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 Private Individuals in Bihar:

Following museums are run by private individuals.

  1. Jalan Museum, Qila House, Patna City

The Jalan museum was established by late Shri Diwan Bahadur Radha Krishna Jalan with his entire collection of art objects in the year 1954. It is a private museum housed in a purposely built building by the founder himself. The collection of objects; numbering to about ten thousand belonged mostly to the modern period, include those of stone, metal, terracotta, ivory, glass and porcelains. Besides, a few manuscripts are also preserved in the museum. Of the art objects, many are European and a few from the far-and near-eastern countries of Asia.

  1. Kumar Sangrahalaya, Hasanpur, Samastipur

Dr. P. K. Singh 'Mann' of Hasanpur (District - Samastipur) collected numerous objects and artifacts and established Kumar Sangrahalaya at his native village Hasanpur itself. The museum collection comprises a good number of terracotta, stone sculptures, paintings, manuscripts and coins.

Needless to say that the museum in Bihar are stepping forward towards community life. Attempts are being made to make the museum relevant especially in the rural hinterlands.

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