Banaras Hindu University
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Bharat Kala Bhavan

The nucleus of Bharat Kala Bhavan evolved in January 1920. Its first Hony. Chairman (for life) was poet Rabindranath Tagore and its Hony. Vice-Chairman was poet’s nephew Silpacharya Abanindranth Tagore. But in reality the credit for the origin and subsequent development of this internationally famous museum goes to Padmavibhushan Late Rai Krishnadasa – a renowned writer in Hindi and a pioneer among the Indian art historians.

Permanent Collection

Founded with a modest collection, the museum has a record of steady growth and its present holding exceeded 100,000. The collection includes archaeological materials, paintings, textiles and costumes, decorative art, personalia collections, Indian philately and literary and archival materials. Most of its collections are historically important, aesthetically beautiful and enjoy certain amount of uniqueness. However, the name and fame of this University Museum justly rests on its priceless collection of Indian paintings. An eminent art historian once declared that the museum possesses one of the greatest collection of miniature paintings. Though the museum’s target visitors are university students, alumni, research scholars and teachers, it also serves as a Regional Museum and caters to the need of a huge number of lay visitors.


domestic visitors Rs. 5/- per person

Nidhi Gallery Rs 5/- per person

visitors from SAARC countries Rs.20/- per person

Foreign visitors Rs. 40/- per person

Opening hours

Open from 11.00 A.M. to 4.30 P.M.

Times may change during summer.

Closed on Sundays and University holidays.

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