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.
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
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
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
• 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
• To take steps to salvage and preserve the fast vanishing aspect of the Indian
• 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
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
Visiting hours: March to August 11.00 to 18.30 and September to Feb 10.00 to
Opens on: Every day except Mondays and national holidays.
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.