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Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum

Location: In the campus of Banaras Hindu University

How to Reach: You can reach easily by car, Auto-rickshaw or by Cycle-rickshaw.

Timings: 11 am to 4.30 pm.

                    Closed on Sundays and University holidays

Entrance Fee: Rs. 5/- per person (domestic visitors)

Nidhi Gallery: Rs. 5/- per person

Entrance Fee including Nidhi Gallery: Rs. 20/- per person (visitors from SAARC countries)

Entrance Fee including Nidhi Gallery: Rs. 40/- per person (visitors from other countries)

Entrance Fee for staff, students and other institutes of India: Rs. 2/- per person

Still Camera Fee: Rs. 10/- per camera. Videography not allowed



Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum is an excellent sightseeing option because it has a valuable collection of miniature paintings, sculptures and bronzes. The collection includes archaeological materials, paintings, textiles and costumes, decorative art, literary and archival materials. Most of its collections are historically important, aesthetically beautiful and enjoy certain amount of uniqueness. Bharat Kala Bhavan houses a 19th century map of the Raj Ghat excavations and old etchings of the city. Besides Hindu, Islamic and Buddhist artifacts, the works of contemporary artists like Jamini Roy, Nicholas Roerich and Alice Boner are also displayed here.

Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum was established by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in 1920A.D. and has a vast collection of paintings, Hindu and Buddhist sculptures and other materials of archeological studies. In the main hall of the Bhawan, there is a figure of a man standing on one leg and one hand on his hip and lifting a mass of stone above his head, with one hand which is said to be figure of Lord Krishna lifting Govardana. In the halls of the Bharat Kala Bhavan, there are many rare images that testify to the existence of Krishna cult in Kashi in 15th and 16th century Gupta period. It has the miniature paintings from the courts of Mughals and the Hindu Princes of Punjab. Bharat Kala Bhavan is considered as the best University Museum in India. There is no university in India which has this kind of museum. Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum is one of the top ten museums in India and has acquired the status of a university museum of national importance.

Various galleries in Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum are:

Ground Floor:

  •     Mahamana Malaviya Gallery

  •     Textile Gallery

  •     Nicholas Roerich Gallery

  •     Chhavi (Painting Gallery)

  •     Central Hall (Temporary Exhibition)

  •     Sculpture Gallery

  •     Nidhi (Treasures) Gallery

  •     Fred Pinn Gallery

  •     Terracotta Gallery

First Floor:

  •     Numismatic ( coin) Gallery

  •     Archaeological Gallery

  •     Decorative Art Gallery

  •     Banaras Through The Ages Gallery

  •     Gallery on Alice Boner

  •     Gallery on M.K. Gupta