Informative, Innovative and Interactive Site of MP & Chhattisgarh
Un Site Informatif, Innovatif et Interactif de MP & Chhattisgarh
Indira Gandhi National Museum of Mankind
A nucleus of a 'National Museum of Man' began functioning from New Delhi from March 21, 1977 as part of the Anthropological Survey of India. 

In 1978 it was separated from the Anthropological Survey of India and declared as an independent subordinate office of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. In March 1985 the Museum was renamed as Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, at the instance of the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, which was later (1993) through a Cabinet decision named as Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya. 

For international perspective the term ‘National Museum of Mankind’ was adopted.  

Unlike other national museums, which were set up to house certain collections in possession, the IGRMS was started without any collection to display, rather with a set of ideas. The museum acts as a facilitator for forging interrelation between community and museums.

Brief Introduction

Situated in 200 acres of picturesque site at Shamla Hills overlooking the Upper Lake of Bhopal, the National Museum of Mankind is the largest open air anthropological museum in India. Established in 1977 this museum depicts the story of mankind in time and space through its open air and indoor exhibitions. 

The open air exhibitions consisting of Tribal Habitat, Coastal Village, Desert Village, Himalayan Village, Mythological Trail and Traditional Technology are constructed by the ethnic groups concerned using raw materials brought from their respective localities. These exhibitions give a good glimpse of richness and diversity of traditional architectural heritage of India and knowledge system associated with it. It has the unique distinction of having pre-historic rock paintings on its own premises. The Veethi Sankul, the indoor museum building having 13 galleries on various topics related to the human biological and cultural evolution and variation is also an added attraction for the visitors.

The museum is spearheading an interactive museum movement in India, to celebrate the ‘simultaneous validity’ of various valuable cultural patterns evolved over thousands of years. The organisation is working for national integration, and promotes research and training and inter-institutional networking for salvage and revitalisation of vanishing but valuable cultural traditions and highlights the unity and diversity; and organises exhibitions to present an integrated story of biological evolutions and variations. 

The museum, through its exhibitions and salvage activities, demonstrates the aesthetic qualities of India’s traditional life styles; local knowledge and mores cherished for thousands of years, and caution the people against unprecedented destruction of 

ecology, environment, local values, customs etc. There is a paradigm shift in museum education process and IGRMS envisages a definite role for itself in this process.

Aims and objectives

• To present an integrated story of the evolution of man and culture with special reference to India;
• To highlight the richness and diversity of cultural patterns in India and its underlying unity;
• To promote national integration;
• To organise indoor and outdoor exhibitions on : Human evolution and human variation; Culture and society in pre and proto historic times; and patterns of culture;
• To take steps to salvage and preserve the fast vanishing aspect of the Indian culture;
• To promote and conduct research in the related subjects and provide funds and enter into arrangements with other similar institutions for the purpose of furtherance of the objectives of the Samiti;
• To act as a centre of research and training in museology of the appropriate kind and generate in the course of time a new museum movement in the different regions of India to present and preserve variety of cultural life; and 

• To undertake all such activities as and when considered necessary for the achievement of the said objectives.

How to reach


The National Museum of Mankind, is located at Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh in the central province of India. The museum is situated between 77O 25’ E longitude, 23O 16’ N latitude at a height of 1900 ft above sea level.

By Air - Bhopal is air-linked with international flights and from Delhi, Mumbai and Indore
By Rail - Being located in Central India, Bhopal is directly connected to major metro-cities of India like Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and other tourist centre’s by rail
Museum Timings
Visiting hours: March to August 11.00 to 18.30 and September to Feb 10.00 to 17.30.
Opens on: Every day except Mondays and national holidays.

 Entrance Fee

 Entry ticket :10/- for adults and 5/- for children. 

Free entry for children up to 12 years of age and students having I-cards. 50 per cent discount on ticket fee is allowed to group visitors representing recognised educational institutions on certain conditions.

Address - Shamla Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Pin Code - 462002
Phone No - 0091 - 755 - 2661458 and 2526533
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