is charged for the use of camera.

Your name and address also has to be registered first at the entrance.

Desiring visitors for sketching of the Museum or objects of the museum will be required to give written application for permission for sketching.

Video shooting of the Museum is to be done by giving an application 45 days before the date of shooting.

[Picture taken from Calcutta University Website]

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