During our stay at Bhopal we went to see Birla Museum, which is located next to Birla Mandir, at Vallabh Bhavan. A cab was arranged for our visit to the museum by the travel desk at the hotel and we reached the museum in the evening at 4.00 pm. The museum was a large building and was established in 1971. It is open to the public on all days except Mondays and the public holidays. You can visit it from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. the entry fee is Rs. 5 per person and if you are a foreigner, it is Rs.50 per person.
You get an idea about the rich culture and heritage of Madhya Pradesh by visiting the museum. The path leading to the museum building has ornamental plants and flowering plants on either side and is well-maintained and neat. I also saw some stone sculptures in the garden. The entrance was wide and large and we stepped into a large circular hall inside. To the left of the circular hall is the Siva Gallery, which attracts visitors with a number of sculptures, specially two from the 10th century, a Dancing Ganesh and Uma-Maheswari.
Next to this gallery is the Bhimbhetka rock shelter with its ancient murals and paintings. Next to the rock shelter and just opposite to the entrance and is the Vishnu Gallery. Other items in the museum included the tools and other things implements by the primitive man belonging to the Paleolithic and Neolithic ages. There was a wide collection of coins also, belonging to various periods in history. We spent a lot of time examining the different coins.
A number of manuscripts and objects made of terracotta were other attractions in the museum. They belonged to the period from 2nd century BC to 6th century AD. All objects in the museum were well preserved and beautifully exhibited and we had a wonderful time in the museum examining each object and learning about it. The visit to the museum taught us a lot about the history of Madhya Pradesh and its rich culture. It was of great benefit for my kids who loved history.