Jawaharlal Nehru Museum, Itanagar

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Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum
Jawaharlal Nehru Museum.JPG
Entrance of Jawaharlal Nehru Museum
Location State Museum Road,
Itanagar 791111
Coordinates 27°06′07″N 93°37′30″E / 27.102036°N 93.625003°E / 27.102036; 93.625003
Type ethnographic and archeological
Owner Government of Arunachal Pradesh

The Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum also referred as Jawaharlal Nehru Museum is the state museum of Arunachal Pradesh, in Itanagar. Established in the 1980s,[1] it showcases aspects of tribal life of Arunachal Pradesh, India. These include clothing, headdress, weapons, handicraft, music instruments, jewellery and other artifacts of daily use and culture, besides archeological finds.[2][3]

Over the years, the museum has become an important tourist destination in the state capital.[3][4]

Collection and activities[edit]

The ground floor of the museum houses an extensive ethnographic collection, including traditional art, musical instruments, religious objects, and handicrafts, like wood carving and cane products, while the first floor has archaeological objects found in Ita Fort, Noksparbat and Malinithan in West Siang district.[5]

Apart from its collection, the museum runs a workshop for traditional cane products at its Handicrafts Centre. The museum shop sells tribal handicrafts.[6]

In 2011, Tapi Mra, the first person from the state to scale Mt. Everest, donated his entire expedition gear to the museum.[7]


  1. ^ H. G. Joshi (2005). Arunachal Pradesh: past and present. Mittal Publications. p. 59. ISBN 8183240003. 
  2. ^ Bradnock, Robert; Bradnock, Roma (1 March 2001). Indian Himalaya handbook: the travel guide. Footprint Travel Guides. p. 340. ISBN 978-1-900949-79-8. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Itanagar". Government of Arunachal Pradesh. Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum 
  4. ^ "President to visit Arunachal Pradesh". The Hindu. Oct 14, 2002. ..Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum.. 
  5. ^ T. Raatan (2006). History, religion and culture of north east India. Gyan Books. p. 29. ISBN 8182051789. 
  6. ^ "Arunachal Pradesh". Global Security. 
  7. ^ "Everest conquerer [sic] presents gear to museum". 17 Sep 2011.