The Ever Living Museum is prominent museum located at Mawshbuit, around 9 kms from Shillong. The Ever Living Museum was opened as a living testimony of one's love for nature, culture, tradition, history and posterity.
The Museum owned and operated by retired Meghalaya government engineer Kyntiewbor War. Inaugurated in April 2015 as the latest addition to Shillong's long list of museums, The Ever Living Museum is considered as a modern-day 'cabinet of curiosities', a microcosm of Meghalaya showing a collection of its tribes, stones and flowers, put together by this after years of combing the picturesque northeastern state.
The museum is set in a garden surrounded by tress of pears, plums and other wild fruits. The garden has some 100 varieties of orchids and wild flowers and around 25 varieties of ferns. The main museum, which is made of concrete, houses both ancient and contemporary weapons used by the tribes of Meghalaya. Besides, there is the joyous scope to discover musical instruments, which include drums, gongs, pipes, bamboo and iron mouth organs, concertina (a small accordion of yesteryears), and other string and bamboo instruments of Meghalaya. In the handicrafts section, there are miniature baskets, fish traps and sieves, all made of bamboo, miniature tree huts of the Garo tribe and bamboo huts of the Khasi tribe. The museum also houses the ancient dresses and jewellery of the Khasi, Garo and Rabha tribes of Meghalaya. There are Indian and foreign coins and currency notes as well, dating back to several centuries. Equally impressive is the collection of ammonite fossils that include snake and plant fossils.
Visitors can visit on all weekdays from timings 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The entry fee is INR 50 for adults and INR 25 for children.