Museums & Galleries of Chandigarh
The Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10-C, designed by Le Corbusier is situated in the heart of the city. Inaugurated on 1968, the museum constitutes three wings- an Art Gallery, Natural History Museum and the City Museum.
The Art Gallery is one of the most distinctive of its kind with different sections containing a modest collection of Indian stone sculptures dating back to the Gandhara period, together with some miniatures paintings and modern art. It also houses a good collection of modern Indian sculptures and graphics made by renowned artists in their respective fields. The other sections include a collection of Indian textiles, Indian metal and stone sculpture, decorative art, Indian miniature painting and Indian contemporary art. Besides these, there is a small collection of objects in stucco and terra cotta metal, ivory, lacquer, ceramic, enamel and fabric.
The City Museum opened in 1997, narrates the growth of Chandigarh city. The museum displays some rare plans, sketches and relevant photographs prepared by the Master Planner of the City. It also gives a glimpse of the original documents pertaining to the planning and evolution of the city. The museum arranged in three stories is dedicated to the History, Plan and execution of Development and the Present and Future of Chandigarh.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum or Museum of Evolution of Life opened to public on 1973 comprise various sections like Evolution of Man, Dinosaurs section, Cyclorama of Evolution of Life, Nature in Art and Manuscript. The origin of the earth and the evolution of life from the unicellular organism to its present state of biological diversity has been explained through exquisite paintings. The exhibits in this museum cover 5,000 years of Indian History from the Indus Valley Civilization to the present day. There are other galleries of astronomy, geology and the world of ancient man.
Child Art Gallery
The child art gallery exclusively meant for children is in the Museum block. The gallery exhibits works by young artists of Chandigarh. The museum frequently organises art workshops for students and children.
Visiting Hours : 10.00 a.m. to 04.30. p.m. all days except on Mondays and official holidays.
Entry Fee : Rs. 2 for adults. There is no entry fee for children below 5 years. There is also a camera fee of Rs. 5.
National Gallery of Portraits
The national gallery contains portraits of Indian freedom fighters, rare documents, sculptures, ceramic murals and recordings of the voices of 125 prominent figures of India's Independence movement. Inaugurated in 1977 and located in the basement of the Central State Library building in Sector 17, it is one of the three National Galleries (the other two are in Delhi and Calcutta) enriched with 1000 portraits and 100 panels piecing together India’s epic struggle for freedom. The library here contains about 1300 books on freedom struggle.
Visiting Hours : 09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m. all days except Saturday & Sunday and official holidays.
International Dolls Museum
This museum situated in Bal Bhawan in Sector 23, contains puppets and more than 300 dolls from nearly every country in the world. Inaugurated on 24th December 1985, the museum provides amusement to children. A toy train is also displayed in the museum.
Visiting Hours : 09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m. all days except Sundays.