The museums of Karnataka are repositories of the state's glorious history. Remnants of the bygone eras have been carefully preserved in the Karnataka museums. Besides sculpture and artifacts belonging to the ancient ages, the museums in Karnataka exhibit traditional paintings.
Karnataka Government Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery
Reputed to be one of the oldest museums in India, the Karnataka
Government Museum was established in 1866. This impressive Neo-Classical
structure houses a vast array of sculpture and artifacts belonging to
different periods of Karnataka history. The painting section of the
museum, known as the Venkatappa Art Gallery, boasts of a substantial
collection of traditional Mysore paintings. Open daily, except on
Mondays. Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
The Jaganmohan Palace, built in 1902 to mark the coronation ceremony of
Krishnaraja III, was converted into the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery.
The museum is endowed with a rich collection of ceramics, sandalwood,
ivory, stone, antique furniture, and ancient musical instruments. An
interesting exhibit of the museum is the genealogical table of the
Mysore kings from 1399 till today, painted in a leaf form in the Mysore
style of art.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
The Visvesvaraya Technological Museum is named after Sir M.
Visveshwaraya, one of the greatest Indian engineers. The museum is a
tribute to his relentless efforts to bring science and technology to the
common man. The museum contains different sections in accordance to
popular science disciplines. The Electrotechnic Gallery has various
electrotechnic experiments and the history of the development of
Established in 1979, the Rail Museum houses an extensive collection of
locomotives, and coaches that hark back to the fledgling days of Indian
railway. The Chamundi Gallery exhibits a unique collection of
photographs and paintings illustrating the growth and evolution of the
railways. The piece de resistance among the exhibits is the 1899-built
Maharani's saloon carriage that boasts of a kitchen, dining car unit and
a royal toilet.