Directorate of Archaeology

  An overview of archaeological importance of Bihar.
  Formation and Activities of the Directorate.
  Museums owned by the Central Government.
  Museums owned by the Universities and Semi-Government Organisations.
  Museums owned by the Non-Government Organisations (Trust, Societies, etc.)
  Museums owned by Private Individuals.
  Bihar Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites' Remains and Art Treasures Act, 1976.


Museums owned by Non-Government Organisations (Trust, Societies, etc.) in Bihar:

Following museums are run by the Non-Govt. Organisations.

  1. Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Patna

On the right bank of the Ganga, the Gandhi Sangrahalya was established in the year 1967. It is one of a few institutions established by the authorities of the Gandhi Smarak Nidhi. The sangrahalaya now gets regular financial assistance every year from Central Govt. as well as from State Govt. also. The exhibits in the museum include photographs, documents etc. concerning the life and achievement of Mahatma Gandhi. The sangrahalaya has its own building with sufficient accommodation for the purpose of display and other activities.

  1. Rajendra Smriti Sangrahalaya, Sadaqat Ashram, Patna

The Rajendra Smriti Sangrahalaya was established in 1963 in the memory of late Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first president of India, with his belongings of daily use and the articles he had received from different countries as gifts and presents. The sangrahalaya was started in the same building in which the departed president resided after his retirement from the office of the president till the end of his mortal life.

  1. Art Gallery of Jaina Siddhanta Bhawan, Ara

This Art Gallery established by Shri Ajay Kumar Jain in the memory of late Shri Nirmal Kumar Jain and Chakreswar Kumar Jain, is situated in the premises of Shree Nath Temple Beside the Jaina Siddhanta Bhawan, Jail Road, Arrah. Many of the objects in the Gallery were brought from the local Jaina Siddhanta Bhawan and a few of them were collected from private individuals. The collection of objects in the Gallery includes ancient coins, Palm-leaf and other manuscripts, other documents and letters, stone images and pictures.

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