Location : Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Attraction : Mummy from Egypt
Time to Visit : 10.30 in the morning to 4.30 in the evening
Closed on : Monday
Lucknow State Museum is located near Banarsi Bagh, near Hajrat Ganj. It is not only a museum but also an archive. The three-storey building of the museum comprises numerous sculpture, natural history exhibits, textiles, and coins. Established in 1863, the place is a combination of museum as well as archive.
This multipurpose museum stores a vast collection of paintings, statues, handicraft items, bronze artifacts, anthropological specimen, decorative items, and other notable objects. The entire building has been divided into several sections like numismatic, ethnography, natural history and many more. Lucknow State Museum is among the oldest museums and has a vivid collection of artworks.
This spectacular place is a part of zoological gardens of Prince of Wales. The original collection comprised of antique pieces from Awadh and other works that showcased Indian mythology. Later a vast number of items were added. The remains excavated at Kapilvastu were also placed in this unique building. The museum boasts of some of the rare and prized possessions. Some of the antique pieces that have remained part of history include a wine jar with the name of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb engraved on it, a anthropomorphic figure, a number of coins in gold and silver, and remains of a fossil plant. Another notable feature of Lucknow State Museum is the presence of an Egyptian Mummy.
One can also visit the place for a wooden sarcophagus that belongs to the period dating 1000 years BC. Other unique items that are present in the premises are Balram's sculpture in stone, a statue of Saraswati, and a five-faced Shiva lingam. One can also get to see a pistol belonging to the freedom fighter Chandrasekhar Azad. The archeology section comprises of the artworks excavated from various sites of Uttar Pradesh. A chamkali in jade that bears the name Jahangir and a Persian copy of Harivansha are worth noticing.
Lucknow State Museum attracts a number of visitors and history enthusiasts and is a site worth-visiting.