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About Sarnath Museum

The Sarnath Museum or the Archeological Museum at Sarnath is just thirteen kilometers from Varanasi. For those tourists who are keen on visiting historical places and love to take a glimpse at the past, this museum holds much excitement. The oldest site museum of the Archaeological Survey of India, it contains historically important findings and excavations number more than 6,800. The museum is designed like a Sangharam or a vihara. Construction of the museum started in 1904 and was completed in 1910. An idea conceived by Sir John Marshall was designed by James Ransome keeping in mind Buddhist antiquities. Entirely made of sandstone, the structure has a flat roof. Central hall, galleries like monastic cells and verandah in front, like in the cells in a monastery, the design of the museum matches its surroundings and purpose. Excavated antiquities displayed in the galleries date back to a period stretching from 3rd century BCE to12th century AD. All unearthed in Sarnath, the rich collection of sculptures, edifices and artifacts contain several ancient remains and stone carved images of meditating Buddha and Bodhisattva. However, the most noteworthy exhibit in the museum is the Lion Capital of Ashoka.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Entry Fee INR 2
  • Closed On Fridays
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera

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