Directorate of Museum

In the State of Bihar, there are museums of different categories such as:

Museums owned by the State Govt.
Museums owned by Central Govt.
Museums owned by Universities/Semi-Govt. Organisations
Museums owned by Non-Govt. Organisations (Trust, Society, etc.)
Museums run by private individuals


Museums owned by the Non-Govt. Organisations in Bihar are as follows:

  1. Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Patna

On the right bank of Ganga, the Gandhi Smriti Sangrahalaya was established in the year 1967, which was renamed as Gandhi Sangrahalaya later on. 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 the Central Govt. as well as from State Govt. also the exhibits in the museum include photographs, documents etc. concerning the life and achievements 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. It is well maintained and managed by a managing committee, although it gets annual Government grant for its maintenance.

  1. Art-Gallery of Jaina Siddhanta Bhawan, Ara

After Patna University, the P.G. Department of ancient Indian and Asian Studies, (Magadh University) established a museum to collect and display the objects of archaeological and historical importance and also to acquaint the students with the antiquities of the region. The P.G. Department Museum has specimens of different kinds of potteries, terracottas and coins in its possession. The museum is supposed to impart training in the theory and practice of museum methods.

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