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Museums & Culture in Shimla
- The Gaiety Theatre on the Mall has shows fairly regularly. The theatre is modeled on a prize-winning design and the building was completed in 1888. Several noted people have performed on its stage and include some major 'Bollywood' personalities. The building to the neo-Gothlic style of architecture and is currently undergoing an extensive renovation.
- The Institute of Advanced Study (the former Viceregal Lodge) has a small museum on the premises. This magnificent building built in Elizabethan style of English Renaissance was completed in 1888. It used to be the abode of Viceroys and Presidents of India till Dr. S. Radhakrishnan in 1965 handed it over to establish the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies for conducting higher research. The open lawn in the south and north of the buildings with blooming seasonal flowers add to the regality of the building. The place is open to public on a small entry fee.
- SHIMLA STATE MUSEUM / Himachal State Museum at 'Inverarm' has a rich display of the state’s cultural, artistic and archaeological heritage. Located on the Mall road, the State Museum is a colonial building set in spacious lawns. Having a good collection of coins, photographs, local handicrafts and other items the museum is a humongous building. The doll gallery consists of a collection of Himachali bride and tribal dolls while the collection of Pahari miniature painting is also worth a look. The museum has a vast collection of damaged sculptures from all over the state preserved here, like the 8th century stone images from Masrur and Bajaura. Apart from these there are many rare specimens worth seeing. This State Museum, housed in a reconstructed Raj building called "Inverarm" was opened to the public in 1974. The museum contains more than 1,000 artifacts from various parts of Himachal and there are 15 galleries for exhibition. The exhibits include stone sculptures dating from 6th century to 11th century and a collection of Kangra miniatures representing various themes based on seasons, musical modes and episodes from "Geeta Govinda" etc. The most impressive part is the 19th century wall paintings from Chamba region, housed in the ground floor of the galleries. Among other objects for display are statues, coins, photos taken from the whole state. There is also a useful library full of historical books.
- Timing: 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Monday and government holidays. Entry charges for visitors. The Shimla State Museum is visited by the researchers from both domestic as well as foreign lands.
- The various galleries of the Shimla State Museum are as follows :-
- Pre-Historic Gallery - The gallery consists of ancient stone age tools as well as models of extinct animals.
- Wood-Carving Gallery - Remains of wood panels of ancient temples and traditional wood artistry and stone work is found here.
- Archaeology Gallery- Storehouse of sculptural works and terracotta stuffs of Maurya, Shunga and Gupta period.
- Wall Painting Gallery - Bags wall painting of the Rang Mahal of Chamba.
- Numismatic Gallery - Has got an extensive collection of the coins of Himachal Pradesh.
- The other galleries of the Shimla State Museum are :-
- Himachal Archaeological Gallery
- Pahari Miniature Painting Gallery
- Photographs Gallery
- Rajasthan Miniature Painting Gallery
- Bronze Gallery
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