Archaeological Museum

#11 of 21 things to do in Hampi

The archeological museum situated at Kamalapuram is small but a significant one. it is dedicated to the ruins of Hampi and pedagogy for the Vijayanagara Empire. This museum is taken care by the Archeological Survey of India and started functioning way back in 1972! It is a spot to relish the rich history of Hampi as it was in the bygone days. It houses a rich collection of sculptures collected from various locations that formed the living entity of the bustling Vijayanagara Empire as it was. In addition to sculptures, the museum is a treasure box for artifacts, relics, coins, architectural pieces, miniature paintings, copper artifacts and ivory items that facilitated the working os the glorious empire.

You will find that the museum is divided into four parts. 

  • The first part displays a proportionately scaled model of the built and natural landscape of Hampi. It describes the topography of the region in context with the temples and monuments located at prime spots. 
  • The second part is a spot where you can find a collection of sculptures and idols collected from the ruins. Most of the exhibits here display the various poses and attributes of Lord Shiva along with other characters who have aided in forming many of his legends among believers.
  • The third part of the museum houses fascination collection of arms, coinage, tools and metal objects of value during the Vijayanagara Empire. One of the interesting display here is an exhibit of a section of documents made of brass and displayed in a peculiar manner.

 

  • The fourth part contains some of the oldest exhibits in the museum. They include hero stones, sati stones, stucco figurines, porcelain potters that are believed to be excavated from the ruins.

This is a one-stop destination to soak in the true marvel of Hampi with all its precious attributes to prove the might of the Vijayanagara Empire. However, it should be noted that photography is not at all encouraged i=once you are inside the museum.

Timing: 10 am to 5 pm on all days except Fridays and on National Holidays.

Entry fee: INR 5. No entry fee required for children under 15 years.

 

 

 

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