History of Punjab: Museums in Punjab
Punjab museums possess an extensive range of paintings and sculptures by contemporary Indian artists as well as a collection of Indian miniatures of the Mughal Rajsathani, Pahari and Sikh schools. The museums also house a fine collection of medals, arm and armours, objects of princely states with sections on Archaeology, Anthropology, Tribal and folk arts depicting different concepts and scopes in the patterns of Art and Culture.
Amritsar, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
Ram Bagh. Matchless collection of paintings, arms and armours. manuscript and coins of 18th and 19th Century. There are three Art Galleries too, in the city one attached to the Golden Temple, the other to Jallianwala Bagh and the third named after the city’s famous artist, Thakar Singh.
Fatehgarh Sahib. Repository of archaeological finds of Punjab’s ancient civilisation. 40 Km from Chandigarh on Chandigarh-Ludhiana road. One of the most important monument here is a Stupa with Budhist Monastry dating back to Ist -2 nd century.
Angol Sikh War Memorial, Ferozeshah
Ferozepur, contains portraits of historical personalities, paintings, depicting scenes of battles of the Anglo-Sikh Wars. Poetic couplets of the contemporary poet Shah Muhammad are also embossed on the walls of the memorial which describe the detail of the battles in Punjabi language.
Hoshiarpur contains fossils and rare sculptures collected from the archaeological site of Dholbaha, dating back to the stone age. The rare relics collected here are of an astonishing variety. They are also in good shape.
Rural Museum, Punjab Agricultural University
Ludhiana contains exotic exhibits of the
faded and fading aspects of
the rural Punjabi culture. Rare
relics of the era gone by, its arts,handicrafts, modes of eking out a living make the finest of displays.
Qila Mubarak Patiala, Museum of Armoury & Chaneliers
The Darbar Hall contains rare cannons, swords, shields and maces, daggers of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, sword of Nadar Shah etc.and rich collection of Chandeliers from Europe- one of the best collections in the world.
Art Gallery at Sheesh Mahal
Patiala, contains a rare collection of miniature paintings and paintings in Kangra, Rajasthan and Patiala styles, special section on Tibetan Arts and Artifacts etc. and its Medal Gallery contains the world’s largest collection of Medals and decorations.
Sports Museum, National Institute of Sports, Patiala
one of the few exhibition centres of its type, contains rare photographs, medals and kits etc. of the great Indian sportsmen. It is set in the sylvan surroundings of Moti Bagh Palace.
Guru Teg Bahadur Museum
Anandpur Sahib, Ropar, depicts the saga of Sikh history. Its paintings have been done by leading contemporary artist of Punjab.