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Chandigarh City - Museum and Art Galleries


Government Museum and Art Gallery

Leisure Valley of Chandigarh runs through several sectors. In this Valley in sector 10 has been created a cultural zone. In this zone Government Museum and Art Gallery is located. As per its name its building in itself is a work of great art. Historical and modern paintings and sculptures of vast range are housed in the museum. Dr. M.S.Randhawa, the first Chief Commissioner of Chandigarh Union Territory, was a  man of many facts. One of these was his fondness and love for art. He had remained himself  involved in Kangra and other Pahari miniature paintings as well as Gandhara sculptures. Because of his interest of anthropologists there is collection of fossils of pre historicman and his implements.These finds were unearthed in India. In the complex is museum of Evolution and the and the exhibition gallery housing interesting features. The core collection of this museum, included 619 Gandhara sculptures and 92 ancient sculptures from other periods, as well as 447 miniature paintings (mainly from the Punjab Hills but with some Persian, Mughal and Rajasthani works in addition).  Over the past 40 years more than 9,000 objects have been acquired, the total number of works now exceeds 10,000.

Visiting Hours :10.00 a.m. to 04.30. p.m. all days except Monday and official holidays.

Museum of the Evolution of Life (Science Museum)

Inaugurated on 14 August 1973. A large cyclorama gallery is the focus of the museum; it depicts the origin of the earth and the evolution of life. Other galleries introduce the viewer to astronomy, geology and the world of ancient man.
Visiting Hours :10.00 a.m. to 04.30. p.m. all days except Monday and official holidays.

Child Art Gallery

This gallery exhibits works by young artists of the Chandigarh. The museum frequently organises art workshops for students and children.
Visiting Hours :10.00 a.m. to 04.30. p.m. all days except Monday and official holidays.

National Gallery of Portraits

Located in Sector 17B and inaugrated on 11th September 1977 with portraits of Indian freedomfighters, rare documents and recordings of the voices of 125 prominent figures of India's Independence movement. The gallery now contains approx. 1066 photographs plus fascimiles of original writings, sculptures and  ceramic murals . Some 1300 books on the freedom struggle of India kept in the library of the gallery.
Visiting Hours : 09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m. all days except Saturday & Sunday and official holiday

International Dolls Museum

Situated in Bal Bhawan ,Sector 23 and inaugrated on 24th  December, 1985, it contains more than 300 dolls from nearly every country in the world. Ten ceramic murals and a large model train completes the display.
Visiting Hours : 09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m. all days except official holidays.

Punjab Kala Kendra

Open from 10.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs Set up in Sector-16, the Kendra is the office of the Punjab Arts Council (Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi). Exhibitions are frequently organised in its large galleries and the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademy's permanent collection of contemporary art is also on display here.
Visiting Hours : 10.00 a.m. to 05.p.m. all days except Sunday and official holidays.
 
 

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