Jnana-Pravaha Museum: Kala Mandap

Museum Address
Jnana-Pravaha
Centre for Cultural Studies and Research
South of Samne Ghat
Varanasi
City
State
Uttar Pradesh
Pin Code
221005
Email
jnanapravaha.vns@gmail.com
Phone Number
Museum website
http://www.jnanapravaha.org/about-museum.php?pid=3
Are there any docents or guides who visitors can directly call to book for a guided tour?
Yes
When was the museum established?
1999
Main category
Briefly describe the history of the museum, its collection and donors.

Jnana-Pravaha Museum, also known as Kala Mandap is located at Jnana-Pravaha, Centre for Cultural Studies and Research in Varanasi. The museum is on the second floor of the main building and the library is on the first floor. It was inaugurated in 1999 by Sri Suresh Neotia, who also donated his personal collection of paintings and artefacts to the museum. 

It houses a sizable collection of paintings, stone sculptures, old coins, terracotta sculptures, Persian and Indian textiles, copper plates, decorative art objects, paper prints, pottery, musical instruments, etc.  It also houses a rare collection of Pala, Mughal, Rajasthani and Pahadi style miniatures.

Some interesting displays in the museum include a dated copper plate of King Harshavardhana, gold coins of kings Kanishka and Chandragupta-I, and the remains that were found during excavation at Ramnagar (8th century BCE), Varanasi.

Photography
No
Videography
No
Cafeteria
No
Museum shop
Yes
Wheelchair friendly
No
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 )
Yes
Auditorium
Yes
Conference/ Seminar hall
Yes
Museum membership
No
Conservation lab
Yes
Research lab
No
Who manages the museum?
Private Organization
Person-in-charge of the museum
Other
First Name
Dr. Neeraj
Last Name
Pandey
Additional information ( if any)
Additional one hour, for visiting an open gallery and the other parts of the centre.
Reference Link
http://www.jnanapravaha.org/about-museum.php?pid=3
What is the average duration to see the museum?
1-2 hours
Map your museum’s correct location on the map given below.
Is the museum currently closed?
No
Image for museum exterior/building
Main Entry
Gallery Images
Image
Image title
Mahisasuramardini
Year
10th-11th century CE
Image
Image title
Dashashwamedh Ghat at Benaras on the river Ganges
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Image title
Copper plate of Harsha with seal
Entry Fee
Not Applicable
Opening Days
Sunday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Opening Time
11:00 a.m.
Closing Time
05:00 p.m.