Government Museum and Art Gallery is a momentous place where artifacts from the time before the Indian Independence are preserved. The museum is located at the Jan Marg in the Sector 10 C of Chandigarh. It is situated 2. 5 km away from the city's heart.
The Government Museum and Art Gallery is a remarkable place to observe prehistoric artifacts, paintings, souvenirs, and sculptures. It is also an architectural marvel designed by the Swiss-French architect, Le Corbusier. Before the partition of India, the museum was located in Lahore. After the partition, the objects, paintings, and sculptures were divided in between India and Pakistan and India claimed 40% of the items. The museum showcases graphic illustrations of the ancient and the modern ages of the living patterns with descriptions. The Government Museum has a number of galleries inside itself: Art Gallery, National Gallery of Portraits, Chandigarh Architecture Museum, and Natural History Museum. The Art Gallery comprises of antique Indian paintings, epigraphy and numismatics, decorative art, and a plethora of sculptures including Gandhara sculptures, metal sculptures, ancient and medieval sculptures, etc. National Gallery of Portraits showcases portraits and paintings related to the epic Indian independence. Chandigarh Architecture Museum is a depiction of Chandigarh's evolution from planning to becoming one of India's best cities. Natural History Museum consists of sections related to evolution of man, nature in art and manuscript, and fossils of dinosaurs.
Different exhibitions from modern artists are held in the Government Museum and Art Gallery, apart from the seminars and workshops related to the study art and culture. Also, sound and light shows are held here on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The best time to visit the museum is in the late afternoon. One can spend around 1-2 hours at this place.
The Government Museum and Art Gallery is a majestic place to relive the Indian Independence and to witness the ancient paintings, sculptures, and fossils. The Government Museum and Art Gallery can be visited during timings 10:00 AM - 4:45 PM. The museum remains closed on Monday and gazetted holidays. The entry fee is Rs. 10 and to click pictures an extra ticket of Rs. 5 must be bought.