GOVERNMENT MUSEUM (BANGALORE) established in 1865 by the
* 1 History
* 1.1 Foundation * 1.2 First home * 1.3 New building
* 2 Building * 3 Collections * 4 Visitors * 5 Governance * 6 Gallery * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links
Portrait of Edward G. Balfour at the
The government museum in
The museum was founded at the advice and counsel of Edward G. Balfour
, a medical officer of the
The museum was first established at the Cantonment's jail building. It continued to function there for 13 years until 1878.
The jail building was considered not suitable for a museum and it was
decided to construct a special museum building near the Cantonment.
The current site of the museum was identified for the new museum. The
new museum (the current structure) was planned and built in 1877 by
Richard Hieram Sankey , the Chief Engineer of
The museum was popularly known as the tamasha house (entertainment house).
The museum is flanked by the Visvesvaraya Industrial And Technological Museum and the Venkatappa Art gallery. The museum is located centrally on Kasturba road. The museum is built in 1877 in the neoclassical architectural style. It has two porticos on either side, Corinthian columns , circular arches , sloping eaves and prominent sloping parapet walls.
A replica of the original
The museum has two exhibition floors which are divided into 18 galleries. The galleries cover sections that span sculpture, natural history , geology , art, music and numismatics .
The museum is an archaeological museum and has a rare collection of
archaeological and geological artifacts including old jewellery,
sculpture, coins and inscriptions . The museum has 70 paintings, 84
sculptures, and hundreds of other artifacts, some of which unique to
the museum. The museum has sculpture from the
The museum has a model of
The prized collections of the Museum include the earliest Kannada
The museum saw many visitors in the early part of its history. The average annual footfall was 280,000 in the 1870s and over 400,000 in the early part of the 20th century as per museum records catalogued by the British. According to museum officials, the annual number of visitors is over 90,000 consisting of domestic and international tourists.
The Karnataka State Archaeology Department governs the museum. it comes under the purview of the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums. The 13th Finance Commission of India has sanctioned ₹ 1 billion as a grant to Karnataka for the conservation of monuments and development of museums.
Field Gun, World War I Trophy, displayed outside the Government Museum *
Sculpture gallery besides the museum
Ganapathi at Govt Museum
Lakshmi at Govt Museum
Elephant at Govt Museum
Balaram at Govt Museum
Vinayaka at Govt museum
Garuda at Govt Museum
Devi at Govt Museum
Devi1 at Govt Museum
Narayana at Govt Museum
Male figure 2 at Govt Museum
Maheshwari, a form of Feminine goddess at Govt Museum
Tripurasundari, a form of Feminine goddess at Govt Museum
Bhudevi, human manifestation of mother Earth at Govt Museum Bangalore *
Maruthi or Hanuman at Govt Museum
Lion head at Govt Museum
Devi 19th century *
Male figure at Govt Museum
A man and a woman, village folks at Govt Museum
Three tier part of pillar at Govt Museum
A headless statue of possibly a female deity at Govt Museum Bangalore *
Warrior riding horse with a servant,part of pillar at Govt Museum
Warrior riding horse,part of pillar at Govt Museum
Front view, Horse head at Govt museum
Part of an arch with God figures 3 at Govt museum
Part of an arch with God figures 2 at Govt museum
Horse head at Govt museum
Varavaramuni at Govt Museum
Replica of Gopuram of a temple at Govt Museum
Part of an arch with God figures at Govt museum
Part of a temple pillar at Karnataka Govt Museum,
Part of a pillar with inscription at Karnataka Govt Museum, Bangalore *
Part of a pillar at Karnataka Govt Museum,
Naga At Government Museum *
Naga stone at Karnataka Government museum *
Naga stone *
Naga stone 18th century *
Nandi At Government Museum *
Seated saint *
Vinayaka at Karnataka Government museum *
Wrist with Fingers *
Vishnu At Government Museum
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* ^ Meera Iyer (December 2009). "Why the relics still lie here."
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* ^ Curzon Collection\'s \'Souvenir of