Bapu Museum, Vijayawada

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Bapu Museum
Bapu museum 18.jpg
LocationVijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, IndiaIndia
Created1887 (1887)
Operated byDepartment of Archaeology & Museums[1]
Statusunder renovation[2]

The Bapu Museum (formerly: Victoria Jubilee Museum) is an archaeological museum, located at M. G. Road of Vijayawada.[3] It was renamed in the memory of the renowned film director, illustrator, cartoonist and author Bapu (film director).[4]The museum is maintained by the Archaeological department and has large collection of sculptures, paintings and artifacts of Buddhist and Hindu relics, with some of them as old as 2nd and 3rd Centuries. The structure of building is an Indo-European style of architectural and is more than a hundred years old structure.[5]

Statue of Nuzvid Zamindar at bapu museum


The museum was created as part of the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887. The foundation stone was laid by Robert Sewell, District Collector of Krishna district, on 27 June 1887.[6] Sri Pingali Venkayya presented a tri-colour flag to Mahatma Gandhi at this location in 1921. The building initially housed industrial exhibitions. It was converted to an archaeological museum under the auspices of the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Andhra Pradesh, in 1962.[6]

Paintings and relics[edit]

The museum has historical galleries, stone cut writings, coins, swords, body armour, shields, arms, ornamentation, etc., used by kings. A standing Buddha of white limestone of Alluru (3rd–4th century),[7] Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga as slaying the buffalo demon, Mahishasura (2nd century) can also be found at the museum.[8]



  1. ^ "Department of Archaeology & Museums". India: Government of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  2. ^ "bapu museum". hindu. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  3. ^ Shridharan, J.R. "Vijayawada's Bapu Museum all set for a makeover". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  4. ^ Sahiti, P. Navya. "Bapu museum to reopen with new frills". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  5. ^ "etymology of museum". myvijayawada. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Museum info". Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  7. ^ Tourist Guide to Andhra Pradesh. Sura Books. p. 36. ISBN 9788174781765. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Museum features". Retrieved 12 June 2014.