Dwelling into Bihar’s Culture with Bihar Museum

Bihar boasts of a very rich past. The state has been the epicentre of some of the greatest school of arts, religious movement and the most powerful empires along with renowned examples of education and world peace. With an important role to play in Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, the journey to understand Bihar’s role in Indian culture will take you deep into the pages of a book that is very endless. Bihar museum is a small step in introducing you with the glorious history of state.

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Bihar Museum’s building caught my eye way before the time it opened its door to public. Anyone who passed by that road, would have come across the ultra modern building being constructed in a huge span of land. This was the proposed site of the upcoming Patna museum.

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My Bihar visits during this time had made me wonder about the interiors. Finally, after a long wait, the museum was launched and needless to say that there was nothing to be disappointed about.

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From the building to the galleries, Bihar Museum, Patna presents a display of unique culture of Bihar to the visitors. As one of the best places to visit in Patna, this museum is a perfect day trip in Patna. The museum is still growing so it is expected that more galleries will be added in the coming years and the establishment will grow on the levels of famous international museums like the ones in Paris and London.

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Bihar Museum is a state of the art facility, was designed by the renowned Japanese architecture firm, Maki & Associates. Spread in area on a “campus” of 5.3 hectares, the museum presents itself as a unique peek into Bihar’s history, future and culture. Steel is used predominantly in the architecture of the museum as it represents India’s historical dominance in metallurgy, as well as India’s current prominence within the international steel industry. Completed with glass, stone and terracotta finishes, the museum is filled with opulence and grandeur.

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Since time immemorial, Bihar has been the epicentre of some of the greatest thought-leaders, the most powerful empires and the most renowned shrines of knowledge and peace. Apart from the great tangible artefacts, objects and symbols, Bihar has produced some of the greatest universal concepts through Buddhism and Jainism.

What to expect at Bihar Museum

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Post construction, about 1700 artefacts was shifted to the museum from Patna museum where they were previously housed. One of the famous addition to the newly constructed museum includes a Yakshi. Apart from this, the museum also houses works from some of the famous artists from the state.

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A 6000 kg mould featuring 171 Buddhist Monks with a big bronze Buddha begging bowl at the centre is prime highlight. This sculpture is designed by Mr. Sanjay Kumar. Another famous attraction being an Anvil by Subodh Gupta, titled Yantra.

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The Hall of Mithila Painting is a unique sight in the whole museum. This is the first time when the art work from Bihar is displayed so extravagantly in a museum. Tikuli Art, a vanishing art form also finds home at this museum. Hope the promotion and encouragement brings it back from the pages of obscurity.

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The figurines date by to 1st century AD, most of the old stone sculptures are broken but are still a marvel to gaze upon. These statues are from the eras of various kingdoms like like Mauryas, Sungas, Guptas and Palas.

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The museum also has an amphitheatre, a state-of-the-art auditorium, a cafeteria called Pot Belly that serves Bihari cuisine.

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How to reach – Bihar Museum is 2.6 km away from Patna Junction. Regular shared autorikshaws run between Junction and the museum.

Tickets – The entry fee for the museum is INR 100, an additional charge of INR 100 is required for clicking pictures.

30 thoughts on “Dwelling into Bihar’s Culture with Bihar Museum

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  1. Wow this museum looks incredible and makes me really want to go and visit! We are currently in the North of India but our next stop is Lucknow which is in the opposite direction! Maybe we can try to fit it in. Thanks for sharing! ❤

  2. Oh wow, the artwork in this museum is so ornate and beautiful! It seems like such an eclectic museum, lots of things to learn from many different periods!

  3. Bihar is an extremely neglected state. Never knew it has such a rich culture. Bihar museum seems to be a must visit place. I especially loved the Buddha begging bowl with miniature monks. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow, I am surprised to see such a beautiful museum in Bihar because I had no idea that there were museums there for tourists and visitors. Bihar has not usually been pitched as a tourist destination, not even for the Indians, so it has not been on my list of places that I really want to visit in India. I would, however, be interesting in learning more about the state’s history and particularly, the arise and spread of Buddhism.

  5. The first largest size museum that I visited in India is not very far from Bihar- The Indian Museum Kolkata. It had some of the most ancient collections beginning from Dinosaur age to the Egyptian Era monuments. The Bihar Museum comes with another ray of promise and hope about of national heritage. Glad that you brought it out here. 🙂

  6. The very first museum and the largest museum that I visited was the Indian Museum Kolkata which had a wide variety of collection from the Dinosaur age to the Egyptian monuments. The Bihar Museum seems to add to the legacy of the Indian heritage. Glad to learn about the place through your post… 🙂

      1. Definitely, you must. Frankly, even I didn’t knew much about Indian Museum. I bumped into the place while I was waiting for a friend at Park Street. But when I went inside, it was my friend’s turn to wait, as I didn’t come out before I completed seeing every single room there…. That’s the biggest collection I have ever seen…. 🙂

  7. The Bihar museum looks so beautiful and the pictures in this post gave an amazing virtual tour. Hall of Mithila Painting is indeed a unique sight. Have to visit Bihar for this and other amazing gems that it offers for travelers! Loved to read about Bihar’s history here and really feel proud of all the great achievements from the artifacts, to great empires and the concepts of Buddhism and Jainism!

  8. It’s great to know that Bihar has such a brilliant museum with so many unique artifacts. I didn’t knew much about Patna and I am glad that you have made me aware of this. It would be an enriching experience to visit this museum someday.

  9. Wow! this looks like a unique museum. Starting off with a Rhino and Dung is a pretty strong statement and caught me a bit off guard. It all looks so fascinating though! Especially the 171 monks at the bronze begging bowl, that is also a fascinating piece. Def looks like a place to stop by to visit and explore!

  10. I love visiting museums and Bihar is one of the 4 states that I have yet to visit in India. I was intrigued by the statues of 171 Buddhist Monks. Looks like I should plan a trip to Bihar soon 🙂

  11. I really enjoy historical museums around the globe, since they usually provide such a great insight about the place (plus they are often half-empty). This one looks quite interactive too! 🙂

  12. This museum looks so spectacular, it’s very modern, yet it still pertains the atmosphere of the ancient exhibits. Definitely a place a visit when in that area.

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