Allahabad Museum is one of the best-kept museums in India and that is what makes it a must visit destination in Allahabad. The specialty of this museum lies in the fact that it has separate galleries devoted to archeological findings, natural history exhibits, art gallery and artifacts donated by Jawaharlal Nehru.
Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, himself
inaugurated Allahabad Museum in 1947. The museum boasts off a large
collection of displays that are scattered across whopping 18 galleries!
The objects on view include prehistoric and Indus Valley antiquities,
stone sculpture, terracotta, bronzes, seals, miniature paintings,
Buddhist thanks, textiles, weapons, medieval land grants as well as
documents and the personal effects of Nehru and the freedom movement.
Beautiful stone images, intricately carved temple pillars and lintels
dating from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD, represent
important dynasties, both ancient and medieval. There are antiquities
from nearly all the renowned schools of sculptures namely Gandhara,
Mathura, Kausambi and Sarnath.
Nevertheless, the most interesting part of the display is the
magnificent terracotta collection of this museum. Indeed, the collection
is counted among the largest of its kind in the world. The oldest on the
display dates as back as the fall of Indus valley civilization. The
subject of these terracotta ranges from dancing and amorous scenes to
bacchanalian feasts and hunts. The coin collection has outstanding too
and includes Kushana and Gupta gold coins, while the manuscripts that
are mainly in Sanskrit, date from the 16th century onwards.