Offering some valuable insight into Bodhgaya’s mythology and splendid history, the Archaeological Museum is a must-visit destination when on a visit to the sacred city.
The Archaeological Museum was established in the year 1956 and houses an excellent collection of both Buddhist and Hindu artefacts, stone sculptures and items such as miniature pots, coping stones.
How to Get There
The museum is located right next to the Mahabodhi Temple. It can be easily reached via taxis, auto-rickshaws or even by private vehicles. Visitors staying in Bodhgaya hotels located in the vicinity such as Oaks Bodhgaya can access the repository with minimum hassle.
The museum is open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily except on Fridays. An entrance fee of Rs. 10 /= will be charged per adult while children under the age of 15 can walk in free.
Things to See
The museum consists of two galleries, two spacious verandas, and an open courtyard, showcasing a wide range of antiquities. Bronze and stone sculptures from the Buddhist and Brahman period are displayed along with depictions of Buddhist lore. Other items on display include huge statues of Lord Buddha and Lord Vishnu, currency from the Mughal era and ancient artefacts from the Mauryan and Gupta periods.
The Archaeological Museum in Bodhgaya offers visitors a comprehensive glimpse into the splendid history and culture of the sacred city. From huge stone and bronze statues of the Lord Buddha to the ten reincarnations of the Lord Vishnu, the galleries house within its confines fascinating items of historical importance.