Directorate of Archaeology, Archives and Museums

Government of Madhya Pradesh

Central Museum Indore

Opening & Closing Time of Museum: Morning 10.00 AM to Evening 5.00 PM

Entry Fee:

Indian Citizen: Rs.10.00

Foreigner: Rs 100

Photography fee: Rs. 50 each camera

Videography fee:Rs. 200 each camera


  1.  No entry fee for Children up to 15 years  and  handicaped persons
  2. Museum will be closed on monday and Govt. holidays.
  3. The Departmental publications, books, folders, post cards and plaster cast replicas are available at Sales Counter.

Central Museum Indore

Museum Building

Central Museum Indore was established as institution of education department named ‘Nararatna Mandir in 1923 by then holkar state, which was housed in a building on M.G. Road presently known as Devlalikar gallery, During the period of Holkar king Tukojirao III. The main objective of this institution was to collect photos and documents of great personalities. This institution was provided with a library. It was decided to create a museum during the time of collection of artifacts and antiquities scattered throughout the State. Consequently, in 1929 a museum was formed in Nararatna Mandir. On account of its position at the centre of Holkar State the museum was declared as Central Museum. In 1965, the museum was shifted in present building. The museum having ancient artifacts and antiquities has gone through various changes according to museology and choice of the common people. In 1975, coins gallery and antiquity galleries were formed in this museum named Devi Ahilya mudra withi. Though a gallery for antiquities and excavation material was also formed. But stone sculptures were always the centre of attraction. In 1977, the selected stone sculptures found from Hinglajgarh of Mandsaur district were braught to the museum. Consequently, a new gallery known as Hinglajgarh Art Gallery was formed. Presently, there are total eight galleries in the museum which are displayed with various artifacts subject wise. They are as under:

Open Air Display

Open Air Display

Tirthankar Aaadinath (11th c.AD.) Open Air Display

In additon, the open premises of the museum is occupied by various artifacts, cannons, the model of brick built Lakshman temple of Sirpur and Garuda stambha (pillar) of Heliodorus of Besnagar.








Index Gallery & Display Hall

Chamunda Padmawati Gauri Nrisimha (11th c.AD.) (11th c.AD.) (11th c.AD.) (12th c.AD.)

This hall is used for exhibitions in various occasions. There are models of some of the remarkable architectural edifices of Madhya Pradesh. Besides, in some showcases miniature stone sculptures art and decorated antiques have been displayed. But the main collection belongs to Hingalajgarh. The sculptures of Saiva, Shakta, Vaishnava, Jaina, and Buddhist cults have been collected from this place and displayed in the museum. The important sculptures are of Dashavatara, Siva and Siva-family, Dikpalas, Surya, Parvati, Lakshmi, Saptamatrika, Jaina Yaksha-Yakshis, Nayak-Nayikas, and some Buddha figures. These sculptures are datable from 4th -5th century AD to 18th century AD.

Antiquity Gallery

Vishnu riding on Garuda Siva seated on Nandi Tirthankara Aadinatha (12th c.AD.) (10th c.AD.) (11th c.AD.)

This gallery is highly informative in which the evolution of man and his belongings in various periods have been displayed. There are antiquities of Mohen-jo-daro excavtions of Harappan civilization, which were sent to this museum in 1936-37 by the Custodian of Mohen-jo-daro. The antiquities of chalcolithic period unearthed from Kayatha, Awara, Navadatoli, Dangawda, Ajadnagar, Khera, Pagara, and Kasharawad excavations all from Madhya Pradesh have also been displayed in this gallery. These antiquities include terracatta objects, beads, bangles alongwith pottery.








Inscription Gallery

Inscriptions and copper plates are displayed in this gallery. Among these, the stone inscription of Rashtrakuta king Nannap dated 710 AD, the stone inscriptions of Mandap fort and Okhla, copper plates of Gupta-Feudal kings found from Bagh in Dhar Distrcit, Danpatras of Parmara king Bhoja and copper plates belong to Rajputas are noteworthy.

Coin Gallery

This gallery is displayed with the story of origin of the coins followed by important coins in chronological order. The important coins are punch marked coins, cast coins, Ujjayini coins, Kushana coins, Kshatrapa coins, Naga coins, Vallabhi coins, Roman coins, Indo-Sassanian coins, Gadhaya coins, Gupta coins, Kalchuri, Parmara, Delhi Sultanate, Malva Sultan, Mughal, Later Mughal, and Holkar coins. The dies of the symbols engraved on the coins have also been displayed in this gallery.

Italian & Contemporary Gallery

This gallery is composed of marble – artifacts, ivory-vase, decorated plate, taunk, metal images and medals of Bhopal & Indore States.

Weapons Gallery


The gradual development of arms & armourer... associated with the Maratha, Rajput, Mughal and British period have been displayed in this gallery. The important arms & weapons are sword, shield, dagger, khocha, gupti, etc. Various kinds of guns such as Flintlock, Mechlock, Jazel, Pistol, Revolver, hunting gun, Pen pistol, etc, are displayed over here. The gallery is also provided with cannons and its moulds.







Contemporary Paintings Gallery


This gallery contains the paintings and photographs of British, Maratha and Rajput period datable to 20th century. Among these; some of the objects belong to the painters of Indore such as Devlalikar, Srenik Jain, Mirza Ismail Beg, etc. Besides,there are replicas of Bagh-paintings prepared by L.N. Bhawsar and Mirza Ismail Begh. The original figures of the same are not available in the Bagh caves now.