Director, Government Museum and Art Gallery
Union Territory
160 011
Phone: +91-172-2740261
Fax: +91-172-2740261

Government Museum And Art Gallery

The government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, India is known for its collection of Gandhara sculptures, Pahari and Sikh miniature paintings and contemporary Indian paintings and sculptures.

The Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, owes its existence to the partition of the country in August,1947. It is one of the premier institution of India with a very rich collection of Gandharan sculptures, Pahari and Rajasthani miniature paintings. Before the partition in 1947, the collection of art objects, paintings, sculptures and decorative arts, were housed in the Central Museum, Lahore the then capital of Punjab.

On April 10, 1948, the division of collection took place by which sixty percent of objects were retained by Pakistan and the remaining forty percent collection consisting mainly of Gandharan sculptures and Indian miniature paintings ( Mughal and Pahari schools) fell in the share of India. Received in the month of April,1949, this collection was first housed in Amritsar then Shimla, Patiala and finally shifted to Chandigarh.

Of the various multi-dimensional Museums in India, the Government Museum and Art Gallery at Chandigarh occupies a very distinctive position for not only its unique collection of the objects, but also for other reasons as well. Situated in the heart of the city planned by Le Corbusier, and very close to the city center in beautiful view of the Shivalik range of mountains, the Museum has a very sprawling and spread out campus at one side of which is located the Government College of Art. The Museum building is an attraction in view of the fact that Le Corbusier himself designed it. The Museu... [ Read all ]

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Permanent Collection

Gandhara sculptures, Pahari and Sikh miniature paintings,Indian manuscripts,Metal sculptures, Ancient and medieval Indian coins, Contemporary Indian paintings and sculptures.

The 627 Gandhara sculptures of this Museum are the ones that India received as her share of the Lahore Museum 's collection at the time of the partition of India in 1947. The sculptures are of variety of sizes and stylistic denominations. There are some large sized Buddha and Bodhisattva images and also a few depicting buddhist deities. There are numerous panels visualising buddhist narratives, some of which are doubtless of rare variety. Of the buddhist deities the images of Hariti and Panchika are the attraction of the collection. One standing image of Hariti found from Skarah Dheri is a unique example of the sculptural treasures because of it being inscribed and dated. The panels represent many themes not identified earlier even from similar examples of other collections. However, a good number of panels depict the Dipankara Jataka and many other narratives connected with the life of the Buddha.

In fact, the Gandhara collection of this Museum is a great attraction for the scholars not only because of its number which is second largest in any of the collections of Museums in India, the largest being that of the Indian Museum Calcutta, but also in view of many rare examples of narratives not represented in the examples preserved in other collections of the world.


The museum mounts temporary thematic and special International and national exhibitions.

Please see for details of current and forthcoming exhibitions

Previous Exhibitions

Piety and Splendour:
An exhibition of Sikh Art


Rs. 2/- (Rupees two only). There is no entry fee for children below 5 years.

Opening hours

The museum opens to the public daily between 10:00 a. m. and 4:30 p.m. except on Mondays, National and Public holidays.

Getting there

To reach Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10-C, Chandigarh from the Bus Stand in Sector 17, either one can take a cycle rickshaw or a local bus (no. 1, 10, 31, 75, 123, and 149) The bus will drop you at the Rose Garden. The museum is just across the road. From the railway station, an autorickshaw from the pre-paid stand will bring you straight to the museum. From the airport, auto rickshaws and taxis can be hired from the pre-paid booths. The museum is approximately 2 1/2 kms from the bus stand, 9 kms. from the railway station and 12 kms. from the airport.

An alternative is to board the bus of CITCO which takes the tourists on a tour of the city. For details log on to the website of CITCO.


The museum has two shops for the sale of its various publications and models in its two wings namely, Government Museum and Art Gallery and Natural History Museum . The Museum has brought out general publications in the form of a handy guide, hand lists, monographs and books, sets of picture postcards and reproductions of the masterpieces of the Museum collection.

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Guided tours take place daily at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Special guided tour for school children with prior appointments are arranged.
Wheelchairs are also available on request.