WELCOME TO GOVERNMENT MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY (CHANDIGARH)
Chandigarh's Government Museum and Art Gallery was designed by Le Corbusier. The museum's greatest treasure is the Indian share of Lahore's Central Museum collection, which includes over 600 Gandhara sculptures, nearly 450 miniature paintings and exhibits in stucco, ivory, ceramic and fabric. The gallery of miniatures showcases various schools, such as Rajasthani, Sikh, Pahari and Mughal styles, while a contemporary gallery houses an eclectic collection of modern painting and sculpture, including the works of Indian luminaries Sobha Singh, Amrita Sher Gil and Vivan Sundaram. Amongst the manuscripts housed here is a collection of Adi Granths, handwritten by Kashmiri artists, including one that bears the Nisan (signature) of Guru Teg Bahadur. Two separate wings of house the Chandigarh Architecture Museum and the Natural History Museum. The former includes an exhibition featuring plans and models of Chandigarh, along with photographs and documents from the life of Le Corbusier. The Natural History wing charts the evolution of life from the age of dinosaurs to the ancient man, and the National Gallery of Portraits displays portraits of national leaders and heroes of the Freedom Movement, including Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Bhagat Singh.
Timings: 10am-4:30pm (Tues-Sun) / Closed: Monday / Tickets: Adults – Rs10, Children under 12, Senior Citizens – Free / Camera Fee: Rs 5 / Guided Tours (daily): 11am, 12noon, 3pm, 4pm