Odisha State Museum

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Odisha State Museum
ଓଡ଼ିଶା ରାଜ୍ୟ ସଂଗ୍ରହାଳୟ
Bhubaneswar State Museum.jpg
Entrance gate of the Museum
Established 1932
Location BJB Nagar, Bhubaneswar, India
Coordinates 20°15′22″N 85°50′29″E / 20.2562°N 85.8415°E / 20.2562; 85.8415Coordinates: 20°15′22″N 85°50′29″E / 20.2562°N 85.8415°E / 20.2562; 85.8415
Director Manjushree Samantarai
Owner Government of Odisha
Website http://web.archive.org/web/20130206084619/http://orissamuseum.nic.in/

Odisha State Museum (Odia: ଓଡ଼ିଶା ରାଜ୍ୟ ସଂଗ୍ରହାଳୟ) is a museum in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. In its original form it was established in 1932 and later moved to the current building in 1960.[1] The museum is divided into eleven sections, viz, Archaeology, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Armoury, Mining & Geology, Natural History, Art & Craft, Contemporary Art, Patta Painting, Anthropology and Palmleaf Manuscripts.[1] The museum is headed by a superintendent and the administrative control lies in the hands of Cultural Affairs Department, Government of Odisha.


The origin of this museum can be traced back to 1932, when some historians and professors, like William Jones[disambiguation needed], Ghanashyam Das, N. C. Banerjee, Harekrushna Mahatab established a museum in Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. In 1945-46, the Museum was shifted to Brahmananda building in old Bhubaneswar and given the status of a State Museum by the Government of Odisha.[1] Later, the Museum was shifted to Patel Hall in 1950 and again to another building in Unit - I, Bhubaneswar. In 1957, the foundation of the Museum was laid by then President of India, Rajendra Prasad, and finally the Museum in the current building started operating from 1960.[1]


A statue of Buddha in the archaeology section
  • Archaeology
  • Contemporary art
  • Epigraphy
  • Numismatic
  • Arms and ammunitions
  • Art and craft
  • Mining & Geology
  • Anthropology
  • Sanskrit manuscript
  • Patta painting


Opening timing is 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM all days of the week except Monday.


  1. ^ a b c d Patel, C.B. "Origin and evolution of Orissa State Museum" (PDF). OHRJ. XLVII (3). Retrieved 11 March 2013. 

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