7 Riveting Museums in Meghalaya

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Meghalaya in itself is fascinating and intriguing; the cultural diversity, rich tribal history and vivid traditions grips your interest and leaves you mesmerized. Talking about the history and traditions, there are a number of museums in the state to enlighten you.

We have enlisted some of the must-visit museums in Meghalaya where you should surely pay a visit.

Top 8 Museums in Meghalaya

1. Don Bosco Museum

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Rating: 4.4 (based on 5259 google reviews)

Don Bosco Museum in Shillong is a museum with a publication and research centre and also serves as a repository for preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage and diversity of North-East India.

Built-in a unique hexagonal shape, the building contains seven floors, each representing the seven states of the North East.

Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture consists of seventeen galleries showcasing cultural paintings and artefacts. The centre is frequented by research students and anthropologists for its specialised library and research unit.

At the topmost storey of the museum, the visitors can witness different folk dance forms of the North East. The museum symbolises the cultural unity of the state.

Entry charge: Rs. 100 (for Indians) Rs. 200 (for Foreigners)
Location: Mawlai Phudmuri, Mawlai Mawdatbaki, Shillong, Meghalaya 793008
Closed on: Sunday
Average time spent: 1 hour 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Saturday: 09:00 AM-05:30 PM

2. Khasi Heritage Village

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Rating: 4.4 (based on 764 google reviews)

Spread across 8 acres, Khasi Heritage Village has been made as a model to display the lifestyle of the Khasi tribes. There are thatched huts made in the conventional Khasi style containing bedrooms, kitchens, storerooms etc. There's also a museum showcasing tools, artefacts and weapons, traditional and daily used items by the Khasi people. It also contains a section for archery displaying the traditional bows and arrows for the tourists.

This model village is filled with vibrance during the Monolith festival in the month of March. The festival was initiated by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council to reunite all the 53 himas of the Khasis with the help of a well-known platform for the display of culture. The festival also created a medium for visitors to learn about the rich Khasi culture and tradition. This occasion also brings out the indigenous musical talent of the Khasis to the world. Attending the Monolith festival is among the major things to do in Meghalaya.

Do visit this place to learn and appreciate the cultural diversity of India.

Best time to visit: March
Entry charge: Rs 20 per person
Location: Synrang Kaban, Meghalaya 793121
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 40 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 08:00 AM-06:00 PM

3. Air Force Museum

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Rating: 4.4 (based on 1881 google reviews)

Air Force Museum is a great place to learn about the nation's defense forces. Situated in the Upper Shillong area, the museum is a major attraction among adults as well as children.

The museum displays a number of photographs from Indo-Pak and Indo-China Wars. Apart from these, it showcases uniforms worn by fighter pilots and miniature replicas of missiles, rockets and air-crafts used in the wars.

Entry charge: Free entry
Location: 7th mile, HQ, EAC, Shillong, Meghalaya 793005
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:30 AM-05:30 PM

4. Ever Living Museum

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Rating: 4.3 (based on 187 google reviews)

Ever Living Museum is an epitome of one's love for Mother Earth, nature, tradition, culture and posterity. It is located in Mawshbuit, around 9 km from Shillong.

The museum consists of three sections- the main museum, stone museum and a garden with wild orchids, flowers and fruits.

The main museum showcases both ancient as well as presently used weapons by the tribes of Meghalaya. Apart from these, there are musical instruments such as drums, pipes, concertina, and other bamboo & string instruments of the region. Among the household items, there are the earthen pots of Garo tribe for fermentation of beer, earthen pots of Khasi tribe for storing rice, water and fermenting beer. There are also iron kettles, brass and copper pots for cooking and bamboo containers for storing water.

The stone museum displays 30 different types of stones collected from all across Meghalaya and elsewhere including stone-age tools, granite, flintstones, sand-weathering rocks, seashells, iron and copper ore. Gemstones such as amber, blue topaz, quartz and crystals can be found too. A fine collection of fossils here is equally impressive. Cave pearls and wood fossils of Meghalaya and sacred stones of the Khasi tribe are housed too.

Set in a beautiful garden surrounded by trees of plums and pears along with other wild fruits and wildflowers, the museum is truly tranquillizing.

Entry charge: Rs. 50 (for adults) and Rs. 20 (for children)
Location: Mawshbuit-Sweet Falls Road, East Khasi Hills District, Mawshbuit, Meghalaya 793007
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 11:00 AM-05:00 PM

5. Captain Williamson Sangma State Museum

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Rating: 4.1 (based on 168 google reviews)

The State Museum functions under the Art and Culture Department of Meghalaya. The museum was established in 1975 however, it was titled as Captain Williamson Sangma State Museum in 1999 in reverence to the Father of Meghalaya.

The museum portrays the lifestyles and cultural diversity of the various tribes of Meghalaya. Inside the museum, there are two galleries. The first gallery is dedicated to Jaitiya and Khasi tribes and there are tribal apparels, wooden crafts, traditional weapons, ornaments, musical instruments, Wein pottery, hand-woven baskets, Muga cloth and much more representing their culture.

The second gallery depicts the culture of the Garo tribe. It consists of similar artefacts, model bamboo huts, traditional weapons, turbans, exquisite ornaments etc. Visitors can also purchase some of the items displayed here.

The most interesting part of this museum is the section displaying the idols of the local patriots who fought for their tribe and their region. The museum provides a glimpse into the rich culture and diversity of the tribes of Meghalaya.

Entry charge: Rs 5 per person
Location: Secretariat Hills, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 45 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 10:00 AM-04:00 PM

6. Rhino Heritage Museum

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Rating: 4.1 (based on 603 google reviews)

Rhino Heritage Museum is one of the most prominent and historically significant museums in North East India. The museum was constructed in 1928 and was used to incarcerate Japanese war prisoners from World War II. This museum has been recently renovated and was inaugurated by Lt. Gen. Shokin Chauhan, the Director-General of Assam Rifles.

The museum stores many historical photographs and items depicting local culture. It provides an insight into the history of headquarters 101 area and its units. It also shows the participation of this unit in the Indo-Pak war of 1971. There are galleries displaying the remnants like uniforms of the martyred soldiers, medals and weaponry during the time of World War II.

The museum depicts the sheer bravery and valour of the soldiers of Assam Rifles. Visiting this place will fill you with a sense of patriotism and respect for the valiant Indian soldiers.

Entry charge: Rs 50 per person
Location: Zigzag Rd, ├Ćewduh, Bara Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya 793004
Closed on: Thursday
Average time spent: 45 minutes
Timing: Monday-Wednesday: 09:00 AM-01:00 PM and 03:00 PM-05:00 PM
Friday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-01:00 PM and 03:00 PM-05:00 PM

7. Butterfly Museum

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Rating: 3.8 (based on 408 google reviews)

Shillong's Butterfly Museum also known as Wankhar Entomology Museum is one of the most unique museums in the country. The museum preserves and displays a brilliant collection of butterflies, moths, beetles and other such insects.

The museum is privately owned and managed by Wankhar, Riantsamthiah. Regular programs about preserving different species of butterflies and other insects are also held here. This museum is a real treat for kids and adults as well.

A visit to this place will leave you spell-bound. The butterfly museum is one of the best places to visit in Shillong.

Entry charge: Rs 5 (per person)
Location: near Christian Academy School, Riatsamthiah, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001
Closed on: Sunday
Average time spent: 1 hour 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Friday: 10:00 AM-04:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM-01:00 PM

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