Archaeological Museum Sarnath

Museum Address
(Sarnath Museum) Archaeological Site Museum, Saranth Station Rd, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India
City
State
Uttar Pradesh
Pin Code
221007
Museum website
http://www.sarnathmuseumasi.org
When was the museum established?
1910
Main category
Briefly describe the history of the museum, its collection and donors.

Archaeological Museum Sarnath was established in the year 1910 and is a site museum of Archaeological Survey of India. It was built to preserve and display antiquities found during the excavation at Sarnath. The idea of the construction of the museum was initiated by Sir John Marshall, the then Director General of Archaeology in India. The designing of the museum was commissioned to Mr James Ransome, who was the Consulting Architect to the Government of India.

There are five galleries and two verandahs in the museum to display the antiquities from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD found at Sarnath. There are many important artefacts that exhibit the materials and techniques from the respective periods. One of the most notable images is of Buddha preaching, from the Gupta period, and Lion Capital of Ashoka. Some other objects like figures of birds, animals, male and female heads dating from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD and terracottas, decorated baked bricks and pots, images of Jain Tirthankaras Parshvanatha, and Vimalanatha, etc. The museum also has an attached archaeological park and a souvenir shop at the entrance.

Photography
Yes
Videography
No
Cafeteria
Yes
Museum shop
Yes
Wheelchair friendly
Yes
Restroom
Yes
Drinking water
Yes
Locker room
Yes
Parking
Yes
Information in Braille
No
Workshops/seminars/lectures
Yes
Garden/picnic area
No
Audio/visual guides
No
Guided tours
No
Library and archives services
Yes
IT facilities ( Photocopying, printing, computer )
No
Auditorium
No
Conference/ Seminar hall
Yes
Museum membership
No
Conservation lab
No
Research lab
No
Who manages the museum?
ASI
Person-in-charge of the museum
Other
First Name
Dr. Neeraj
Last Name
Saxena
Additional information ( if any)
Archeological Park Fee:
Indians- Rs 25
Foreigners- Rs 300
Reference Link
http://www.sarnathmuseumasi.org/index.html
What is the average duration to see the museum?
3-4 hours
Map your museum’s correct location on the map given below.
Is the museum currently closed?
No
Image for museum exterior/building
Archaeological Museum Sarnath
Gallery Images
Image
Description of the Image

The Lion Capital, India’s national emblem, is exhibited in this gallery. It is made of Chunar sandstone.

Image title
Lion Capital of Ashoka pillar
Size
210x283 cms.
Year
Mauryan, 3rd century BC
Image
Image title
Image of Buddha
Size
155x87x27 cms
Year
Gupta, 5th century AD
Image
Image title
Image of Jambhal and Vasudhara
Size
65x50x18 cms.
Year
Early Medieval,10 - 11th century AD
Image
Description of the Image

Slab bearing inscription

Image title
Inscription of Kumardevi
Size
50x63x14 cms.
Year
Medieval, c. 12th century AD
Image
Image title
Umbrella of Bodhisattva 
Size
304x30 cms.
Year
Kushana c. 1st century AD
Image
Description of the Image

Unfinished stone artwork showcasing Lord Shiva with ten arms holding different weapons and killing the demon Andhakasura with his trident.

Image title
Lord Shiva killing Andhakasura
Size
320x125x55 cms.
Year
Medieval, 10 - 11th century AD
Image
Entry Fee
Applicable
Entry fee information
Rs 5 for all
Free Entry: Below 15 years
Opening Days
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Saturday
Public holidays
Opening Time
09:00 a.m.
Closing Time
05:00 p.m.