Take A Museum Tour Of The Northeast States

Take A Museum Tour Of The Northeast States
The Ujjayanta Palace Museum, Agartala, Tripura. Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Barunghosh

The vast and varied history of India's northeast has been preserved in its many museums. Here are five you must-visit

Pranay Jain
February 05 , 2023
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An easy way to understand the diverse culture and people of the northeastern states is to visit the museums established for the same purpose.

Jawaharlal Nehru Museum, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh 


One of the first state museums in the northeast, along with the Assam State Museum, the Jawaharlal Nehru Museum, was established 46 years ago to commemorate the birth centenary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It is considered to be the best ethnographic museum in the country. You must visit the Mountaineering Gallery, which has climbing gear donated by Tapi Mra, the first Arunachali to summit Mount Everest.

Mizoram State Museum, Aizawl, Mizoram 

A well-curated ethnographic museum with many collections on display, the museum located at Bawlhmun, Macdonald Hill, Zarkawt, in Aizawl, was established in 1977. It moved into its current permanent premises only in 1990 and was modernised and improved with the assistance of the Indian Museum, Kolkata. 

Nagaland State Museum, Kohima, Nagaland  

To get a deeper insight into the history and culture of Nagaland, visit the Kohima State Museum. Located in Bayavu Hill, about one and a half kilometres from the city centre, the museum was established in 1970. It houses rare artefacts belonging to all 16 tribes of Nagaland. From tribal attire and weapons to jewellery and sculptures, the exhibits portray every aspect of Naga life.

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (NIT), Deorali, Sikkim 

About two kilometres from Gangtok city centre, the foundation stone of Namgyal Institute of Tibetology was laid in 1957 by the present Dalai Lama 1957. The museum was inaugurated by the then-prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. If you are curious about Buddhism, and Tibetan socio-religious customs, you must visit NIT.

Ujjayanta Palace Museum, Agartala, Tripura

Built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya during 1899-1901, the museum is a two-storeyed mansion with an 86-foot-high central dome. The Ujjayanta Palace Museum is a sight to behold, surrounded by Mughal-style gardens with lit-up fountains. The Chinese room, crafted by artisans brought from China, now houses the State Legislative Assembly.

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