About Archaeological Site Museum, Sanchi

Archaeological Museum Sanchi consists of a main hall, four galleries, and a wide array of exhibits in the verandah and in the open courtyards. In the main hall, the exhibits will surely take the visitors to different eras in history. The sculptures represent different periods in Indian history like Mauryan, Satvahana, Gupta, Sunga and Kushana. One of the iconic pieces that the museum houses is the Lion Capital of Ashoka, which leaves people awestruck by its magnificence. Other famous sculptures and images that the museum houses is a figure of Nagaraja, which is a reminder of the post Gupta period. Also displayed in the main hall of the museum is the figure of Buddha, seated magnanimously with a smile on his face. A huge figure of Padmapani also graces the main hall, carrying a lotus in the right hand. The first gallery displays huge sculptures of Buddha made out of sandstone. The second gallery is divided into two parts, where the first consists of sculptures from the 3rd century BC to 12th century BC, and the second displays iron objects dating back to the medieval period.

Outstanding Universal Value

Built on a hilltop by Sir John Marshall in 1919, the Archeological Museum Sanchi was later moved to a college building at the foothills of Sanchi Stupa in the year 1966. In the very same year, the museum was also opened to the public. The museum was built at a time when Sir Marshall was the Director General of Archeological Survey of India. The museum was originally constructed in a small building in order to house some of the most treasured and precious wealth of India’s glorious history. However, due to space limitations, the museum had to be set in a bigger space. It is one of the most frequented tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh.

Monument Information


NH-86, Near Sanchi Stupa, District Raisen, Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh 464661

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport :Raja Bhoj Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station :Bhopal Junction and Habibganj Railway Station
  • Nearest Bus Station : Kushabhau Thakre Inter State Bus Terminal, Bhopal

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : 06:00:00 am
  • Closing Time :06:00:00 pm


  • Monsoon : Maximum - 39 °C, Minimum - 23 °C.

    Summer : Maximum: 41 °C, Minimum: 27 °C

    Winter : Maximum - 23°C, Minimum - 10 °C

    Recommended Season to Visit : Winter Season (November to April)

Facilities available At the Monument

Contact Details

  • Shri S. K. Verma
  • Phone: 07482 - 266728
  • E-mail: scsanchi.asi@gmail.com

Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.
INDIAN Visitor:
Total ₹ 5
₹ 5 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
Total ₹ 5
₹ 5 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
SAARC Visitor:
Total ₹ 5
₹ 5 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
BIMSTEC Visitor:
Total ₹ 5
₹ 5 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax