The Government Museum & Venkatappa Art Gallery are located in Kasturiba Gandhi Road, near the Vishveshwariah Technical Museum (which was absolutely stunning – more about it in a later post) and the Cubbon Park. This museum has a nominal entrance fee. The museum has a beautiful and an imposing structure (museum building shown in the above photo).
People who love their history might find this museum interesting. They have a collection of artefact’s and objects used by ancient people in this part of the world – They even have some objects excavated from Mohenjodaro site, which is almost 5000 a year old civilization! There are many galleries, each dedicated to some theme like musical instruments, bronze objects, etc all used by people who lived many centuries ago.
Perhaps the best part of this museum is the visual treat offered by various sculptures from around Karnataka, some of them dating back to more than 2000 years ago. Generally, I find the sculptures in Karnataka very impressive, and the ones preserved in this museum are quite beautiful. If you appreciate beauty in visual shapes and forms, the sculpture section of this museum is a must visit. Photography was not allowed inside the museum, and the one displayed above was taken outside it!
The Venkatappa Art Gallery is located right next to the Government museum building and both the places can be visited using the same entrance ticket. All the art works presented in this gallery were created mostly by an artist called Venkatappa. Looks like he seems to have liked hill stations. Some of the paintings were sceneries of landscapes from Ooty, Coorg, etc.
The paintings were quite nice! I found the Art Against War exhibition in the first floor of this gallery. The below painting displayed outside the museum is quite interesting – If you watch it closely, you’ll find cars, autos, scooters and other automobiles around the meditating person 🙂