Manipur State Museum, Imphal
Inaugurated on 23rd September 1969 by Indira Gandhi, the then prime minister of India, the Manipur State Museum is considered to be the most prominent museum of the state is a major tourist attraction. The museum comprises galleries of archaeological, ethnology and natural history. The museum’s collection includes tribal ornaments, Manipuri textiles, agricultural equipment, historical dossiers, war weapons and tribal clothing to the range of royal artefacts exhibited including the ancient polo equipment and the costumes and other items of cultural relevance to the state. The most striking feature of the place is Hiyang Hiren, a royal boat which is 78 feet long, showcased in an open gallery.
Three Mothers Art Gallery & Museum
The Three Mothers Art Gallery Museum is an art lover’s paradise. It serves as a gallery as well as a museum. It is situated in the Thangapat Mapal Palace premise, Imphal East, at Manipur. The Three Mothers Art Gallery Museum, merely 4.3 km away from Imphal, was established in the year 1978. It is definite to enlighten the visitors and the upcoming generations with the rich tradition, culture, history and heritage of the state.
The mystery behind the nomenclature of the art gallery is revealed by the urge to signify mothers in various forms. Three mothers namely the motherland, the mother tongue and the birth giving mother are paid tribute and hence the nomenclature. The Three Mothers Art Gallery museum houses a unique art form namely the art form of Driftwood Sculpture. The art gallery has masterpiece of various size and shape ranging from small idols to massive dragons.
RKCS Art Gallery And Museum
Rajkumar Chandrajitsana Singh popularly known as RKCS, and Doyen among the local painters, a household name in the domain of fine arts in Manipur. Remarkable for imaginative portrayal, his paintings have been patronized by connoisseurs outside the state as well, viz. Mythological, Historical and contemporary events, with elan and authority. This private museum depicts rich cultural heritage and the history of Manipur’s bravery and is the most wonderful place to witness and savor pure artistic excellence.
Tuibuong Tribal Museum, Churachandpur
An interesting sightseeing choice, located in the downtown of Churachandpur, for all those who love to take a dig into the different Indian cultures is Tuibuong Tribal Museum. The museum takes you on a historical tour of the magnificent past of Manipur and its inhabitants. Basically, this popular museum in Churachandpur, through its rich exhibitions, gives you a glimpse into the time of erstwhile Kingdom of Manipur to the days when the entire country was ruled by Britishers and to the history of the post-independent era. Although, the museum does not have a much space, yet, it boasts some rarest and the finest collections that once a significant a part of the traditional and ancient Manipur. Be it antiques of tribal humans of the region, the tribal costumes or artefacts made up of bamboo and cane, you can expect to see all that in the display gallery of Tuibuong Tribal Museum. In addition to this, guns and various other forms of ancient ornaments are also put up on display in this beautiful museum. Every day, a large number of visitors, both tourists as well as locals, visit the place to quench their evergreen curiosity and are agog with curiosity to know about the rich traditional and cultural legacy of Manipur.
Tribal Museum and Research Centre
Tribal Museum and Research Centre is one of the best museums situated in the north-eastern states of India. Tribal Museum and Research Centre, located within Imphal city limits is a private museum constructed in 1987 which brought out a new show called ‘Know Your Manipur’ in the year 1997. The museum was built to support and preserve the different cultures of the different tribes of Manipur. There are about 750 items in the museum as artefacts which includes traditional dress, textile materials, ornaments, weapons, utensils, basketry and field implements which are collected from seventeen different tribal communities.
Sekta Archaeological Living Museum, Imphal
Also known as the Sekta Kei, The Sekta Archaeological Living Museum is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Imphal, which is famed for drawing attention of archaeologists, historians and tourists from across the globe. The museum houses rare and unfamiliar antiques detailing the history of the tribes of the 14th and 15th century which truly appears to be fascinating in its own way. Exploring the different sections in the museum gives the detailed insight about the tradition and rituals which the tribe followed during that time for their existence. Even though it is believed to be a burial site, the place has some vibes that grabs the attention of the visitors. One could spot an uncommon collection of human skulls, semi-precious stones, ornaments, pottery and metal equipment belonging to the erstwhile period are well-preserved in the museum which could be weird but interesting at the same time. Not just this, but the museum also has artefacts belonging to the ex-Meitei and Naga rulers, and memories of the Indian National Army. Adding to this, the land on which the Sekta Archaeological Living Museum stands was initially an excavated site, jointly unearthed by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the State Archaeology Department.
The People’s Museum in Kakching, Manipur
The People’s Museum in Kakching, Manipur, is a historical and ethnographic museum. It has accumulated nearly 1,200 rare manuscripts and scriptures belonging to the state. This includes much-sought-after sacred puyas or local religious texts. The museum has a rich collection of artefacts belongings to the Stone Age. Its repository includes wood carvings, wooden seats, tools and weapons used for hunting, and ancient and medieval manuscripts, which reflect the complex nature of the culture and civilisation of the state. The collection of pottery, tribal headgear, and rings belonging to medieval life stand as proof of ethnic diversity of Manipur.
The Kangla Museum, Imphal
The Kangla Museum in the old Victorian Building in Manipur serves as a space highlighting the culture, myths and legends of Kangla. It also serves as a bridge between cultures, especially when it comes to people from outside Manipur. The museum has two galleries. The first one houses portraits of rulers of Manipur, model of Kangla Fort, maps of the state during various periods, etc. The second gallery is made up of archaeological findings from Kangla.
Imphal Peace Museum
Britain and Japan, once adversaries during the 2nd world war have come together and inaugurated the Imphal Peace Museum to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Imphal. The museum is constructed by the support of The Nippon Foundation (TNF), a non-profit grant-making organization in collaboration with Manipur Tourism Forum and Manipur Government. The Imphal Peace Museum (IPM) is located 20 km Southwest of Imphal, at the foothills of Red Hill. The Battle of Imphal fought between British and Japanese saw some of the fiercest fighting of World War II at Maibam Lokpa Ching popularly known as Red Hill.
Manipur Science Centre
Manipur Science Center is a Science Popularisation Unit of the Dept. of Science & Technology, Government of Manipur. Set up in 2005 in collaboration with National Council for Science Museums, Govt. of India, it attracts more than 35,000 visitors in a year. Manipur Science Centre tucked away in the serene location of SAI Road Takyelpat has today become the happening place for students and youngsters to learn and enjoy simultaneously.
Zogam Tribal Museum, Churachandpur
Zogam Tribal Museum in Lamka town of Manipur’s Churachandpur district was opened with the aim of preserving tools used by the descendants of the Zo people. It is the first Zogam museum and the only one with recreational activities. The Zo people are a Tibeto-Burman tribe inhabiting India’s north-eastern states, Myanmar and Bangladesh. The museum houses various artefacts, tools and pictures from the Zogam culture. It has a telescope used by Watkin Roberts, a Welsh missionary who, as one of the first Christian missionaries in the region, was responsible for conversion of the locals into the Christian faith. The museum also has a leather cannon used during an uprising against British. It has a collection of pictures depicting in-fighting within the tribe. It also has a collection of various currencies used by the Zo people. The museum is run by Zogam Art and Cultural Development Authority.